By Harry Freedman
Let’s say you’re a conservative Republican. Or better yet, let’s say you’re part of a dying breed of moderate Republicans. You are against higher taxes, you want the government to be streamlined and you want less regulation interfering with your business. Okay, fine.
Now, let’s say you live in Oyster Bay and have continued voting Republican despite the corruption and 750 million dollars in debt because you just don’t trust the Democrats.
So you voted Joe Saladino and all the Republicans back onto the Oyster Bay Town Council and you feel good about that. But now that the election is over, you’re too busy to fully pay attention.
So you might not know that they are undoing the ethics promises they made during the campaign or giving large raises to their top officials or hiring recycled officials from the same Republican machine that gave us the Mangano/Venditto payoff culture to begin with. You might not know how much you’re paying in interest on that $750 million dollars for a group that created the magical illusion that they are the party of “Fiscal Conservatives.”
But, if you have a credit card, mortgage or any kind of loan, you know interest payments are a tricky business. They seem harmless at first as long you’re on time. But if you’re late, and then late again, and then borrow more at higher rates to pay off some of the original debt, you end up in a spiral of never- ending debt and higher interest rates that would never have happened if you had been a little more careful to begin with. Well, that’s our town in a nutshell.
That means a large portion of your taxes pay for nothing. That money will never be used to fix our roads, parks, environment, or safety.
It will simply go to paying off the interest on the money they borrowed and it will never end as long as the same system is in place that started it in the first place. And, incredibly, it looks like the town is getting ready to borrow even more. Because they operate on the principle of “Let’s put off till tomorrow what we can’t afford to pay today.”
The Oyster Bay Republicans, Government for the Government, Not the People.