We have a champion for state govt reform and cutting legislators wasted salaries (they are going into special session in the fall to vote themselves a HUGE raise---boot their butts out!!!) We need to get everyone on this and make it a huge issue. PLease contact Rep Katz, he represents an upstate district but works in the Bronx, and help him out.
Even if you don't live in NY you can help Steve with his campaign and with finances to get the reformist message out. If we can get the pay raise stopped and the reformist message moving in NY, it will benefit everyone in the country. It will send a signal like that of Scott Walker in Wisconsim.
"[W]hen the resolution of enslaving America was formed in Great Britain, the British Parliament was advised by an artful man, - who was governor of Pennsylvania, to disarm the people; that it was the best and most effectual way to enslave them; but that they should not do it openly, but weaken them, and let them sink gradually, by totally disusing and neglecting the militia." --George Mason, speech in the Virginia Ratifying Convention, 1788
"I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious." --Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow, 1824
James Madison, often called the Father of the Constitution told us his intentions. ""We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it. We have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves and to sustain ourselves according to the
Ten Commandments of God"
(It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect." --Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on a National Bank, 1791