Archive for February 20th, 2010

Dear Governor Paterson…..

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

OK, let’s take a shot of reality here.  Dave, you’re not going to win the election – there’s no chance you’re going to win the election.  Freakin’ Nelson Rockefeller has a better chance of winning the election – and he’s dead!  I have a better idea:

Drop out of the race now and leave a memorable David Paterson legacy: a fiscally – responsible EXPLOSION that can lead government back to serving the people instead   of special interest groups, unions, porky legislators, and political hacks.  The idea will be shocking at first – but that’s exactly what you need when you’re NOT running for reelection and beholden to party bosses, lobbyists, and large campaign contributors.  The idea?

Cut EVERY New York State expenditure across-the-board by 10% for 1-year.

NYS salaries (yes, teachers and correctional officers too),  contracts, retirement benefits, health care workers, disability clients, Medicaid payments, SUNY, Social Services pay outs, arts funding, aid to schools and municipalities – EVERYTHING  – for one year -no exceptions.

Isn’t 9/10 of a loaf better than nothing for 1-year?  If I were the CSEA, I’d much prefer my members take a 10% cut for a year – rather than have even one of them lose his job, go on unemployment, and sidetrack his career.  Cuts are being made now in your budget!  But now the hacks get to choose which department, which program, and what people are getting sliced.  Why not have everyone tighten his belt – uniformly and fairly for just a year?

New York State has been very generous to many people for many years.  That’s one reason we can be proud of our heritage.  That’s one reason New York is New York! But right now you’re telling us we’re in a fiscal crisis and everyone wants to pretend and play ‘business as usual’ – even YOU – with minor reforms.  It’s time to JUMP outside the box!

I know I don’t know the right figures or if this is “doable” under the our present laws – but I’m thinking someone like you can make this – or something like this – happen.  If you’re going after the impossible dream, why not make it a revolutionary, fiscally – responsible BOMBSHELL instead of tilting at windmills in a hopeless election?  Why not be a REAL leader for the people?

Dave, make us proud of you!