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Friday, June 06, 2014

Barclays Center Site For 2016 Democrat Convention?

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio suggests that the Democrats hold their 2016 convention at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  How appropriate!  DeBlasio supported the eminent domain and corporate welfare scheme which built the Barclays Center and associated real estate development to the benefit of progressive real estate developer Bruce Ratner and his Forest City Ratner firm.  This was done with the connivance of New York State's Empire State Development Corporation. 

The eminent domain scheme also know as Atlantic Yards or Brooklyn Nets Arena received the enthusiastic cheers and non-critical reporting of the New York Times.  The establishment newspaper was itself the beneficiary of eminent domain and corporate welfare courtesy of the Empire State Development Corporation.  Their real estate development partner was yes, Bruce Ratner and Forest City Ratner.  I dubbed this particular scheme "Time$cam."

It is also appropriate that the Democrat Party stands for legalized theft, but then again so does the Republican Party. 

If the Democratic convention is held at the Barclays Center who would like to demonstrate against eminent domain abuse and corporate welfare with me?

Richard Cooper

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