Skip to comments.Blatant Blue State Hypocrisy
Posted on 01/12/2018 9:44:34 PM PST by Oshkalaboomboom
Youve got to admire the full frontal audacity of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and their union and pressure group comrades in arms. Their hypocrisy, fraud and tyranny seem to have no boundaries, especially on fiscal responsibility, energy and climate change.
Amid the seventh year of a New York is open for business advertising campaign that has spent $354 million thus far, they are presiding over tax and regulatory regimes, mountains of debt, intransigent public sector unions, anti-nuclear, anti-fossil fuel energy policies that are anything but business friendly and press conferences that promise more of the same for their businesses, taxpayers and pensioners.
As Wall Street Journal columnist William McGurn notes, Cuomo and his fellow warriors against Trump and Republicans will do almost anything except address the root problem by lowering their taxes and spending. Because to do so would require taking on the public unions that drive much of state spending and debt, and are the key constituency of the 21st-century Democratic Party.
Across the river in New Jersey, unions resist any reforms to their payrolls or pensions just as fiercely. The NJ pension system is already $90-billion short of what it needs to pay future benefits, says the Manhattan Institute. The state will collect some $35 billion in 2018 taxes, but any new revenue will go to pension payouts and spending on new government programs. Connecticut is in the same boat.
Meanwhile, electricity prices continue to climb: In New York 18.8 cents per kilowatt-hour for families, 15.0 cents for the businesses the state is so eager to attract, and 6.2 cents for its few industries. In Jersey, 14.7, 11.4 and 9.6 cents, respectively. In Connecticut, a whopping 21.3, 16.8 and 13.5 cents per kWh!
On the Left Coast, similarly exorbitant electricity rates pummel California businesses, families, factories, farms, hospitals and schools while neighborhoods confront monstrous mudslides, resulting from winter rains in the wake of fiery hillside-denuding conflagrations that combined have destroyed nearly 9,000 homes, killed over 60 people, and devastated entire forests and neighborhoods.
Golden State forests have 129 million dead trees, and enough dry brush to fill LA Memorial Coliseum several times. But state regulators, environmentalists and judges make it impossible to remove any. Its more natural, sustainable and climate friendly to have it erupt in 1,400 to 2,200 degree F infernos.
Compare those fiscal and environmental train wrecks to results thus far of the deregulation, tax reduction, pro-fossil fuel policies of President Trump and congressional Republicans: new jobs, higher wages, bonuses, a coming repatriation of trillions of now overseas dollars to fuel new investment and innovation, the lowest black unemployment since recordkeeping began, and the stock market (DJIA) reaching a record high of 25,575 January 11, following a record 92 closing highs since President Trump was elected.
Compare that to Nobel Prize winning Blue economist Paul Krugmans dire prediction after the election: the markets will crash and never recover, amid a long global recession. Meanwhile, multi-multi-millionaire Nancy Pelosi belittled the $1,000 bonuses as crumbs. Tell that to families bringing in $25,000 to $50,000 a year. The House Minority Leader is completely out of touch with average families.
The Democrats need bogeymen, scapegoats, distractions to deflect attention away from this lunacy. Thats the best way to explain the Cuomo and de Blasio press stunts this past week.
Rather than confronting public sector unions and rabid greens or supporting onshore and offshore drilling and fracking that would create jobs and improve economies in poor counties far from Albany and Manhattan, generate tax revenues, and reduce electricity prices the gov railed against the new $10,000 cap on how much of their state and local taxes rich NY residents can deduct on their federal forms.
Mr. Cuomo proposes to transform personal income taxes into corporate payroll taxes, or even charitable deductions! These gambits would bring friendly IRS auditors to the Empire State, but he should worry?
Meanwhile, Mayor de Blasio went on a rant against fossil fuels announcing that the city is suing five major oil companies for billions of dollars in climate damages, and insisting that the Big Apple must divest its police, teacher and other public pensions from any and all fossil fuel stocks.
Energy stocks are leading the latest US stock market rally, fossil fuels will continue providing 75-80% of US and global energy for decades to come, resurgent economies overseas are booming thanks to coal, oil and natural gas, and forecasters are predicting $80-per-barrel oil in 2018, as demand surges. So Liberal Logic says its time to divest from fossil fuels and maybe switch to ideologically sympatico holdings, like subsidized wind turbines or booming economies like Argentina, Venezuela or North Korea.
