Guest Commentary: Endorsement of Liberal Greenfield By Golden and Kassar Raises Serious Questions
I was asked by my friends at Atlas to investigate the mounting questions about the 44th City Council race. Because of this, I’ve been taking a close look at David Greenfield’s webpage. He’s the man Marty Golden and a few sycophantic politicians have endorsed. Most recently, Conservative Party Chieftan Jerry Kassar threw his weight behind Greenfield. But, after looking at Greenfield’s positions more closely, I am at a loss to understand why these two people (Golden and Kassar) have endorsed this character.
Firstly, without saying anything else, he’s a Democrat. He’s not a Conservative. He’s not a Republican. He’s not even a good Libertarian. He’s a stinking Democrat.
Yep, you heard right.
But even forgetting that, there is nothing particularly conservative or Republican about his “platform.” In fact, let’s talk about some of the campaign issues this liberal Democrat has “taken on.”
Greenfield talks about how he “created” jobs for people. Guess how he did that? Here’s your answer, right from his site:
Too many people are out of work or underemployed. That’s why David worked closely with top elected officials and community organizations …to create over 100 well-paying jobs in the community through the federal Title I program. At City Hall, David will work hard to create more employment opportunities for our community.
So, what? He’s going to use federal funds to make more jobs for the city? He’s going to rob from Peter to pay Paul?
Give me a break? Have you ever heard of anything more anti-conservative and anti-Republican?
Were Golden and Kassar aware of this when they endorsed him? I hope not.
Next, he wants to give free bus and train rides to all of our children. Sounds like a good idea right? But wait? He’s not talking about MTA. He’s talking about private bus companies. How much is that going to cost? The MTA doesn’t claim to have any money, and now he wants to take money for public transportation to give to private bus companies? Sounds odd to say the least.
But he’s not through. He wants to give $2,500 per child to every family to spend towards whatever they like regarding education.
In other words, he wants to give welfare to people.
He uses language like “tax credit” (sounds like Obama to me) to hide the fact that he’s basically pursuing a liberal agenda. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m all for tax cuts. But what he’s talking about is government taking money from you just to give back to you and others (less of course).
But he does say “tax credit.” I have to wonder, is this just a tax credit for the super-rich? That’s a lot of money for the city to be giving out. And who pays that much in taxes to begin with? I think only people making six to seven figures.
I have serious problems with The Conservative Party endorsing a guy who wants to give away loads of money to people who don’t need it. That is very troubling.
Moreover, for Conservatives, there are many questions that remain unanswered. What is Greenfield’s position on abortion? What is his position on gay marriage? Do his views comport with fellow conservatives? Is this a man with an actual conscience?
How would anyone know? But the man is certainly not in the right party if he has conservative views.
For Republicans, what does he want to do to grow the Republican Party? Is he just another Bloomberg? Or more likely a pawn of Democratic machine politicians? Looks to me like he’s just another puppet of the Democrats looking to be handed his election on a silver platter.
That irks Republicans more than anything else. Taking things for granted.
For Libertarians, why is David Greenfield so comfortable using taxpayer money? Does he believe in less government and more government efficiency?
I don’t think so, based on his website. It just seems like the usual liberal free-for-all with no strings attached.
These are all questions that Marty Golden and Jerry Kassar will have to answer. Why is it that they so quickly and so happily endorsed a man who is basically a liberal Democrat endorsed by other liberal Democrats?
Do Golden and Kassar represent the interests of conservatives anymore?
Based on this endorsement, I’m beginning to think the answer is no.