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Gov David Paterson – And the New York Budget Axe

Most dangerous politician in the world is one with nothing to lose. Faced with a totally currupt and dysfunctional legislature, some rather questionable judges, and a complete refusal by the State’s Labor Unions to negotiate any solution which might ward off disaster…

Governor David Paterson dropped the axe. And it’s just the beginning of what needs to be done to get the state back on it’s financial feet. Since Paterson doesn’t have any expectation of an elected political future – he may be just the guy to clean up the mess in NY.

The Axeman Cometh

Gov. David Paterson orders layoffs of 8,900 New York state employees amid economic downturn

Gov. Paterson ordered 8,900 state jobs slashed Tuesday to help close a budget deficit that has ballooned by another $2.2 billion.While some jobs will be lost through attrition, the bulk will be through layoffs that would begin in July, Paterson budget spokesman Jeffrey Gordon said.

Paterson aides say the cuts – the first large-scale layoffs since Gov. George Pataki laid off 2,500 workers in 1995-96 – would save the state $481 million.

Gordon said the governor was forced to make the move after the state’s major unions refused to agree to concessions – or come up with a savings plan.

“The governor believes this is a truly unfortunate situation,” Gordon said. “It is not where he wanted to end up. He worked very hard to avoid this outcome.”

Gordon said the administration has been talking with the unions about concessions since October.

“We tried numerous times to modify proposals to minimize the potential impact on state employees,” he said. “All offers were rejected.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2010 in News, The Post-Racial Life

 

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NY State Senator Sen. Kevin Parker accuses Albany pols of being white supremecists…

More fun in the New York Senate, which would be the laughingstock of America sans Arizona and Utah!Apparently Senator Parker’s background is a colorful addendum to the infamous antics of NY pols – being known for a quick temper and facility to engage in fisticuffs with Meter Maids and members of the media.

In Facebook rant, Hothead Sen. Kevin Parker accuses Albany pols of being white supremecists(sic)

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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NY Gov. David Paterson – Budget Battles and Conservative Welfare Queens

The State of New York is $9.2 billion underwater this year. With a New York Senate in virtual gridlock, this means spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to cut and how. The NY Legislature is again – Missing in Action.

The NY Legislature has left town with no budget, leaving the status of a number of things in doubt. It now appears that the State’s once ubiquitous Off Track Betting Parlors are out of business. The results of the budget crisis will also be felt in the Parks and Schools. One of the other issues is State employee salaries, which have risen 3% in each of the last 3 years, and are scheduled to rise 4% this year.

Lastly – yesterday was “Tax Day”, where a bunch of Republican Tea Bagger clowns running around the country protesting whatever.  Governor Paterson points out indirectly that the states which are in the Republican Red Zone, are the ideological center of the Tea Baggers – and are now threatening to raise Militias to protect themselves from the “evil” Federal Government…

Are the biggest Welfare Queens in the country.

There are at least 25 states that get more Federal aid back than they pay in to the system. Of those 25, 19 are “red states,” i.e., voted Republican in the last presidential election.

For example, Gov. Sanford’s South Carolina gets back $1.35 for each dollar paid in federal taxes. Gov. Jindal’s Louisiana gets $1.78 on every dollar sent in.  And Gov. Palin’s Alaska gets a whopping $1.84 in federal aid for every dollar it sends to Washington.

And that’s not counting stimulus funds.

On the flip side, Michigan — with a 12.6% unemployment rate — loses 8 cents on every dollar it sends in federal taxes. California (10.4% unemployment), gives up 22 cents. Illinois, 25 cents. And New Jersey (8.2%), coughs up 39 cents on every dollar of federal tax paid. All of them are, of course, blue states — and they’re not the only ones.

That is, these Red States tend to receive a lot more Federal Tax money than they pay out. So when these Tea Bagger monkeys jump up and down about their “taxes” – you need to remember that in large part, they are not paying the freight for the services they receive. Federal spending doesn’t create jobs? OK – let’s shut down a few of those big arsed Military Bases in the Red Zone, and let’s see about those “jobs”.

The right wing wants to play “Starve the Beast“, and obstruction – maybe it’s time to take that down to the State level – and put some of these Bozos on a “Pay as you go” plan.

Meanwhile, in New York… Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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David Paterson and “Black Leaders” – What’s Wrong With This Picture?

On one side this morning we have RK Byers over at NewsOne arguing that “black leaders” have “sold out” NY Governor David Paterson –

The only time I’ve ever even heard of a mass act as suspiciously Tom-like as the group of Black leaders that got together last night to discuss New York Governor David Paterson’s political future was the effrontery that took place when some fool decided to gather together a gang of Black athletes to “weigh in” on the mind state of one Muhammad Ali whom everyone had assumed was insane because he had refused induction into the United States Military.

