Video: NY Gov candidate Howie Hawkins ropes in the Stock Transfer Tax (and the bull)

Video of a “Rootin’ Tootin’ Wall Street Rodeo to Wrangle Runaway Stock Transfer Tax Revenue From Corporate Rustlers”, in the form of a press conference for Green Party of New York State candidates at the Bull statue on Wall Street. Appearing: Howie Hawkins, Governor candidate; Gloria Mattera, Lt. Governor candidate; and Julia Willebrand, NY State Comptroller candidate.

From a press release at the Howie Hawkins for Governor website:

October 27, 11:00 am at the Bowling Green Bull

NEW YORK–Few people know that gubernatorial Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins once worked on Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen’s ranch. “Back then I was baling hay. Now we’re talking about bailing out the people.”

“But the people of New York need to round up these state revenue rustlers on Wall Street!” thundered Hawkins, announcing a “Wall Street Rodeo” for Wednesday, October 27th at Bowling Green Park’s Charging Bull sculpture (Broadway near Morris Street in the Financial District).

Hawkins has used the 2010 election to raise awareness of the $16 billion dollars in Stock Transfer Tax revenue rebated back to Wall Street firms every year. “Cuomo and Paladino claim our budget is hog-tied, but if New York would just hold onto the money it’s already collecting, we’d have $7 billion dollars extra for a badly needed, Green New Deal jobs program.” Unemployment reaches 30% in communities across New York State, while underemployment tops out at 50%.

Hawkins also wants NYS to raise a further $10 billion by imposing a 50% bankers bonus tax on the largesse they award themselves after taxpayers spent a trillion dollars to bail them out.

“We’ve been giving away the ranch to the wealthy every year since 1981, when Governor Carey and Little Andy’s dad, Mario, started the rebate. Now the financial sector is high on the hog and the people are flat on their backs.”

The Greens say the “Cuomo-Dino” plan of cutting already-strained state services would be “flogging a dead horse”. They assert that a progressive tax structure in New York State would grant working people a tax cut while ensuring the rich pay a fair share.

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    Carl Paladino — backed by the conservative Tea Party movement — raised such political hackles [in New York State] he spawned a “Republicans for Cuomo” movement supporting Democrat Andrew Cuomo.

    Similar groups can be found in heated races elsewhere nationwide, often those featuring Tea Party-endorsed candidates, attacked by Democrats and some moderate Republicans as extreme.

    “When I saw his website, I said nobody could be that dumb,” said Errigo, an upstate New York Assemblyman, of Paladino, a Buffalo developer and political newcomer.

    “He has alienated every group that I could think of,” said Errigo. “He should write a book on how to lose an election.”

    In Delaware, where Christine O’Donnell has Tea Party support, Republicans backing Democrat Chris Coons include a former state judge and former U.S. Congressman.

    A “Republicans for Coons” Facebook site reads: “Because we just can’t support Christine O’Donnell.”

    In Arizona, “Republicans for Giffords” are backing Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords over conservative Iraq War veteran Jesse Kelly.

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