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Just in case you had any doubts, Andrew Cuomo is going all-in with his quest to brand himself as the second coming of Ronald Reagan, the faux-Democratic standard-bearer for corporate friendly anti-tax conservatism. Last year he pushed through a budget that hammered education spending and reduced taxes on Wall Street's plutocrats.

So what's he doing this year?

It's worse.

Viewers in NY State are right now being carpet-bombed by repeated television ads featuring a smiling Andrew Cuomo proudly announcing that his new proposed State budget includes no new taxes. And no new spending. Because jobs.

Just in case the point doesn't get through, he repeatedly asserts that "No new taxes means more jobs for New Yorkers". Yeah. Tell that to the thousands of teachers laid off across New York over the last 18 months by school districts forced to limbo under slashed budgets. The brainless repetitive regurgitation of the standard Republican talking point, tax cuts=jobs, flies in the face of reality. But whatever.

And for special emphasis, the ads feature the head of Corning, Incorporated who proudly declares his support for Cuomo's budget, despite being "a lifelong Republican".

Lower taxes for billionaires and corporations. Thousands of teachers laid off. Gutted services and regulations. And coming next to a watershed near you: Fracking!

Don't be fooled. Andrew Cuomo is worse than a "DINO". He's a corporate Republican in Democratic clothing. If you liked NAFTA, welfare 'reform' and Rubinomics, you'll love him. If on the other hand you happen to hail from the Democratic wing of the Democratic party, he is pure poison. With a smiling face.


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  •  Kinda like the democratic party!! (3+ / 0-)
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    MasterKey, PhilK, milkbone

    He is a perfect fit for the democratic party: 90210 on te social issues; 10006 on the financial issues

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:55:16 AM PST

  •  If he decides to run in 2016, he will have (4+ / 0-)
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    Ralphdog, PhilK, eXtina, Mannie

    Wall  Street money in his pocket and the ears of the Villagers.  He needs to be dissuaded soon.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 03:58:59 AM PST

  •  Its gonna be ok (0+ / 0-)

    Its just a proposed budget, the legislature will get a chance to work on it.  Can't raise taxes and spending every year.  I'm not a NYS budget guru, but I'm sure the stock market is helping revenue,

    Plus Cuomo has no chance of chance of becoming President.  He won't win the primary for exactly the reasons you cite and even if he did he would just be a New York liberal to everyone else.  So I wouldn't be so worried.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:01:31 AM PST

    •  Wrong on both counts (1+ / 0-)
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      1) Cuomo has been deviously efficient at courting Republicans and craven corporate dems, so he really doesn't need much support from the legislature's genuine Democrats. Case in point is his obscene deal with a handful of Dem traitors in the State Senate to keep control of the Senate in the hands of Republican leaders despite Democrats winning a majority in the recent election. His budget will pass with few substantive changes.

      2) This is precisely the kind of complaiscence that gave us two terms with the vile George Pataki as Governor. He was consistently underestimated and managed to enact an extensive corporatist agenda in a nominally blue state. Mark my words, Andrew Cuomo is one smart weasel. He knows precisely what to say to appease the Villagers and the nominally liberal press, then heads back to the conference room to meet with the guys from Goldman, Sachs et al.

      •  Both counts? (0+ / 0-)

        1. The Assembly still exists, I'm not too worried.  And don't blame Cuomo or the IDC for the failure of NYC Dem Senators to get their act together.  The Senate agenda will be split between Rs and Ds, so I'm not too worried.

        2. That might be how Cuomo gets reelected to Governor, but I said he wouldn't be able to get elected President.  The gun control message at the State of the State pretty much put an end to that.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:46:36 PM PST

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    •  He'll never be President (1+ / 0-)
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      I can't see any appeal in the Midwest.   No on remembers his father out here and unlike his father he's a cold fish.

      Christie, though, Christie could win the Midwest.  

  •  too much taxes and spending in NY. (3+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, Tim D M, VClib

    recognizing that is just being reality based.

    •  I could not disagree more with this. (4+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, jbob, Mannie, hooper

      Property taxes in NY State have dropped significantly over the last decade, particularly when you use constant dollars. The 'millionaire's tax' has been permitted to expire. Actual income tax rates are flat or lower.

      The result has been catastrophic to State infrastructure. My tiny rural school district was forced to close a recently renovated building and lay off 30 teachers, with disastrous effects on the quality of education. Naturally the most skilled teachers chose to take early retirement and were replaced by inexperienced newbies who are cheaper but a lot less capable. Local roads and bridges are disintegrating. Snow removal after recent storms has been far less efficient because towns have seen their road budgets eviscerated.

      It's not like all this self-flagellation and punishment of the working class is going to bring manufacturing jobs back from Alabama. All it's doing is further enriching the Wall Street plutocrats who nuked the economy in the first place.

    •  Or you could be Jerry Brown (0+ / 0-)

      realize that your state is being run by plutocrats who won't pay their share, and that they're not going anywhere. They already raise the cost of living through the roof in both CA and NYC; it's time to raise their fucking taxes.

  •  He is terrible on some issues (0+ / 0-)

    but very good on some others; in particular, GLBT issues and gun issues.

    But fracking! Oy vey!

    •  that's what he wants you to think (4+ / 0-)
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      GLBT issues and gun issues.

      shameless ploys

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:46:03 AM PST

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      •  Like Scott Brown, almost exactly. Throw the libs (3+ / 0-)
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        The Hamlet, SCFrog, Mannie

        a few social bones, while working against unions, the environment (fracking), economic progressivism, etc.

      •  Oh, no, it's genuine (1+ / 0-)
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        Basically, Cuomo is Michael Bloomberg with a "D" next to his name and a lot less net worth.  The Democratic Party in NYC now incorporates most of the NYC Republican Party circa 1965.  And because most of said taxes -- reasonable or not -- are paid by people in NYC and spent upstate, this is rather tolerable to a lot of liberal Democrats in NYC who don't want to hear upstate Republicans screaming about tax-and-spend NYC liberals while they feed on the state budget.

        None of this has any connection to reality, of course.  New York's "tax and spend" problem is the result of the decline in upstate New York, and will be fixed by bringing high-productivity jobs back to the upstate areas, not by creating more financial services jobs.  (Disclaimer: from over the border in NJ, I benefit a lot from those financial services jobs.  This is why Cuomo can get away with it.  In other words, I'm a beneficiary -- when I work in the city I pay NYS income taxes -- and if I didn't read liberal blogs and I didn't know something about economics, I wouldn't tend to get too upset about it.)  But it's not a perfect strategy: I definitely will not vote for him for President, and if Hillary Clinton runs, neither will anyone else.

        •  The Capital area does NOT get money from NYC (0+ / 0-)

          That is the one area that doesn't get that money, so please clarify this meme and quit lumping all of upstate in one group!

          Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

          by Mannie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 10:18:41 AM PST

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  •  No new taxes on the State level (5+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, jbob, Mannie, sny, The Hamlet

    Mean new taxes at the local level.

    One of my favorite Prince Andrew moves was closing several state prisons. Now the county prisons are full of parole violators who used to be held in state prisons.

    In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    by boriscleto on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:38:25 AM PST

  •  as you say, not even a DINO but a repug (1+ / 0-)
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    in democrat clothing

    it's pretty transparent too

    I'm sick of his self congratulatory commercials paid for by his plutocrat buddies

    all we can hope is that he can't win anything outside of NY because he's from NY. but he definitely thinks he can

    and it's not just tax funded jobs that his cuts hurt - unemployment is very high in my household has been for some time and his 'tax cuts' are not helping.

    "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

    by eXtina on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 05:48:19 AM PST

  •  Great diary Ralphdog! (0+ / 0-)

    I have made comments in the past about our POS GOOBERNOR Cuomo.

    He needs to be primaried out by a real democrat in 2014!

    The last election was a choice between a tea party RWNJ & a repug with a D next to his name.  What a choice...

    I seriously had to vote 3rd party in that one. (I voted for the former lady of the evening, I thought her to be the most honest one out there)

    I can't believe on this site I see people praising Cuomo.  Cuomo only supports some social Democratic issues to play to us, but in his heart and his fiscal policies, he is PAUL RYAN!

    Remember how Kos talks about BETTER Democrats? Well in that regard, Cuomo = Lieberman (except I have more respect for Lieberman. Does that show you how little I think of Cuomo?)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 06:54:18 AM PST

  •  A "DINO" is too harsh (0+ / 0-)

    New York state used to be a hotbed of liberal Republicanism.  (And Wall Street Republicans were generally of the liberal Republican variety: see "Nelson Rockefeller.")  The Democrats inherited this demographic, which in metro NYC is rather large (its highest net worth individual is one Michael Bloomberg).

    With one party shopping in NYS, it's no surprise that Cuomo, who is a member of the Andrew Cuomo Career Advancement Party, would combine a strong liberal record on non-fiscal issues with Republican fiscal conservatism.  The problem is that this isn't your grandfather's fiscal conservatism.  It's a watered down version of the Reagan variety of cut-taxes-on-the-rich.  Republican good government is gone forever.   It has the virtue of screwing the upstate voters he's trying to win over (those high taxes on high income New Yorkers are mostly connected from high financial services industry salaries and are mostly spent upstate; nonetheless NYC tends to be fiscally liberal and upstate voters tend to complain about their taxes -- as a political strategy this works, even though the economics are nonsense).

  •  Yea these anti-Cuomo diaries are wierd. (0+ / 0-)

    I live in NYS, NYC.  I know the economics (the rest of the state gets the cash we print for free in NYC because that's what a bank charter lets you do).  I don't work for a bank, my income puts me directlly in the taxesd the most range (no carried interst income, no cap gains income, salary under 100k).

