NY Ungrateful: Slams Volunteers
(RightWing.org) – New York City is the epicenter of the Chinese virus pandemic in the US. The state has suffered close to a third of the nation’s deaths, mostly in the city, and its health services have creaked and buckled under the massive strain. Those services never quite broke, though, because big-hearted volunteers from less-affected states flocked there to help. And how are New York’s left-wing politicians rewarding them? With insults and tax bills, of course.
Samaritan’s Purse is one of many volunteer groups that responded to New York’s needs when the coronavirus pandemic hit. They treated hundreds of sick people but, despite that, weren’t exactly welcomed by state authorities.
- Samaritan’s Purse is a North Carolina-based medical aid organization run by evangelist Franklin Graham. It operates in over 100 countries and, with annual revenue of more than $300 million, has the resources to set up fully-equipped, military-style field hospitals.
- In late March, Samaritan’s Purse, working with Mount Sinai Hospital, built a field hospital in Central Park and began treating coronavirus patients.
- Almost immediately, Liberals began attacking Samaritan’s Purse for its evangelical principles. State Senator Brad Hoylman complained the federal government left New York “having to accept charity from such bigots,” while mayor Bill de Blasio said the presence of the hospital was “troubling” and threatened to investigate the group.
- Now the New York City Council speaker, Corey Johnson – who, like de Blasio and Hoylman, is a Democrat – has launched an astonishing Twitter outburst at the group.
- Johnson, who has publicly praised Muslim groups that distributed food during Ramadan, snarled that “It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC,” and said they “came at a time when our city couldn’t in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion.”
- Meanwhile, Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York will be sending income tax bills to all out-of-state medics who answered the call during the pandemic. Cuomo, who implied not taxing these volunteers would be a “subsidy,” seems to be using the issue as leverage to get more funding. He hinted he could reconsider the tax bills if the federal government sent even more money on top of the $7.5 billion New York has already had.
- However, Cuomo might be about to have his legs cut out from under him. A bill that’s already been introduced to Congress would protect mobile workers who work in another state for less than 30 days.
- The Mobile Workforce Tax Simplification Act, introduced by Rep. Hank Johnson (R-GA) is waiting to be debated right now. If congressional Dems don’t obstruct it, life will be a lot easier for the selfless volunteers who’ve done so much to help stricken New Yorkers in the face of hostility from that state’s leftist government.
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