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Black Athelete Meeting re: Muhammad Ali's Decision to Reject Being Drafted Into the Army

And this report on the AP wire –

Black leaders’ support may buy time for Paterson

By ADAM GOLDMAN and MICHAEL GORMLEY (AP) – 2 hours ago

NEW YORK — New York Gov. David Paterson might have won some time when he received what has become rare support from influential black leaders as he tries to ride out allegations in two scandals that threaten his job and led to the resignation of three top staffers.

Paterson and his administration are seeking to regroup Friday in what one official described as pep talks. Late Thursday night, black leaders in New York City said he deserves his right to due process and should stay in office.

Things that make you go – “Huh?” Indeed.

I think Paterson is finished. The thing about being a black politician in this here “post-racial” America is that you cannot count on the black community, or other black leaders to take a bullet for you (as was common during the days of “black solidarity”) when you F-up. Black folks are damned tired of being used and abused by black politicians who can’t keep their Johnson’s in their pants, the money out of crooked pockets, and – in Gov. Paterson’s case, self inflicted injuries. Get more than enough of that crap from white politicians, whose election far too often we have little power to impact.

The Party machine in New York right now, is in a serious case of meltdown – with Rangel being removed from the Chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Paterson being brought down by a ombination of his own hubris and intra-part factionalism.

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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The Stink In New York

Something is wrong here. There is a concerted, high level effort to get rid of Governor David Paterson –

Somehow, I highly doubt that any high level New York politician has ever paid for a sports ticket.

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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Unconfirmed Report – Gov. David Paterson to Suspend Campaign, Possibly Resign Today

Gov. Paterson Will End Campaign

Less than 48 hours after the New York Times revealed in a bombshell story that the administration of Gov. David Paterson had intervened in the domestic violence case of a top aide, Paterson has decided to pull the plug on his campaign for governor, the Daily News and the Post are reporting.

No official announcement has been made, but the Post says one is expected later today. Two sources familiar with the decision confirmed to TPM that Paterson will end his campaign.

A Democratic source familiar with New York politics tells TPM the Times story was a “profound disappointment” to Paterson’s friends and staff. “There’s an ongoing discussion about resigning his office,” the source said.

National Democrats are confident that they can hold the New York governorship, an official with the Democratic Governors Association tells TPM.

In response to the Times story, which was published online Wednesday evening, Paterson’s deputy secretary for public safety resigned, saying she had been lied to about the involvement of the state police in the domestic violence case of top Paterson aide David Johnson.

Ben Smith notes that calls for Paterson to resign have been snowballing, with the Daily News running a front-page editorial today headlined “TIME TO GO.”

According to the Times story, state police intervened with a woman who was seeking a protective order against Johnson following an alleged assault on Halloween. The story also said that Paterson had spoken to the woman on the phone Feb. 7, the day before she failed to show up in court for a scheduled hearing.

The circumstances of that call are unclear, with Paterson claiming that it was initiated by the woman. The woman’s lawyer says Paterson called her.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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David Paterson Announces Re-election Bid

Governor David Paterson Throws His Hat Into the Ring

NY Gov. Paterson launches election bid

David Paterson launched his campaign for a full four-year term as New York’s governor with a combative campaign speech that mocked recent reports about his job performance and personal life.

“After all you have heard, there’s one rumor I will confirm, I am running for governor this year,” Paterson said to a crowd of about 400 at Hofstra University. “They haven’t knocked us down yet and they never will.” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2010 in News

 

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Gov. David Paterson – I’m Blind… Not Dead!

Governor David Paterson is reputed to have a “Tiger Woods Problem” … Or possibly enemies willing to circulate a vicious rumor campaign. At least according to blog reports the NY Times will publish “at any minute” the salubrious details including drug use and the tried and true American Political pastime of Bimbo Boffing!

The American Political freak show continues…

Interesting viewpoint from foreign news.


He’s blind… Not dead.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2010 in Stupid Democrat Tricks

 

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Governor Paterson, The “Hammer” Part Deux – State of the State

NY Governor David Paterson outlines his plan for economic recovery in New York –

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2010 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Gov. David Paterson to Throw Down in NY Senate

This one will be high drama, as Gov. Paterson is expected to call the New York State Senate to task in a no holds barred speech.

Paterson likely to confront lawmakers in State of State

ALBANY — If his State of the State address today is to be considered a success, Gov. David A. Paterson might well hope for an unusual reception from his audience of lawmakers.

Boos.

After weeks of assigning legislators blame for the state’s budget mess while portraying himself as the “not them” politician, the governor will have a singular opportunity to use lawmakers as his props to continue hammering away at a theme that many Democrats call his Hail Mary attempt to improve his poll standings among voters this election year.

The prospect of a Democratic-led Legislature grumbling at the Democratic governor may do as much to propel Paterson’s argument that he is an agent of change as any policy initiative he might unveil.

“It’s hard to imagine [the speech] not being confrontational,” said Kenneth Adams, president of the Business Council of New York State.

“His recent tone has not been conciliatory, and I don’t think he’s going to go off that message,” added Lee Miringoff, who runs the Marist College polling program.

