New York State was once known to the world as the Empire State. After decades of government mismanagement and corporate plunder, the beleaguered taxpayer needs and deserves substantial relief. Pouring public funds into corporate coffers as "gifts" for the honor of having these enterprises conduct their trade is a practice that enriches the few, while sucking the economic life out of impoverished residents. The racket of "Corporate Welfare" gives new meaning to those famous words of General Jack D. Ripper – "A foreign substance is introduced into our precious bodily fluids without the knowledge of the individual, and certainly without any choice".
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