Over 50,000 New Yorkers have signed a petition refusing to let their city foot the bill for over $1 million a day in security expenses for the new First Lady, whose controversial decision to remain in Manhattan is roiling the daily lives of tens of thousands of city dwellers. The Change.org petition reads:
The New York taxpayers refuse to pay over $1 million a day so she can stay. If this decision has been made, between the two of them they should be the ones to pay for it. Not New York taxpayer dollars that could be used on roads, schools, transit, sanitation, new jobs and other expenses that the city has. This is what tax dollars should be used for, improvements for the city and all the people of the city, not just one.
This petition is to request Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio refuse the cost President-Elect Donald Trump is requesting so his wife can remain in New York.
Ironically, Melania’s plans to keep the Trumps’ 10-year-old son in his private school with a $40,000 annual tuition would coincide with her husband’s Administration seeking to end public education in America as we know it. But Donald Trump doesn’t care if New York City subsidizes his son’s education for the same amount of money (if you figure $365 million for a year’s security), that it would take to educate 34,000 students at the national average of a little over $10,000 per year.
Republicans just don’t care about government spending when it is to accommodate their own whims or families. Melania Trump is the worst example of this callous attitude and plainly doesn’t care if she inconveniences New Yorkers and hands them a tremendous bill for the privilege.
Maybe this is what her husband Donald Trump really meant when he said that immigrants were coming to America to work illegally and cause social problems.
— Comella (@starfirst) December 1, 2016
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and a senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition