Buffalo’s Common Council is hoping that Metro Rail will be extended as part of the Democrats stimulus package. I’d love to see it.

Of course, that depends on whether the stimulus package ever materializes. It’s hung up in the senate and house republicans voted unanimously against it, including my congressman, Chris Lee. He’s taking some flak for that … but not from me. I agree with Chris on this one. Spending money we don’t have on things we don’t need doesn’t seem like a good way to fix the economy.

Then, of course, New York State has its own budget problems, which the Democrats claim to have fixed.

Of course, when Democrats talk about money, I get worried. They can’t even seem to figure out how to pay their taxes.

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  1. I couldn’t imagine what a Republican would do??? Scott, what would a Libertarian do?? I am going to guess nothing. Am I right???

    John Restaino

  2. As for the “stimulus package,” yeah, I’d suggest doing nothing. No money for banks. No money for car companies. No money for pet projects.

    Instead, remove the barriers that prevent people from making money or keeping their own money – whether that be reducing taxes or needless regulations and licensing requirements.

    If the federal government really wants to invest in the nation, build bridges, high speed rail, etc. Things that need to be done anyway.

  3. I wasn’t specifically talking about Wall Street, although I’m sure there’s some needless regulation there.

    Why do barbers need a government license? Or plumbers? Or electricians? Or …

    John, government is more often the problem than it is the cure.

    The state’s Berger Commission which mandated privately owned hospitals to merge would have been unnecessary if government hadn’t given bailout money to those hospitals in the first place.

    The free market works … if we let it.

    Yes, government is a necessity … but they think they’re much more necessary than they are.

    Oh … and Go Sabres!

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