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Governments at all levels are under mounting pressure by the corporate hotel industry and their shareholders to stop middle class people from using and renting homes on the AirBnB network. It should be pointed out that the US government onesidedly redistributed income from the 99 to the 1 percent via legislation and regulations so much that the economy could no longer create the jobs necessary to sustain the people of the middle class, so some of those folks had to find ways to sustain themselves, and viola! Suddenly, you had Uber, Lift and AirBnB.

The corporate big boys aren’t happy that middle class folks are paying middle class folks cash to crash for the night in their homes. The big boys want your cash. They want all the money to go to themselves. AirBnB has got to go, if only to keep their profits and share values rising.

The share prices of some of the largest hotel chains in the nation have been sagging for a year and half. Think Marriot, Wyndham and Hilton. Got to get those profits up in order for share prices to rise. The best way to do that is eliminate the competition from AirBnB (and all those working stiffs with extra rooms to rent). The best way to eliminate the competition is in the legislative markets on the local, state and federal levels.

According to the Guardian UK:

New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will fine tenants or landlords who rent unoccupied apartments for less than 30 days.

In Dublin, the owners of one apartment were recently prohibited from using it as an Airbnb rental without planning permission, raising the prospect of copycat actions elsewhere.

In Berlin, people who rent more than half of their home “short-term without obtaining permission from the city council now risk a fine of €100,000. And in London, a 90-day rule was introduced last year under which no property can be rented out on Airbnb, or any similar service, for more than three months a year without planning permission.”

In other words, the corporate hotel chains are busy convincing lawmakers to steal your right to rent rooms you own, which people have been doing for thousands of years. Quite naturally, the corporate news media is against AirBnB because those folks don’t advertise their products, so you hear only bad stories about AirBnB with the media. That’s because the big hotel chains do advertise with the corporate media.

Click AirBnB Backlash–The Guardian UK for the rest of the story.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said, “We must reconnect the people to the political process and their government.… Let’s pass campaign finance reform and let’s do it this year.”

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NY Governor Does the Right Thing by Occupy Wall Street

After facing repeated protests over his resistance to raising taxes on wealthy New Yorkers, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo relented on Tuesday, striking a deal with legislators that will boost state revenues by $1.9 billion while simultaneously dropping the middle class tax rate to the lowest it has been in 58 years.

Members of “Occupy Wall Street” have for months been pressuring elected officials to raise taxes on wealthy Americans and lighten the burden on the poor and middle class. This very issue is what activist and author Naomi Wolf was arrested over in October, outside a Huffington Post event where Cuomo was being honored for his support of marriage equality.

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Just one week after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) saw his order to push an “Occupy” protest out of a public park at night rebuked by a local official, Tennessee’s governor is experiencing a similar problem.

Gov. Bill Haslam (R) has twice given the order to crackdown on protesters at “Occupy Nashville,” only to see it denied by judicial commissioner Tom Nelson. In Tennessee, a judicial commissioner has the authority to determine whether crimes have been committed.

“The magistrate’s position is sort of a safety valve to prevent overzealous officers from putting people in jail for no reason,” Nashville attorney Jim Todd said to the Associated Press.

Nelson ordered the release of 29 protesters arrested last Thursday because “the state had not given the protesters adequate notice that it was changing the rules.”

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