New York residents, we have an advocate to help us keep our Governor in line ?
FROM "RADIO EQUALIZER' FOR APRIL 3 WEBSITE:
RUSH LIMBAUGH: Well, it has happened again, folks. I've always said if you place a bag of manure in front of a Democrat they will certainly step in it, and New York Governor David Paterson certainly has. He's now joking about raising taxes an astronomical amount in New York State. I need to clarify something about this because, as is the usual case, the real crux of my comments here about leaving New York have been missed, on purpose. I am technically not leaving New York because I'm not there now. I moved out of New York in 1997. Every year I sent them letters saying, "Sorry. I miss you, but I've moved. I now live in Florida, and it's why I'm not filing a tax return." In 2002, I got a letter and an audit from 1997 through 2001 -- and it took two years to prove to them where I was every day of the year 14 different ways, and I have been audited every year since.
The way the first audit ended up is that when I do work in New York, I pay a per diem tax like athletes do, when they go in and play. They pay their taxes in New York State and the City, when they go to play the Mets or the Yankees. It's a mess, but that's what it is. We negotiated that; it's all done. Now I get audited every year on the number of days I'm there and I have to prove it, and it's just not worth it. And now he's raising taxes to boot on all of this, and finally I've reached the tipping point. So I am going to cease doing business in New York. I do not live there! That's what makes all of this ridiculous. I do not live there, and I've been audited by that state and the city for 12 years. So, with the tax increase and the fact that I'm rarely there and have to go through all this hassle, it's sayonara.
I'm not leaving. I already did. I'm just not going to be doing business in New York anymore. And if the governor is happy about that, then he can go tell the wards of the state that I'm supporting that they're going to have to find somebody else to provide the tax revenue.
But as we detailed on March 26, Rush Limbaugh now ranks number one in New York City among all listeners 12 and older. According to Arbitron, he has an average of 693,000 Big Apple listeners, with the number expected to grow as a result of his recent showdown with the White House.
How does that contrast with the public perception that Rush is hated in New York? That figure represents Rush's highest concentration of listenership of any region in the country. It may be the biggest metro area, but it's also where the largest number of his fans live.
Contrast that with Governor Paterson, who according to a recent Siena poll, has seen his popularity plunge. Just 19?f voters now approve of his performance. Only 14?ould like to see him elected to a full term, according to the Daily News:
ALBANY - Gov. Paterson's job performance ratings have crashed thorough the floor, with less than one in five New Yorkers saying he's doing well, a new poll shows.
Just 19?f those polled gave him a positive rating, while 78?urned thumbs down, the Siena College poll found. That's down from 51?ositive and 45?egative in the same poll just two months ago.
How bad have things gone for a governor?
New York's first black governor trails Attorney General Andrew Cuomo 55-22?mong black voters in a potential 2010 primary.
Overall, he would lose to Cuomo 67?o 17?the poll found. In late January, Paterson held a small lead over Cuomo.
"The speed of his falling numbers is staggering," Siena Poll spokesman Steven Greenberg said.
Two months ago, voters viewed Paterson favorably by a 54?o 34?argin. The latest poll has him at 29?avorable and 58?nfavorable.
A whopping 67?f voters say they'd prefer someone else for governor next year, compared to just 14?ho say they would vote to elect Paterson to a full four-year term.
Asked By: Regina (SOC) - 4/4/2009