Friday, October 15, 2010

Congressman Hinchey Violently Attacks Kingston Freeman Reporter

H/t Robin Yess and

George Phillips has questioned Congressman Maurice Hinchey's involvement in a real estate project in Saugerties called the Partition Street project.  Hinchey has long claimed that he has brought "pork" to the Ulster County economy.  The problem with this claim is that the Ulster County economy's growth has been zero since Hinchey was elected.  While the rest of the nation has gained 20% in employment, Ulster County's employment number has not grown at all; it has been two percent over Hinchey's eighteen year tenure.  The stagnant economy is directly related to the regulation and high taxes, and specifically the environmental regulation that Hinchey has put into place.  In other words, Hinchey has directly cost Ulster County 17,000 jobs.  Stupidly, he has been advertising that he has brought 1,000 "green" jobs into the county.  Given that the county's job growth has been nearly zero, Hinchey appears to be unable to figure out that a gain of 1,000 jobs compared to a loss of 18,000 jobs yields the result of his 18 years in office: a loss of 17,000 jobs. Moreover, and even more disgustingly, Hinchey and his cronies appear to have benefited financially from many of the "pork" projects that he paradoxically claims have helped the Ulster County economy.  Paradoxically because the Ulster County economy has underperformed the national economy by 20% over Hinchey's 18 year tenure.

Hinchey started out life as a Saugerties "tough guy" with a pack of cigarettes tucked in his rolled up shirt sleeve.  In the video above, Hinchey's aggressive, authoritarian nature shines through.  Authoritarianism is linked to antisemitism, of which Ed Koch has recently accused Hinchey.  It is not surprising, then, that Hinchey actually became violent following the above video clip and physically attacked left-wing Kingston Freeman reporter Bill Kemble.  According to

After the shooters turned off their cameras and started to break down, Hinchey made a beeline for Kemble and got in his face, according to a YNN videographer who was on the scene. The congressman poked Kemble in the chest aggressively, according to the YNN staffer.
I spoke with Kemble briefly this afternoon, and he told me Hinchey “put his hand on my throat” and then “realized what he had done and walked away.” The YNN shooter told me he did not witness this part of the altercation.

It is amazing and disappointing to my opinion of the electoral process that an individual as ugly as Maurice Hinchey has been given access to the reins of power in Washington.  From the likes of Hinchey totalitarianism is born.

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