From: Carl Paladino
To: Carl Paladino
Sent: Wed, Sep 5, 2012 7:36 pm
Subject: Sheldon Silver and the New York State Press a/k/a Wimps
Obviously you are not disposed to call for Sheldon
Silver's resignation or even a Federal investigation
of his corruption. After all, he only embezzled
$103,000 from the State treasury and in the context
of his other high crimes and misdemeanors, what's the
big deal? Silver was only doing what he has always
done. He was bailing out his buddy Vito Lopez. After
all he is Sheldon Silver, the guy who wrote the book on
intimidating the press with the denial of access. Just
ask Liz Benjamin and Jim Vielkind. Is there no one in
the spineless press who has the cohunes to stand up to
this diabolic scoundrel?
Considering Silver's past, the press should be asking
if it was quiet money to keep Vito's mouth shut about
other topics? We'll probably never know the answer to
that because the press will let the good old Albany
establishment boys bury the issue with a Special
Prosecutor investigation that will go on forever
and result in nothing. Whenever politicians want
to bury an issue they appoint a Special Committee or
Silver acknowledged "a mistake was made." Was it an
intentional mistake? The confidentiality clause, his
long history of making such "mistakes" and the BS that
other elected officials knew lead one to believe that
it was an intentional and unforgivable mistake.
What more do you need to demand his resignation?
Silver is a poster child for term limits. 18 years
of intimidation, arrogance, illusion and theatrics
that the establishment boys call "skill." He rules
the entire State government with an iron fist. We'll
never see Tort, Malpractice or Workers Comp reform
while he's there. He gets a load of
money from his personal injury law firm, and under
the rules he has written, he is not required to
disclose it. We'll never see reform of the Wick's law,
Taylor Law or Tri-borough Amendment which punish the
taxpayers with mind boggling costs. We'll also
never see initiative and referendum which would
give the taxpayers a real voice in their government.
Silver thinks that three men in a room with one
alpha dog works good for him.
Mike Gormley's expert from someplace else tells us that
Silver is out of the weeds because all his actions were
known to the Comptroller and Attorney General. What
Mike didn't say is that both of them owe their jobs to
Sheldon Silver and have been his puppets for years. That
doesn't work for the people Mike. The "Joint Commission
on Public Ethics" was personally picked by Silver. That
also doesn't work for the people Mike.
We know the press is just peachy with things as they are.
The status quo suits you so well because it keeps the
taxpayers dumbed down and cheap brainless staff keep your
profit margins up. You can sell the people of New York just
about any garbage. They eat it up. They accept mediocrity
and failure because the press has told them that they can't
do anything about it. Those who can get out. Meanwhile
guys like Silver keep the entitlements rich to bring more
dregs to New York to enhance the effort for a permanent
democratic majority. Silver recently showed just how
far he has gone off the reservation by proposing that New
York State taxpayers give financial aid to educate any
illegal in America. Who wants to stick around to pay
for that burden?
Corruption is rampant in Albany because Shelly Silver is
not only involved and complicit but he also protects the
criminality of his followers when one of his bottom fish
gets caught with dirty hands.
Silver's attitude has now evolved to the absurd. He
alone can violate the rules of the Assembly and disburse
taxpayer money with impunity and without prior consultation
or approval. He uses taxpayer money to ensure loyalty. What
possible theory could justify the use of taxpayer money to
resolve a sexual harassment allegation? What other actions
of this man will raise the red flag? Why is a downstate
District Attorney, who associates with the good old boy
establishment RINO's, selected as the Special Prosecutor
instead of a more objective upstate DA who would be less
inclined to belabor the proper dissection of an 18 year
career of arrogant larceny and intimidation. If anyone
else embezzled $103,000 the press would be calling for
the construction of a gallows prior to giving him or her
a fair trial.
The question is why is this particular government
official above the law. For anyone else in government
it would be embezzlement. For Shelly it's just another
day of taking care of his friends and family club.
The press could get by its cowardly image if it followed
its role model,NY Times, and jumped at this opportunity
to take down the man that even his friends refer to as the
Silver is vengeful and his retaliation is unmerciful. For
me, as the greater fool, it's a call to arms. For spineless
cowards like the editors and reporters (and publishers) of
the New York State press it would be an earth-shattering
bold change of policy. It would require actual research and
a major effort to connect the dots and we all know the
reluctance of the Albany press corps [Tom Precious of the
Buffalo News included.] They don't like controversy and
are only capable of tweaking up feel good press releases.
Here in Buffalo there would probably be a big problem for
Stan Lipsey who's friends and family club members Jordan
Levy and Howard Zemsky may be found on Silver's dance
card when the Feds start following the money. Do they do
each other big favors? Are investment tips the quid pro
quo for handsome multi-million dollar subsidies from the
taxpayers for their projects? The money comes from one
of Shelly's "off the books" vehicles like his private
stash of taxpayer cash which some refer to as the
He who lives by the sword will die by the sword.
If you agree with the above, forward it to your
friends and family.