December 21, 2014

WHICH IS WHY SO MANY OF US ARE GOVERNED BY REPUBLICANS INSTEAD:

Cuomo the Craven -- governor to upstate: Drop dead (Bob McManus, December 18, 2014, NY Post)

The fruits of Andrew Cuomo's first term went on display one after another this week -- and what a withered bunch of grapes they turned out to be.

There was the governor's fracking ban -- announced Wednesday in Albany and perhaps the single most irresponsible gubernatorial act since the entire Paterson administration.

There were the casino-placement revelations -- including one for a flood plain in Schenectady, a town plagued by high water every spring but full of Democrats, which clearly mattered.

And there was the improbable news that a scant 1.9 percent of New York's teachers are officially incompetent -- a startlingly low figure in a state where fewer than 40 percent of high-school students can meet even Albany's undemanding reading and math standards, and where Cuomo once declared himself to be the "students' lobbyist." [...]

Four years ago, the plan was to transform Upstate -- largely, he hinted, through a tightly regulated regimen of natural-gas extraction in the Southern Tier. Hydraulic fracturing -- fracking -- was the key.

But that would've taken guts, always in short supply in the Cuomo administration -- and so no surprise that on Wednesday the governor caved to ferocious "progressive" pressure and killed fracking, but couldn't even summon the courage to do it himself.

After four years of show-a-little-leg, then-pull-it-right-back dissembling, Cuomo assigned a deputy do the job. "I will be bound by what the experts say," he declared -- pointing directly at his temporary health commissioner, Dr. Howard Zucker, who promptly gave the game away.

"I consider the people of the state of New York as my patients," ZuckĀ­er said. "I cannot support high-volume hydraulic fracturing in the great state of New York" -- adding that he, himself, would not live anywhere fracking is practiced.

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