This is a lift from a post on The Neighborhood Retail Alliance. It is an interesting perspective on the issue and the Working Families Party Dan Cantor's "selfish" remark. WFP has tight reins on the Senate Democrats; they are large contributors financially as well as providing ground troops for Senate Democrats during campaigns and thus control some of their agenda including the tax increase that caused Golisano to flee NY.
And here is another take on the Golisano issue by E.J. McMahon, read Golisano Gone
Posted by Neighborhood Retail Alliance.
Tom Golisano is taking his leave of New York State and his departure, while failing to conjure up any real feelings of loss and regret, does make an important statement: "New York billionaire Tom Golisano
is taking his big bucks elsewhere. Furious over a new "millionaire's
tax" that could cost him an extra $1 million this year, the
Rochester-area resident and three-time gubernatorial candidate says
he's fleeing the state for Florida's Gulf Coast."
You see, when
you continue to raise taxes on the wealthy-not to mention all of the
businesses taxes and fees-it is bound to eventually create the kind of blowback that Golisano's
departure represents. You can gnash your teeth all you want about this,
but it doesn't change a thing. These kinds of policies are
counterproductive-no matter how self righteous their proponents are. And, speaking of self righteousness, how about the reaction to the Golisano going from the WFP's Dan Cantor: "Working Families Party Executive Director Dan Cantor, who championed the tax hike, called Golisano's
move "selfish." "It's a disgrace that this is how he pays back the
state where he was presumably educated and that's been so good to him,"
Cantor said. "Taxes are the price you pay for civilization. He's moving
to a space where there's a little bit less civilization."
How sour are the grapes here? Golisano
has been a major philanthropist in New York; and he's repaid by the
confiscators for his generosity with additional levies needed to
compensate for their public profligacy. As the Business Council's Ken
Adams tells the Post: "What kind of message does it send when a
self-made entrepreneur, incredibly successful billionaire, throws in
the towel on New York state?" said state Business Council President
Kenneth Adams. "He's a bold-faced name making a bold move, but he
follows hundreds of thousands of people who have already done the same
Yes, we're driving the wealthy and business out of the state. And we have a politics that is driven by the WFP
folks who, if allowed to get their way, will soon have us repeating the
debacle of the 1970s; trying to run a socialist government in a
capitalist economy. It appears that those sober lessons haven't really