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We get what we vote for
October 21, 2010 - John D'Agostino
As the November election becomes closer, it is interesting to note a column written by Douglas Turner, former Washington Bureau chief of The Buffalo News.
In Monday’s edition, Turner criticized residents of Western New York for their continued acceptance of the status quo — and the leaders who have sat by and watched business and population dwindle while they have helped raise taxes. He notes both Democrats Brian Higgins and Louise Slaughter are favorites to win the Nov. 2 election, but questions why.
"The Democrats’ product is this: Steady population loss over two decades, outsourcing of industrial jobs, weakening home-grown small businesses, unemployment and the painful flight of the young to Sun Belt states whose policies have little in common with New York," Turner wrote.
Even more interesting is the lack of support both candidates have shown for business. "On a scale of 100 to zero on the enterprise’s 'business friendly' barometer, Higgins and Slaughter each pulled zeroes for 22 selected votes on health care costs, new taxes on gasoline and home heating energy, and new federal regulations on small business over the last two years," Turner reported.
Of course, when this newspaper — and other residents — asked about town meetings on the health care plan that Higgins' backed, we were basically told there was no need for those meetings. In other words, mind your own business.
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