With Paterson’s poll numbers still languishing, despite recent signs of improvements, and his insistence that he is a candidate for governor, Adams and Miringoff believe there might be no better platform than the State of the State address for Paterson to make his case to voters at such a crucial time in his political career.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2010 in News

 

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Governor David Paterson Launches Re-Election Campaign

Despite pressure from just about everyone in the Democrat hierarchy, Paterson has decided to fight – and go for it!

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Posted by on November 6, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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NY Governor David Paterson Wins a Big One

Been a tough week for NY Governor Paterson. Both the Obama Administration and the DNC are encouraging him not to run for Governor in 2010 based on his low poll numbers.

New York Governor David Paterson

New York Governor David Paterson

Adding to his woes has been the circus in the New York Senate, now deadlocked 31-31 votes Democrat/Republican. To break this deadlock, Governor Paterson appointed a new LT Governor to replace the seat he vacated when he moved to Governor after Elliot Spitzer’s resignation.

Republicans howled, and sued to block the appointment, which would provide a tie braking vote and make the Senate functional again.

New York court upholds governor’s appointment of lieutenant

New York State’s highest court on Tuesday ruled that Governor David Paterson has the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor, granting the embattled governor a surprise victory in a case brought by Senate Republicans.

The New York Court of Appeals voted 4 to 3 that the governor “has the authority to fill a vacancy in the office of lieutenant-governor by appointment,” the ruling said.

Paterson, who himself became governor from his position as lieutenant governor under Eliot Spitzer, has said he is running for office, despite the reports that the Obama administration is concerned he could drag down New York’s Democratic members of Congress and the Democratic-controlled state legislature.

The ruling is from the New York Court of Appeals in Dean G. Skelos et al, vs. David Paterson et al, No. 183.

Paterson is running – and he just might surprise some folks.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2009 in News

 

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The HNIC Steele Plays the Race Card

Uncle Mikkie plays the race card in the White House’s request for Governor Paterson of New York not to run for re-election…

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Posted by on September 20, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Gov. David Paterson Plays the Race Card

Governor David Paterson of NY has had a tough ride as the Governor of New York for a number of reasons – not the least of which was the fumbled handoff after Hillary Clinton resigned as Senator to become Secretary of State resulting in the political crucifixion of Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the most beloved Democrat President in the last 60 years. And that was just one of a dozen missteps…

NY Governor David A. Paterson

NY Governor David A. Paterson

In a radio interview Friday

Gov. David A. Paterson lashed out on Friday at critics who say he should not run for election, and he suggested that he was being undermined by an orchestrated, racially biased effort by the media to force him to step aside.

The governor, on a morning radio talk show, said that Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, the only other African-American governor, was suffering similar treatment, and he predicted that President Obama would, too.

“We’re not in the postracial period,” he told Errol Louis, a columnist for The Daily News and the host of the radio program, on WWRL-AM. “My feeling is it’s being orchestrated, it’s a game, and people who pay attention know that,” he added.

“We don’t have the kind of forces in the community that we had before,” he said. “In other words, our black media outlets, save your program and a few others, are the only ways we have access, and even our own reporters from our own community buy the public line, which is, ‘We’re going to get rid of David Paterson.’ ”

“The reality is that the next victim on the list is President Barack Obama, who did nothing more than try to reform a health care system” that, he said, constitutes 10 percent of the gross domestic product. It is “only because he’s trying to make change,” Mr. Paterson said.

The governor declined to be interviewed by The New York Times about his remarks. But several people who had spoken to him said that he and his aides saw racial overtones in everything from the searing depictions of him on Saturday Night Live to small turns of phrase, like New York magazine’s reference to his freewheeling style as “jazz government.”

Well, I don’t mean to be cold blooded here, Governor Paterson, but when you screw over the only living descendant of what is effectively America’s Royalty – folks aren’t really looking at whether you are black or white.

When you fail to control your own Party in the State Senate and House resulting in a 6 week gridlock, making the state the laughing stock of the whole nation – it ain’t about whether you are black or white.

Yes, there are going to be a percentage of people, including those in the media who can’t get past your race. However, every single successful black person in the media, government, or corporate world in America deals with that – and dealing with that is an integral part of why they are successful.

And yes, there are unreconstructed confederate racists who didn’t get the message in 1964, of which we see ample evidence in the conservative sphere in Town Halls, Militias, and right wing publications and think tanks…

But as a politician, specifically a black politician – that’s the war you signed on for.

Some of us out here, including this blog cheered your efforts to drop the hammer on the dysfunctional NY Senate and appointment of a Lt. Governor (which didn’t work out). NY politics has been a bruising exercise in hand-to-hand combat since the days of Tammany Hall. Not much different than Chicago’s infamous politics.

Governor Paterson – not even a majority of black people in your state support you anymore, and the hallways are noticeably empty of folks willing to rally behind your race card.

You want to whine – go becme a professional-victim black conservative. Whining about their perceived mistreatment is, after all, their stock in trade.

Otherwise, STFU and get the job done – and those poll numbers will take care of themselves.

And so will President Obama and Deval Patrick.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2009 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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