…and it’s surprisingly sweet music, too:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has rightly argued that painful spending cuts will be needed to close New York’s projected $10 billion deficit. The hard truth is that it is impossible to cut spending deeply without cutting the state’s huge outlays for education and health care. That means that New York’s most vulnerable citizens — schoolchildren, the elderly, the poor, the sick — will feel a disproportionate amount of the pain.
Governor Cuomo has vowed to make the tough decisions and not to be swayed by special-interest pleadings. But he is refusing to impose any new taxes or even continue a current surcharge on New York’s wealthiest and least vulnerable citizens.
And you wondered where the “Somebody does something: women, minorities hardest hit” cliche headline of the Old Grey Lady came from.
Anyway, I was going to bore my readers at this point with yet another tedious explanation of why it’s a bad idea to encourage small businesses and wealthy individuals to continue to bail out of a high-tax, high-regulation state – but, hell, if you haven’t figured that out already then you probably won’t, ever. Unfortunately for the NY GOP, Governor Cuomo has: obviously, I’d rather that it was a Republican initiating fiscal sanity in NY, but I’ll take what I can get…