It’s obvious to anyone paying attention that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would like to be the next president. To get the nomination he’ll have to kick Hillary to the curb if what the gurus are saying is true. Then if he does get the nomination, he’ll have to convince the people that he’s not as bad as Obama when it comes to job creation. The two of them seem to be in a contest to see who can kill the most jobs the fastest. I just don’t think the media will fall in love with Cuomo quite the way they’ve fallen in love with Obama. This could be a big hill to climb for Cuomo the Younger. Especially when you look at the deal he’s trying to work out with the state legislature.
For starters, the deal would raise the state minimum wage over three years to $9 per hour from $7.25, which is even higher than the $8.75 that the Governor proposed in his state of the state address in January. Mr. Cuomo couldn’t stand to be outdone by the President whose own $9 federal minimum wage proposal was voted down in the U.S. House last week. Republicans in the New York Senate are reinforcing their claim to renewed minority status by going along with Mr. Cuomo.
Democrats say raising the minimum wage will lift thousands out of poverty, yet forcing employers to pay more for labor merely prices young or low-skilled workers out of the work force. The quarter of teenagers and nearly 40% of black teens who can’t find work today across the U.S. have Congress in part to thank for raising the federal minimum wage by 40% between 2007 and 2009.
Mr. Cuomo also wants to extend a “temporary” income surtax beyond its scheduled sunset in 2014. Running in 2010, Mr. Cuomo promised to let the surtax expire in December 2011. That lasted a year. In 2011 he reneged and set a new expiration date for 2014. Now the Governor is negotiating another extension through 2015 so he can kick the tax issue past his re-election campaign in 2014. The business grandees at the Partnership for New York City who endorsed Mr. Cuomo’s first tax betrayal now look like double dupes. (Read More)
Of course the pansies in the legislature will go along with him. They always do. The latest proposal is to send all middle class families a check for $350, as if that piddly little sum will make up for the high costs of living in this state. Oh wait, I’m sorry, I almost forgot for a moment what state I’m living in. It’ll probably work, even though it won’t even come close to paying anyone’s property tax bill, let alone what it costs to live and eat in New York City thanks to Mayor Bloomberg.
As usual when thinking about my state and my governor, I have a severe case of indigestion. We would move if we could, but we can’t, so here we are. Someone should hit my tip jar over there in the right side bar so I can buy some Tums. Can you imagine staying up late all the time to find these awful stories? You all should be hitting my tip jar every day, or at least once a week. If you did, I wouldn’t have to keep my part time job, and would have even more time to surf the web so you don’t have to.
Oh, and did you know that Cuomo’s latest decision to delay a fracking decision came after a meeting with that loon Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.? That’s right, he didn’t get his information from a scientist or a doctor, instead he chose a washed up political has been with addiction problems. Are these really the people we want making our decisions for us?
Update: Linked by The Other McCain – thanks!