On consumer spending: 

“Spending by consumers makes up 70 percent of our economy. However, in terms of real purchasing power, the typical family earns less today than it did in 2000. Billionaires invested millions of dollars in politicians to get their taxes lowered, loopholes made wider, subsidies increased and bailouts more generous. They demand less regulation, but lengthier patents and copyrights. They are allowed to raise prices, weaken unions and make trade deals that allowed corporations to outsource jobs abroad while reducing wages. Many billionaires became very wealthy, while the average Republican voters typically earned less and paid more in taxes. Sales diminished, because they forgot that their workers are also consumers. They pushed real wages down, so that some couldn’t afford to buy what their business sold. A smaller share of the economy would’ve produced a stronger middle class. They should’ve been less selfish and not thought only about short-term gains.”

On Oneonta’s proposed dog park:

“Fifty-eight thousand dollars for a dog park. Will city dog owners need to purchase a special tag to enter to use the park and ‘out-of-city’ dogs need to pay each time they are there? That rule applies to children using the city park swimming pool. What has priority in this city, dogs or children?”

On municipal debt in New York:

“Very poor budgeting. Wake up New York!”

“New York is a beautiful state but has one of the three worst governments in the country. Most of the problems New York state has comes from the voters in New York City.”

“I believe the schools upstate get a lot more funding than any public school in New York City. Those children aren’t offered nearly as much; they get by with very little.”Color/Black

“Well, if the New York lottery money was used for what it was designed for (the schools) it wouldn’t be an issue, but sleazy people in charge help themselves.”

On the closure of the Sip and Sail bar:

“Ha, nothing has changed in 20 years. This was a hot-spot for underage drinking back in the late ‘90s. I was more surprised to read that they were still open!”

“The biggest problem with this is if they shut down the bars (where kids are drinking very publicly in the view of law enforcement and other adults) the kids will start drinking in private houses where all sorts of worse things will happen. We need a sensible drinking policy because shutting down the bars will not lead to less drinking, it will just lead to drinking in less-safe environments.”

“The drinking age should have stayed 18. If you can die for your country you should be able to have a drink and it’s preventing absolutely nothing. I do however feel that the staff is negligent in not performing their due diligence. That place is often packed way beyond capacity.”

“I have to say, I kind of feel bad for the owners. They are victims of bad policy. Half of the downtown area would be boarded up without underage drinking (which I do not condone, btw). But the city zoned for another bar, of which there are too many to survive. The SLA issued another license.”

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