Greenhouse gas emissions produced disasters like Superstorm Sandy, de Blasio railed. I remember those days. I remember how desperate it was, how much fear and confusion there was. This tragedy was wrought by the actions of fossil fuel companies. Now New York needs $20 billion to build resilience against rising seas, more powerful storms and hotter temperatures.
Nice try, Mr. Mayor. But blaming sub-hurricane-strength Sandy for the actions and incompetence of city and state officials wont cut it. As environmental consultant Pat Moffitt and I explained in great detail in a three-part series several months after the storm pounded the NYC area (here, here and here), fossil fuels and GHGs had zero to do with the damages any more than they did for Harvey, Irma or other storms.
And any more than fossil fuels are responsible for the Californias wildfires and mudslides, despite Governor Jerry Browns scapegoating insistence that GHG emissions are responsible for that too. Its all self-serving fraud. But changing the minds of fanatics is a tough task.
Fuel oil and natural gas got millions of New Yorkers and New Englanders through the recent record cold snap, while wind turbines froze up, solar panels went AWOL, and Al Gore blamed the cold on global warming! But who are we to argue with Hizzoner da Mare about fossil fuels, dangerous manmade climate change, Sandy or divestment? He might sic his RICO attack dogs on us again.
Indeed, such prosecutions are part and parcel of the new leftist-fascist world order, under which partisans, politicians and professors shut down debate, impose uniform thinking, set corporate policy, and may even punish contrarian views with physical violence when those views threaten their safe spaces.
Its not yet as dicey as getting into a Moscow elevator. But one climate doomsayer wants to ship climate chaos skeptics to a Kerguelen Island gulag off Antarctica, where he probably assumes they could watch the entire continent melt from GHG emissions, if not from volcanoes and magma beneath the ice.
Antifa leftist-fascist have learned well from their predecessors and contemporaries, but are now employing their technological prowess as well. Google and Facebook use clever algorithms to steer searches to help liberal news and views reach audiences, while conservative perspectives get shunted to the back pages. Google now displays fact checks next to Daily Caller and other conservative views, though not with liberal leaning stories; Snopes says its fake news, but others say the charge has merit.
Twitter allegedly uses shadow banning algorithms to make users think their tweets have been posted, when in fact theyve been sent to cyber oblivion. And talk show host Dennis Prager is suing YouTube for using restricted mode filtering to keep PragerU educational videos from reaching audiences.
Former Colorado Democratic Governor Richard Lamm would instantly recognize these tyrannical tactics. In 2005, Mr. Lamm said they were integral parts of an eight-step program to destroy America. Heres an audio of the talk (on YouTube!), and we know Lamm really said it, because even Snopes says so!
The future of our free speech and other democratic safeguards and institutions is at stake. So is the future of sound, evidence-based science, on climate and other topics and of reliable, affordable energy. Blue State officials, unions and activists may be delighted with how their agenda is progressing. The rest of the United States
may not be so happy.
Tammany Hall has not gone away and has not changed it’s stripes.
>> In New York 18.8 cents per kilowatt-hour for families
The actual energy rate is about $0.07/KWH. But after the fees, my effective rate is $0.20/KWH. So sad.
Where men who look like men but claim a female name that day can enter a female public bathroom and if you dare make a fuss you will be prosecuted. NYC entertains the gay transgenger mental health fantasy
“Now New York needs $20 billion to build resilience against rising seas, more powerful storms and hotter temperatures.
These grifters are echoing the same nonsense many Caribbean and African sh!tholes spout when they demand money from the civilized Western countries. They’ve controlled their own resources for decades now (centuries, in the case of Haiti) but have allowed primitive “native” dictatorships to plunder them; the working West must pay...
“Across the river in New Jersey, unions resist any reforms to their payrolls or pensions just as fiercely. The NJ pension system is already $90-billion short of what it needs to pay future benefits, says the Manhattan Institute. The state will collect some $35 billion in 2018 taxes, but any new revenue will go to pension payouts and spending on new government programs. Connecticut is in the same boat.”
This really is the kiss of death for these states; just as American automakers were at a huge disadvantage because of their pension and healthcare obligations compared to foreign automakers, these states have no hope of competing with states (or countries) unhindered by these massive IOUs to their retirees - not just the pensions themselves, but the healthcare provided to retired teachers and such. Anyone moving into, or opening a business in, these states need only look at the last line above - “but any new revenue will go to pension payouts and spending on new government programs” - and realize the infrastructure won’t be maintained to support businesses, and nothing will be left for current services; any new individual taxpayer or company will HAVE to be squeezed to pay people who retired years ago.