Gubernatorial Authority

So, New York State is about three weeks away from being unable to meet its financial obligations. We’re on the brink of handing out IOUs, like California. And what does the state legislature do? Nothing. They know that the public think it’s all the governor’s fault, so they’re willing to stand pat and let him take the heat for their inaction.

The governor, in what must be a fit of exasperation, has suggested something new. Let him make the budget. Since the legislature apparently lacks the political will to cut spending and balance the books, he has offered to do it himself. Then the craven toadies in the Senate and Assembly don’t have to look ungrateful to their union masters.

I doubt it’ll work, but it certainly shows that the governor is sick of taking all the blame for something he neither caused nor has the power to fix.

5 Responses to “Gubernatorial Authority”

  1. Pitt says:

    Its pretty telling that Patterson is about the best governor NY has had in the past, well, as far as I can remember. I give the poor guy a lot of credit, being disadvantaged in many ways, pretty much shunned by both parties, and still trying to make something work.

    Still, I told my dad he’d be smart to retire soon and get the hell out of that sinking ship of a state. Every time I go back to visit I feel like there’s this cloud of Doom hanging over just about everything and everyone there.

  2. Dan says:

    Funny. I haven’t liked Patterson _until_ he started getting treated like a political leper by the hyenas in the state legislator. I didn’t think he was doing a good job as governor, but they used that to try to confuse people into thinking he should also be blamed for not doing a good job with things he’s not responsible for. Now he’s saying, ‘Fuck it,’ shouldering it all, and trying his best. Bones.

  3. Dan says:

    Premature submission.
    Coming from someone who didn’t like him at all, now I’m hoping he doles out a budget that fucks over the bastards that are blaming him, salvages what can be salvaged for the people of New York, it somehow gets passed, and then he announces he will retire after this term and drop the microphone like Chris Rock.

    And I don’t even live there anymore.

  4. matt says:

    It’s totally a Chester Arthur situation. Arthur was about the most corrupt political hack in the universe when he was appointed to run as the VP candidate to Garfield. He ran the Port Authority in New York, which basically meant that his job was to take bribes to let cargo through.

    But when Garfield was shot and Arthur became president, he greatly reformed and actually turned out to be much better than anyone expected. Certainly better than Garfield would have been, had he run out his term.

    It’s the same thing with Paterson. He’s been a political hack from NYC his whole life, and was basically rewarded for not rocking the boat by becoming the lieutenant governor. But now that he’s the governor, he’s decided he’s going to do the best he can and go down swinging. Good for him.

  5. Pitt says:

    Mr. Garfield been shot down, shot down, shot down, Mr. Garfield been shot down, lo!

    Sorry, every time anyone mentions James A. Garfield that Johny Cash song runs through my head.

    Dittos on the blind black NY gub-man. Dan, where do you live?

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