2012-10-19 / Letters

Not Fare

Dear Editor,

How disappointing to recently learn that the cash strapped Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (which has to raise fares for both PATH riders and tolls on bridges) had to also provide several million dollars to assist covering the costs each time President Obama has visited New York for his several dozen campaign fundraising events.

His visits to NYC result in disrupting travel for tens of thousands of New Yorkers along with contributing to traffic gridlock for an equal number of residents. Obama continues to enjoy building up his “frequent flyer” mileage with his 30 visits here for campaign reelection fundraising events. Each trip on “Air Force One” costs taxpayers a fortune for logistics and secret service protection. We are stuck with the tab for police and traffic support. White House standard operating procedure is to start with a public event which can be billed to taxpayers. By fortunate coincidence, he is also able to use this visit as a vehicle to generate publicity for his reelection campaign. While conveniently “in town” for so called official business, he has an excuse to participate in a series of fundraising events later in the day. This trick has been repeated by Obama dozens of times during the year all over the nation. Perhaps his time might be better spent in Washington attempting to conduct the nation’s business rather than attempting to win a second term. No previous president has spent so much time away from Washington to participate in a record number of “public events” followed by fundraising events than Obama.

Do as I say, not as I do applies to Obama and Congressional Democrats. Bash the wealthy with one hand, but get the big bucks with the other hand. Those in attendance paying from $10,000 to $40,000 per ticket include the usual 1% crowd along with Wall Street, lobbyists, trial lawyers, real estate developers, Hollywood celebrities, special interest groups, millionaires and the Pay for Play crowd. At those prices, the 99% working or middle class people like us were hard to come by, except in the kitchen or serving. I couldn’t afford the price of a ticket, but was willing to park limousines, check coats or bus tables. What was that tired old refrain about the Democratic Party being the friend of the working and middle class while those nasty greedy old Republicans are the wealthy big buck fat cats?

LARRY PENNER

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