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Lancman Vs. Halloran: Who's Right?

Cast your vote in Patch's poll on Lancman and Halloran's disagreement on the Millionaire's Tax.

When couples fight, it's often about money. In this week's case, the couple we're talking about is a couple of guys running for Congress, so it should come as no surprise that their argument is getting a little attention.

Already, we've seen City Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone, and Assemblyman Rory Lancman, D-Fresh Meadows,

Now, Halloran and Lancman are trading barbs over the state's Millionaire's Tax, and Assemblywoman Grace Meng, D-Flushing, is getting in on the action as well.

After Meng and Lancman argued over which candidate was responsible for creating the state's higher tax bracket for the wealthy — both voted in favor of it last year — Halloran slammed them for raising taxes.

“Assemblywoman Meng and Assemblyman Lancman want to spread the wealth around," Halloran said. "That’s not the American way. We need to grow our economy and create jobs, not waste our time with half-brained Robin Hood schemes.”

Lancman quickly responded to the jab.

"If Dan Halloran thinks that cutting taxes for the wealthy leads to higher job creation, he must have been asleep for the entire presidency of George W. Bush," Lancman said. "Middle-class New Yorkers understand that Republicans have been systematically destroying our education, healthcare and retirement security all in the name of showering wasteful tax cuts on the rich, and Halloran's parroting of Tea Party talking points isn't going to change their mind."

So who's right? Should the state and city stay out of people's business (and their pockets)? Or is it the role of the government to direct money and aid to the bottom of the socio-economic pyramid? 

Vote in our poll below and tell us what you think in the comments.

Arthur J caputo June 14, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Increase taxes on the rich . Not the other way around ,cutting social services so the rich can get tax cuts at our expense.Never ,and i mean never, vote republican unless your a wealthy greedy . person Ask a republican why they don't want to eliminate the taxpayer subsidies to the rich oil companies? Right there it will show you which side of their bread is buttered. Finally . Spreading the wealth around is certainly not the American way . That's why we have the 1% owning everything., .That's supposed to be good? While the rest of us have to struggle? I'm tired of these ignorant voters voting against their interest and taking me along to drown with them.
max June 15, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Sounds like sour grapes like someone who never made it in life. Those that take the risks in life receive the greatest rewards. They are the capitalists and end up better off than those that sit around complaining that life is not fair. I don't know of anybody that made a living working for a poor person. If you are not happy and worry about drowning get in your boat and paddle away from the shores of the USA. However be careful you don't hit one of the thousands of boats carrying people here seeking the land of opportunity and capitalism not socialism. When you take from the rich to give to the poor you have the beginning of the end of a democracy.
Dom June 15, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Dan Halloran is a rare breed in city council. New Yorkers will be proud to have him represent us in Congress. Keep fighting the food fight, Dan.
David Curtis June 15, 2012 at 07:22 AM
One of the strongest planks in Dan Halloran's political platform has *always* been less taxation, and that means for everyone, not just the rich. His opponent Lancman's position is to pander to the laziness in all of us that says "we can get something for free, painlessly, easily, anonymously, without ever having to look the unwilling giver (aka victim) in the eye 'the easy way' and never even have to thank them for it". What Lancman is doing is bribing the average majority citizen with the promise of tax payoffs (all sorts of benefits) taken from other citizens who have more than they do. In return he expects an easy win.
Sam Greenberg June 15, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Robin Hood didn't take from the rich to give to the poor, he took back from the government (the Sheriff of Nottingham) what the government had wrongfully confiscated. As Margaret Thatcher famously said "The problem with socialism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money." Hooray for Dan Halloran, as he tries to stanch our flow to Greece.
Arthur J caputo June 15, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Typical republican dribble. Always personal attacks but just look at the republican record . I don't know you but this isn't about you personally so i.m not going there. they are the party of Hoover and Bush ,not to mention the crook Nixon . Don't put Lincoln in there . The current party isn't near the party Lincoln had. Nor Reagan . The end of democracy? NO, the end of selfish ,greedy scum.
max June 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I guess it is another right wing conspiracy as Hillary one called it.

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