This Week's Buzz: Redistributing Wealth Downward And More!

April 20, 2017
By Joe Maniscalco

New York, NY - The guests on this week’s edition of LaborPress’ ‘Blue Collar Buzz” airing Sunday night at 9 p.m. at AM970, are looking to root out corruption on Long Island; put money back into the hands of New York City’s working class; and create good union jobs through the new green economy. 

When Charles Lavine, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, looks at Long Island today, he sees the “horrible mark” corrupt elected officials have placed on the hardworking — highly taxed residents living there. 

“It’s time for a return to ethics and good government and responsibility,” Lavine says. “As county executive, I will order a forensic audit of all county contracts. This is where the corruption occurs — it occurs in the procurement process in Nassau County.”

According to Lavine, cleaning up Nassau County’s mismanaged contracts will help recoup millions of wasted dollars, while also lowering the tax burden on residents.  

“This is a tremendous amount of money that is being wasted in unnecessary services. Let’s not forget that every dollar of corruption has to be made up with another dollar of taxpayer money,” Lavine says. “It’s like the wild west here — and it’s not supposed to be that way.”

Like many others, DC 37’s Jon Forster doesn’t think that the Earth should be allowed to fry so that transnational conglomerates can continue burning fossil fuels and accumulating cash. That’s why he and scores of other trade unionists will be converging on Washington, D.C. for April 29’s “People’s Climate March.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity to create new jobs,” Forster tells “Blue Collar Buzz.” “As we transition to a clean energy environment, we have the opportunity to create good, career-track union jobs — and we need to be able to do that.”

Despite overwhelming evidence that manmade climate change is melting the polar ice caps, raising see levels and contributing to devastating weather patterns, not everyone in the House of Labor is willing to ditch fossil fuels just yet. 

Forster addresses that reality, saying, “There are certainly still some differences of opinion within the Labor Movement — but I think as we go forward, we find an increasing number of unions understanding just how important this is to our members, our families, our children, and to the society at large.”

If he ultimately manages to win a seat on the New York City Council representing Brooklyn’s 35th District, Green Party candidate Jabari Brisport vows to help reverse the “redistribution of wealth” the 1 percent has been orchestrating against working people for decades. 

“I believe the function of government is to ensure a healthy society, and that any policy that we institute that deals with taxes is a form of redistribution of wealth,” Brisport says. “And for the past several decades, we’ve been redistributing wealth upward via tax policy. It’s time to redistribute it downward.” 

Anticipating howls from the right, the Democratic Socialist says that it is high time money is directed where it can, instead, “flow best.”

“I believe that since it’s called ‘currency’ it should flow like a current — and the best way to do that is to make sure we have as many jobs as possible, and as much money in the middle class and working class, so that the money can continue to circulate amongst the community and do more work,” Brisport says. 

LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” airs every Sunday night on AM970 The Answer from 9 to 10 p.m. This week’s episode, as well as every other episode of LaborPress’ “Blue Collar Buzz” is also available on demand at


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