Friday, February 16, 2007

Hello. My name is Brian, and I'm a taxpayer. I'd like to believe that I have just given you enough information to justify the existence of this website, but at the risk of being redundant, let me explain.

Mario Cuomo once said, "we believe in only the government we need but we insist on all the government we need." I agreed with him then, and I agree with him now. We need our government. We need it to keep us safe, to maintain our roads and to provide a safety net. But I have just finished hearing my last horror story about the waste taking place in our government, particularly in Albany. It strikes me as bizarre that in an age where we have such amazing technology at our disposal, we fail to employ it to expose such egregious violations of the public trust as people literally sleeping on the job. It happens. I've seen it. And today, I'm going to do my part to change that. I've set up an email account, nyswaste@gmail.com, for you to send your stories. I want to see everything you have to offer, whether it's at the federal or villiage level. Any place where taxes are being squandered, I want to know about it.

An important note: I don't want to hear blame. I don't want to hear about policies or politics or progams or personalities. I want facts. Excess, laziness, theft, dishonesty, anything that you believe to be a waste of our tax dollars. Remember,
photographs don't lie: if you can take a picture, please do so. At the end of March, I'm going to upload your pictures and your stories. Be sure to be as specific as possible.

Here's to doing some good.

1 comment:

mfguilbault said...

On behalf of the New York State Taxpayers Union (http://www.nystu.org) we fully support your efforts.

The New York State Taxpayers Union is a grassroots organization that works and speaks for all New York taxpayers on tax and spending issues. We are committed to protecting every New Yorker's right to keep what they've earned. Our guiding principle is: "This is your money, and the government should spend it wisely or return it to you."

We look forward to working hand in hand with you to finally hold persons responsible for wasteful state spending accountable.