The Gentleman from Buffalo

7 Apr


1. By way of answering Paladino’s pandering on the “open border” welfare issue, he’s right – we didn’t vote for that. New York implemented residency requirements that were struck down as unconstitutional in 1971. While the 1996 TANF welfare reform law had expressly permitted states to impose welfare residency requirements, and while New York did go ahead and implement them, the Supreme Court ruled in 1999 that the residency limitations on TANF benefits was unconstitutional.

“Citizens of the United States, whether rich or poor, have the right to choose to be citizens ‘of the state wherein they reside,'” Stevens wrote, quoting the 14th Amendment. “The states, however, do not have any right to select their citizens.”

So, Paladino can promise to implement unconstitutional residency requirements on welfare, but to what end?

2. Paladino comes out against gay marriage because that’s just not how a marriage is traditionally defined. Hasn’t he lost every scintilla of moral authority to dictate to anyone what their marriage should look like, and to whom they should be married?

3. I’m loving the Pataki poster in the background. If ever there was someone who didn’t deserve a cult of personality, it’s Governor Pataxme.

Video via Albany TU

10 Responses to “The Gentleman from Buffalo”

  1. mark April 7, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    Shorter Pundit…


    • Alan Bedenko April 7, 2010 at 11:10 am #

      Yeah, that must explain why the only – the only – nice or supportive words I’ve thrown in a gubernatorial candidate’s direction were directed at Lazio.

      You fucking twat. (And yes, I looked up your IP to see who the fuck you were, saw some of your older comments, and feel quite comfortable cursing you out.)

  2. lefty April 7, 2010 at 12:11 pm #


    As a lawyer can you help me understand something. Is it correct that some states have residency requirements? If so, what are the differences between those states and New York?

    • Jon Splett April 7, 2010 at 12:40 pm #

      From what I can gather from the article, states can have residency requirements, they just can’t offer reduced benefits to new residents because it violates equal protection.

      Obviously some sort of residency requirement would have to exist or people would be collecting checks from the 49 states they don’t live in.

  3. Howard Goldman April 7, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I think we should just continue on as usual and just borrow the billions every year. This will fast-track us to true “economic justice” because the people who believe this is a healthy idea will not have prepared themselves for the collapse.

  4. BrianS April 7, 2010 at 8:44 pm #

    Upstate (less money and votes) – “Yay! Paladino! He’s our hero! He’ll show those downstaters how things should be done!”

    Downstate (most of the money and votes) – “Paladino? Oh yeah, just another upstate yahoo who needs to STFU and tend to his farm”.

  5. mike April 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    Karl is going to be so much fun! I’m so happy the tea baggers (thanks Russ) hooked their wagon to this loon.

  6. TJ April 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    Lots of xenophobia among the Paladino supporters. This is puzzling when Paladino can’t put a figure on how many illegal immigrants are abusing welfare in New York State (I’d guess the actual figure is under 2%). He must be playing on white fright because he doesn’t have any real data to back up his point. Do the tea bags realize that foreign born citizens contribute to Social Security and Medicare through payroll taxes? According to some estimates, 75% of illegal immigrants nationally pay Social Security payroll taxes and they contribute up to $7,000,000,000 (seven billion) to the Social Security fund – a benefit they will never be eligible to collect. The evidence clearly shows illegal immigrants provide us with windfall social security profits. Don’t expect Carl Paladino or his pal Racist Russ Thompson to respond to these facts. They can’t let facts get in the way of their xenophobia, otherwise they wouldn’t have anything to complain about.

  7. Greg April 7, 2010 at 11:40 pm #

    You know, I am a Democrat, but I never really appreciated the one-party system ran in this state. I think I’d vote for him from a geographic standpoint. At least somebody *cough* not Stackowski *cough* Volker *cough* Thompson *cough* W A N T S to actually represent us.

    We can sit and complain about how he might not be totally informed about his issues, but he’s not going to let three men in a room run the government and he might actually be the catalyst for some reform.

    I don’t agree with him on too much, but I do think he’d be the only guy in Albany with a set of gonads to say No the fools we grumble about every year. And if he fixes that, I think that’s one step further in the right direction than if a Democrat gets elected. If a Dem were elected, we wouldnt see any change in power.

  8. Slew Foot Sue April 8, 2010 at 12:57 am #

    Carl Paladino has made some damaging, discriminating and possibly racists statements in the past via the newspapers and cable television. Examples: when the Buffalo Perry Housing Project was an issue a few years ago. Carl said, “The only people who live in public housing are Crackheads and crazies!” Another example: When the Buffalo Common Council had four African American female councilmembers including the now deceased Councilmember-at-Large Bevery Gray and current Erie County legislators Barbara Miller-Williams and Betty Jean Grant, Carl Said, “They are not fit to be councilmembers; they are only fit to be housekeepers and chambermaids! Instead of siitng on the council, they should be cleaning up the counci.” I know these statements are floating around in the vast internet land we have. Go, Carl, Go! Go straight to the bottom!

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