Excerpts from: Pork dollars are in essence buying votes Donn Esmonde
"If you are a soccer league, fire department, AMVETS Post, Boys&Girls Club or similar group, there is a good chance that you are on his list.
The problem is that you and I are buying the gifts."
"It stinks because our tax dollars are used for what amounts to a campaign slush fund."
"It stinks because groups that deserve tax dollars should get it directly from the budget. It stinks because candidates use our money to inoculate themselves against voter frustration. It stinks because it makes for unfair elections."
In a closing line: “People should be outraged,” said Blair Horner of NYPIRG, the good-government group. “It is a political spoils system, and there is no defense for it.”
Lancaster's Patronage Hiring and Appointments = Pork.
"It stinks because our tax dollars are used for what amounts to a campaign slush fund"
But why start at the state level?
Look at Towns like Lancaster. Not only does one group control every tax funded donation. They control the Towns Contractual spending.
Volunteer Fire Company's, LVAC, Boys & Girls Club, Summer Jobs Programs, Law Enforcement Hiring, Building Inspectors, Highway Department hiring and appointments, Parks Department hiring and appointments, Planning Board appointments, Zoning Board Appointments, Sewer Board Appointments, Senior Center positions, and on and on.
The same group controls 3 out of 4 Political Party Committees and their Candidate choices.
"People should be outraged, said Blair Horner of NYPIRG, the good-government group. It is a political spoils system, and there is no defense for it."