    I'm more liberal than anyone you know.  I'm to the left of this pretty centrist site (if you don't think dkos is pretty centrist, you are to the right of me).

    I get Cuomo is a politicians politician, but so far, the state functions.  No fraking yet (oh I'm sure it'll come).  The dude Cuomo ran against is a straight psychopath.  He's made no big righty moves, I'm simply unclear on why he's so bad.  What, specifically, has he done that's bad?  Advertise that he didn't raise taxes or spending?  Yea that's a political add winner.  Lowering taxes and increasing spending would be the political win win, but then he'd be a Bush era republican.  

    When we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

    by genethefiend on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 08:37:26 AM PST

    •  You claim to be to the LEFT of DK, but ... (0+ / 0-)

      you show support for Cuomo?  

      What the heck?  Even Kos himself has equated Cuomo to Lieberman.

      Yes, Cuomo's opponent was a total RWNJ right out of the freepers, but that doesn't mean that Cuomo is good, just better than the worst of the repugs (which isn't saying much)

      When you can support a government union-busting, tax the rich lower, fracking supporter like Cuomo, you are to the RIGHT of most people here.  

      Cuomo also supported the demonRAT TRAITORS who handed the state senate to the repugs to give Cuomo cover in his bush like fiscal areas.

      How does this not bother you?

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 09:52:14 AM PST

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      •  Yea I'm not going to get emotional about Cuomo (0+ / 0-)

        So I guess these diaries are just laying the groundwork to prevent lefties from thinking he's on their side come some national presidential primary?  Like I said, I live here.  I'm not sending the man money, so my "support" consists entirely of this comment thread questioning the hate.

        The State Senate thing is clearly a red flag.  Unquestionably.  Every politicians got them, word is even Obama is far from perfect.  Something about flying killer robots, a lack of prosecutions of banksters in my state, and prosecuting whistleblowers.

        So in my eye Cuomo:
        Needs to be pressured to prohibit fracking, which the NYS rules are currently sufficient but need to be defended,

        Cuomo hasn't passed a screw the 99% tax bill, status quo or better

        Cuomo hasn't been on the side of Unions, but not sure who got busted.

        On the plus side we've got gay marriage, guns, we participate in RGGI the north easts cap and trade and he's pushing money for more renewables.

        So tell me what taxes he passed and unions he busted and send me a link on fracking.

        Because I live in NYS, and all the crap that seems to be going on elsewhere doesn't seem to be going on here.  Hat tip New York City, lowest crime rate of any large metropolis in the history of all things.  While everyone hates Bloomberg because of sodas and he's the original Wall St. boy.

        There are levels of suck, and I see a lot more suck that can be highlighted over Cuomo.

        When we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

        by genethefiend on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:21:54 AM PST

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        •  I live in NYS too (0+ / 0-)

          Live in Capital area, work WAY west of that in state.  You can't convince me that Cuomo is nothing more than a repug with a D next to his name.

          Cuomo = Lieberman

          Why don't you leave NYC and come visit the rest of the state sometime (Because it is FAR different than the city) See the barren urban areas in Buffalo, the poverty on the Native American reservations (and Cuomo keeps going after their economy trying to cripple it), the lack of jobs in the Capital Area (except state 18-month CONTRACTING work), the poverty in the rural areas, the conditions of the infrastructure outside NYC (bridges,roads - heck I recently lost a tire on a NYS road because of a pothole)

          A Wall St. fat-cat like Cuomo has no CLUE on anything except being a good lackey to his Wall St. handlers!

          Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

          by Mannie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:44:12 AM PST

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          •  Yea see this does not convince me of anything (0+ / 0-)

            Of course he's an establishment politician, this is not news.  My whole family is from and half is still in Rochester, I know plenty about upstate towns in decline, your "my hood sucks" street cred is blase to me.  

            What I don't get is why don't you work on getting your neighborhood repubug representitive Chris Collins out of office, instead of a middle of the road dem.  I mean, look at this website:

            The guy doesn't say anything about anything, "contact him".

            I don't see, with any remote specifics, why I'm supposed to hate Cuomo.  I'd rather concern myself with electorially (not a word) defeating Pete King, Chris Collins or the entire republican (not quite) half of the state assembly before crapping on Cuomo.

            When we talk about war, we're really talking about peace.

            by genethefiend on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 12:54:51 PM PST

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            •  I have all Democratic representation (0+ / 0-)

              NY Senate 44th Senator Neil D. Breslin (D- Delmar), Assembly 108th John T. McDonald III (D-Cohoes)

              Note: The above two ran unopposed!

              US Congressional Rep: Paul Tonko (D)

              I just work in a repug area :)

              Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

              by Mannie on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 01:26:06 PM PST

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  •  he's a complete... (0+ / 0-)

    asshole. i didn't and won't vote for him no matter who runs against him. he's worse than chris christie who at least ran as a repub.
    tung sol

    There is a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line.--Oscar Levant

    by tung sol on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:29:11 AM PST

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