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December 03, 2016
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Boehner visit sparks protest at campaign event for Chris Gibson

Kat Fisher, the Hudson Valley Organizer for Citizen Action New York, has the microphone as other speakers stand behind her.

Art Zaczkiewicz, introduced as a social worker and community organizer, said, “Consider that two thirds of U.S. corporations pay zero federal taxes, U.S corporations are sitting on $1.8 trillion in reserve cash yet congress refuses to raise the marginal tax rates for those companies, which would stimulate the economy, and create jobs. Instead, they are targeting programs like Head Start and Food Stamps, and that’s wrong.”

The Woodstock Connection
Now hosting the fundraiser for a Republican, in the past, Alan Gerry has been the target of Republican ire. Before the presidential election in 2008, Senator Chuck Schumer and then-Senator Hillary Clinton inserted a $1 million earmark into a bill to help pay for the creation of the Museum at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.

At the time, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, who was running for president, said “Woodstock Museum is a shining example of what’s wrong with Washington on pork-barrel, out-of-control spending,”

The other Republican senator from Arizona, John Kyl, said, “It seems to me that we do have to ask questions like whether it’s the will of this body to fund an earmark for a museum celebrating a weekend-long party that occurred 38 years ago.”

The senate voted 52 to 42 to kill the earmark, but the museum opened as scheduled regardless.

Syndicated columnist Kevin McDonough, who lives in Narrowsburg, wrote about the subject in a piece on the Huffington Post, https://tinyurl.com/kydrybv.