New Yorkers who have been paying attention must wonder what to think about the interests that rule the roost in Albany. On one hand, you local doctor or hospital might do its best to make you well. On the other hand, despite getting far more taxpayer money here than elsewhere, the Greater New York Hospital Association and Local 1199 put out commercials threatening to kill our babies if there is any limit on their funding. On one hand, many NYC schoolteachers use their own money to buy school supplies. On the other hand, the UFT has as its top goal a retirement at age 55, not a better education for New York City’s children. Many city residents have friends and relatives in the suburbs or upstate who seem nice enough. But their representatives in Albany have created a reverse Robin Hood school aid system that may be the least just in the nation, all at the expense of New York City’s children. The members of the TWU rebuilt the transit system after the 1970s. But they went on strike to get an early retirement at age 50, the cost of which would re-create the 1970s, without ever thinking about their own situation relative to those who pay their salaries, most of whom have no pension at all. Your grandma seems nice. The AARP gets more health benefits for the seniors, without giving a damn about the uninsured, or what will be left (besides debt) for future generations when they get old. Your state legislator seems like a nice guy; the legislature is evil.
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