It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, nor someone who is a brain surgeon to look out across this great land of ours and very quickly come to the realization that the states that are the poorest run and the least fiscally responsible, more often than not, tend to be the very same states that have a Democrat at the helm. And if there is a silver lining to be found ANYWHERE in this ongoing ‘Chinese virus’ fiasco, it’s that it has made it painfully clear that any state currently run by any Democrat is most definitely one that should be avoided at all costs. It’s many of these Democrat governors who have behaved as if the states they ‘lead’ are their own private little kingdoms.
I spent the first 25 years of my life, and I am now 68, in the great state of New York. I lived in a very rural part of the state that was, and is still to this day, quite beautiful. But I vowed I would never go back except to visit family. The main reason for that is the fact that after decades of Democrat/RINO mismanagement the state is a mess on any number of levels. Taxes and state mandated fees on everything from its sales tax to property tax to the tax on gas continue to take an increasingly bigger bite out of resident’s disposable income. It’s the leaders of New York who are solely responsible for their fiscal mess, and yet there is now talk of a federal bailout.
The reason for my singling out New York has to do with the fact that Andrew Cuomo, current governor of New York, appeared earlier this week on MSDNC, essentially to do little more than to whine, calling Republicans’ comments about allowing blue states to go bankrupt were both “toxic and poison.” Now as far as I’m concerned, ‘sticks and stone may break my bones but names will never hurt me!’ Because there is nothing that equates to “toxic or poison” when it comes to not wanting to bailout those who through their very own negligence have managed to create for themselves a fiscal mess that they seem unable to get themselves out of on their own.
Anyway, it was during his MSDNC appearance that Cuomo said, “I want to see the federal government step up and do their job. They have not funded state and local governments. They want to fund airlines, they want to fund hotels they want to fund restaurants, big corporations, but they haven’t funded state and local governments. State and local governments that means police, fire, healthcare workers all the people we now glorify as heroes, that’s who state and local governments fund. And for Washington to be saying they’re not going to fund state and local governments, states can go bankrupt with Senator McConnell’s statement.”
He went on to say, “States can go bankrupt. They want to help the economy, but they want states to go bankrupt. I mean, can you find a single economist would say that will help the markets letting states go bankrupt. So they have to step up. They have to do their job.” He continued, “First of all, it wasn’t just Senator McConnell. I can’t believe you would say such an obnoxious comment in public just to negotiate in Washington some backroom deal. Save that garbage for the backroom deal, Right? He doubled down on it. He said states should go bankrupt, and then he said this will be a blue state bailout, and Senator Scott from Florida said the same thing.”
And he concluded by saying, “Why should we bail out these Democrats? Right? Like it’s only Democrats that get coronavirus. This partisanship is toxic and poison. They can’t say we’re funding corporate America but working Americans they’re on their own. They can’t say it.” This has got nothing whatsoever to do with the ‘Chinese virus’ and Cuomo knows it. What it has everything to do with is the willingness on the part of these left-wingers to provide all manner of outrageously generous social programs even to those in this country illegally, and union contracts that are completely over the top when it comes to benefits and outrageous pensions.
Taxpayers should not be made to be on the hook for the failed liberal policies carried out in states in which they do not reside. That’s just nuts. It’s those who choose to elect these spendthrift Democrats who need to be made to cover the costs generated by those whom they chose to elect. Democrats, like Cuomo, as well as those who vote for them, seem to think that they should be able to flaunt federal law when it comes to such things as legalizing marijuana and providing sanctuary to those who are in this country illegally, and to refuse to hand criminal illegals over to I.C.E. and yet still be bailed out by the rest of us who strongly oppose such lunacy.
Democrats like Cuomo seem to operate under the assumption that they should be able to spend everything they get from their own citizens plus all they can get from those taxpayers who not only don’t live in their state but would never want to. And it’s whenever those who represent folks living outside states like New York, California or Illinois, to name just a few of the more screwed up states, bring up the point that these states need to work at living within their means they are accused of being “mean-spirited.” Cuomo now seems to be ratcheting up those accusations, now choosing to describe those not will willing to cover his debt as ‘toxic and poison!’
The government in New York spent twice as much as the government in Florida, $348 billion compared to $177 billion. Inclusive of Medicaid, New York spent over $21,000 per person under the official poverty line in 2017, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers (NASBO). Meanwhile, Florida spent under $9,000. Excluding Medicaid, New York spent over $1,200, while Florida spent a negligible amount. And yet, there is no clear evidence that blue state anti-poverty spending accomplished much. From 2010 to 2018, the official poverty rate fell just 1.3 in New York and 2.8 in Florida. And Florida has 2 million MORE people than does New York.
And it’s Democrats like Cuomo who chose to put politics above the health and wellbeing of their citizens by exploiting this most recent ‘crisis.’ For instance, how many millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted in covering demands made by the likes of Cuomo that they knew to be unnecessary? How many field hospitals were constructed that went unused? What was the cost of sending the USNS Comfort to New York City to treat only 182 patients? And Cuomo is somehow seen as being one of the great ‘leaders’ on the Democrat side regarding this supposed crisis? And yet, what would have been said of the president had he refused any of these demands?
And we all need to keep in mind how it was that the Democrats first accused President Trump of calling the virus a “hoax.” Then they called him a “racist” for halting incoming travel from China and shutting down the borders to stop the spread of the virus. They even withheld treatment proven to have a very high success rate in treating this virus. The media claimed he wasn’t providing enough press briefings only to stop carrying them when they seemed to be making him more popular. Then they attacked him for not taking questions after the briefings, questions that tended to sound more like accusations or were totally unrelated to the virus.
Frankly, it’s time for a little tough love for these big liberal blue states like New York, Illinois and California. They most assuredly are not deserving of being bailed out by the rest of us. Their wasteful programs are corrupt and downright immoral. These are also the states whose politicians and political apparatuses are corrupt and where voter fraud is the most rampant. They should all be forced to live within their means and the federal government should very closely monitor the voting schemes that Democrats have come to rely on so very heavily. President Trump needs to have a real heart to heart with politicians like Cuomo and just say no to more money.
And lastly, I think it worth mentioning Cuomo’s long history of directing some pretty outlandish statements at those who dare to disagree with his position on various issues. This is the same guy who once said anyone who is pro-traditional marriage, pro-life or pro-guns has “no place in the state of New York.” He’s also the guy who once said, in response to President Trump’s campaign catchphrase “Make America Great Again” that, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” Such is the man who now wants those of us who played virtually no part in putting him into office to foot the bill for his gross incompetence and overspending.
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