Mike Bruton 
Member since Feb 9, 2014

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Re: “How to reduce poverty: Boost workers' wages

Governor Andrew Cuomo supports raising the minimum wage because he's a savvy politician wanting to get on the right side of a growing movement. What he doesn't say, however, is that people who earn more will pay more taxes and get less entitlements. He's pretty smart to get more taxes and more popular support at the same time.

I am getting so sick of politicians who get double money for half-time jobs trying to get on the good side of the overworked and underpaid. If politicians want to help people, then they should work on cutting government waste, making corporate welfare illegal, and making it possible for everyone to see a doctor, or dentist, and get needed medication at no cost. Being sick is bad enough without having to pay for it.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/11/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Tensions build over a new RBTL theater

A 3,000 seat theater/150-unit residential tower/ retail space/ parking garage is a great fit if your a developer or a construction worker. This sounds like some kind of fast ferry disaster-in-the-making. Mayor Warren needs to back burner this project and focus more on helping people in poverty.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/11/2017 at 2:57 PM

Re: “The long, long road for Cobbs Hill Village

Something to remember is that bigger isn't always better. Surely not everybody will use a fitness center and other common areas, yet all have to pay to maintain these spaces. Somebody has to get paid to vacuum carpets, clean windows, dust horizontal surfaces, control pests, test the alarms, etc. Do you want to tell somebody that they can't splurge on an occasional pizza delivery because of the cost of unwanted amenities?

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 08/01/2017 at 12:20 PM

Re: “Feedback 11/9

In criticizing the project to realign Dewey and Driving Park, Rochester Man is concerned that money is being wasted, and drivers will benefit at the expense of pedestrians. He may be right. But perhaps there's a sharper point to be made.

Let's think about this logically. I can't believe any drivers have ever complained about making a couple extra turns in order to keep going straight on Dewey.

What you have here is poor people with no voice being exploited for the benefit of construction workers and the companies they work for. Those workers, I would imagine don't even live in the city and if they do, I know it's not going to be in that poor neighborhood. So the poor people who live there, whether they work a little , a lot, or not at all, are still contributing to the tax base. But that money they pay is being stolen from them and they might as well be buying magic beans. When this project is finished, the neighborhood will still be just as poor.

Poor suckers. That's what they'll be. Poor suckers.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 07/19/2017 at 11:18 PM

Re: “Barack Obama’s $400K: dimming hope for change

Obama is now in the same boat with the 3 Clinton's: Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea. I guess you could say that Obama is now working as a spokesperson for Cantor Fitzgerald. He's being paid in advance. The bet is that he'll soon be doing a great deal of talking and writing with a great many people listening. $400,000 for one speech plus having this guy in your back pocket is a bargain for the super-rich. Shame on you Barack Obama for selling out to Wall Street.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 05/15/2017 at 9:07 AM

Re: “For undocumented workers, a rock and a hard place

"California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Vermont, and Washington, as well as Washington, D.C,, issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants." --from a 2 second Google search.

Why doesn't NYS issue driver's licenses to undocumented workers/illegal immigrants?

To Rich Funke: You make $79,500 a year and a portion of that money comes from undocumented workers. Every time they buy anything they pay taxes. If they buy a car, it's taxed. Rent money goes to pay taxes. If they go to Walmart for a flat-screen and buy cable television and internet, it gets taxed. So, Mr. Funke, don't you forget that you work for them. It's too bad they can't vote, because they would vote you out of office. You don't want to help the people who pay your salary? Shame on you. Either help them out or work for free.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 03/22/2017 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Trump's Big Ball of Awful

There isn't going to be a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. His book should have been titled, " Art of the Con". When Trump said, " We're going to build a wall", he couldn't believe that people took it seriously. And then when he added, " and Mexico will pay for the wall.", people not only took it seriously, but they loved hearing it. Trump says what people love to hear. Con man Trump, Con man Trump, Con man Trump. People don't want to hear it.

Forget about the wall, and the military, Putin, Russia, immigrants, hate, and everything else. Trump needs to fix economic disparity. Anything else is subterfuge.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 02/28/2017 at 10:16 AM

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