“No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the Legislature is in session.”
So put it in 1866 Gideon Tucker, a New Yorker who knew Albany as a former legislator, secretary of state and judge.
His wisdom, repeatedly demonstrated over the centuries, is timeless.
However, there is something different, and especially worrying, in this age. The possibility of permanent decline and eventual destruction of the New York we know is unparalleled in modern memory.
With the Republicans reduced to boos, the Albany Democrats, unconscious or reckless or both, are marching off the cliff in an Alfred E. Neuman, What, Me Worry? Way. The growing chorus of “Stop!” goes unnoticed.
Washington is sending a ton of money by train to the blue states to rescue their high taxes and high spending habits. As veteran government guru Dick Ravitch writes in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “Congress has been generous, allocating more than $ 12 billion to New York State, $ 6 billion to the city, $ 6 billion. million to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and $ 9 billion to state schools. “
The state’s collection brings the total budget about to be adopted to $ 212 billion, about $ 18 billion more than the fiscal year that just ended. Florida, which has two million more residents, will get by on spending $ 97 billion this year.
Ah, but in Albany, it is never enough. Not while the Legislature is in session.
Despite the bailout, the December pandemic stimulus and previous ones, Governor Cuomo and lawmakers are launching new $ 4 billion in tax increases. Apparently being the state with the highest taxes by most measures does not satisfy them. They want to be number one in all areas.
Naturally, they say that only corporations and the really wealthy will be affected, but don’t believe them. Tax increases are filtered in the sense that they tend to reduce the economic activity of those who pay them, a decrease that eventually affects everyone. Getting the government to redistribute more taxpayer money is, at this historic juncture, a terrible idea.
Tax increases will kill more businesses and cause others to seek more hospitable territory. Wags has already dubbed Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio “Florida Employees of the Month.”
Furthermore, even if it were true that only the rich would be affected, raising taxes sends the wrong message in a state where so many people and businesses have already left or are thinking about it.
What business would want to come here now? Why should existing ones continue to pay more and more for dangerous and dirty streets and arbitrary closures due to pandemics?
The answer for many is no, no, hell no, and they’ve given up on New York. The proof is in the weakened housing market and empty storefronts in even the best locations.
Not everyone who leaves is wealthy, but everyone is afraid – and not just of the inevitable cost-of-living increases that follow as taxes spread through housing, utilities, transportation, and every bottle of beer and bag. of potato chips being sold.
Understandably, many also fear crime and public disorder. A snapshot of NYPD statistics over two years paints an unmistakable picture of a city in serious decline.
Murder increased nearly 45 percent last year and has increased a further 13.5 percent this year. The increases translate to 153 more New Yorkers shot, stabbed and strangled.
Shooting victims jumped 72 percent in two years, and car thefts jumped a staggering 91 percent. The city is on a death spiral, with unprovoked attacks and jostling from the subway adding more grounds for rational fear.
Albany’s response: put more handcuffs on cops, release nearly all crime suspects, empty jails, and raise taxes. Also, let’s give money – $ 2.1 billion to be exact – to illegal immigrants by creating an “excluded workers fund.”
Along with the sanctuary status, the great progressive hand will be heard as far as Central America. If only that compassion extended to taxpayers.
In that context, there is no surprise in the bad news bulletin published by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli. It reported Tuesday that of the nearly 2 million jobs the state lost during the pandemic, less than half have recovered, meaning there are a million fewer people working than a year ago.
Among 12 sectors, the construction industry is the closer to full recovery, and has regained only 74 percent of the jobs it lost, DiNapoli reports.
New Yorkers would be lucky if Albany had its version of the Hippocratic Oath that requires rulers to at least do no harm. Instead, in an attempt to raise more and more money to spend, the state authorizes the recreational use of marijuana and allows online sports betting.
Combined with the decriminalization of most quality-of-life crimes, including street prostitution, Albany is hell-bent on accumulating more degrading experiences for those hardy souls who cannot or cannot leave. All because you can’t control your spending.
There is another lesson in Albany’s actions, and this one belongs to Cuomo. Haunted by scandalous scandals that accumulate day by day and his survival hinges on two investigations, one argument for his supporters is that he is an indispensable brake on the criminal tax and spending instincts of the Democrats who control the Legislature. “Apres moi, le deluge”, after me, the flood.
That might have been true once, but not anymore. Cuomo abandoned the centrist-biased ideas he once held about taxes, spending, charter schools, and criminal justice.
He doesn’t speak in terms of “waking up,” but his policies are almost indistinguishable from those that do. Its claim to be a politically stabilizing force is as valid as its claim to be a guardian of the rights of women and the elderly.
So to Gideon Tucker’s warning that life, liberty, and property are not safe while the Legislature is in session, we add Cuomo’s destructive presence as another reason New Yorkers are more fearful this time.
Why do we need a voter ID
Reader Matt Conley calls voter fraud identity theft and tells a story. He writes: “My younger brother lives in Missouri and found out that a vote was cast on his behalf in Georgia. He asked the Georgia Secretary of State’s office if that vote could be eliminated and not included in the presidential count. They said no.
“After the second round of the Senate, my brother wanted to know if his name had been voted on again. The Clerk’s office told him they removed the fake account online, but did not say whether votes were cast. Problem solved in your mind. “
Gambling is now legal in the White House
The impressive size and cost of Joe Biden’s plans seem to be worrying his media maidens. A certain word keeps making headlines, as in:
“Biden bets on big government”
“Biden is betting big on $ 1.9 trillion stimulus”
“Biden is strongly committed to infrastructure”
“Biden is strongly committed to immigration”
It sounds like even they are afraid of their out-of-control gambling habit.