Status Cuomo: I was against taxes, before I was for them, before I raised them, before I told you I didn’t…

“Some taxes go up, yes, and others go down, and the net is, they go down.
That’s why it’s a tax cut.”
-Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mar. 21, 2013

What the…???

You can’t tell me that he believes this nonsense! Governor Cuomo is not a dumb man and he is very politically savvy. So when he spews a line like that, you know he doesn’t believe a word of it.

The Governor has a history, and a strong one at that, of opposing tax increases and securing his moniker as a fiscal conservative. But don’t take my word for it, read more of what the governor has said on the issue of tax increases:

“For the third consecutive year, we are closing the deficit with no new taxes or fees.”
-Governor Andrew Cuomo, 2013 Budget Address, Jan. 22, 2013

“If it doesn’t sunset, it’s a new tax.”
-Andrew Cuomo during his 2010 election campaign,
claiming that any extension of the so-called
“millionaires” tax would, in fact, be a new tax.

“I understand the semantics argument, I say no new taxes, period.”
-Andrew Cuomo at his 2011 inaugural
on the use of gimmicks to make tax
increases look like tax cuts.

“The old way of solving the problem was continuing to raise taxes on people, and we just can’t do that anymore. The working families of New York cannot afford tax increases. The answer is going to have to be that we’re going to have to reduce government spending,”
-Andrew Cuomo admitting that renewing the
surcharge on top wage earners would amount to a tax hike,
which would violate his campaign pledge not to boost taxes.
(NY POST, Jan. 4, 2011)

“Working families includes higher-income earners. They work, too.” Then noting that his opposition to tax hikes is “across the board.”
-Andrew Cuomo on how Democrats often exclude
higher-income earners when they invoke the phrase
“working families” during tax-policy discussions.
(NY POST, Jan. 4, 2011)

Even his aides have gotten into the act with this little ditty given to Fred Dicker the day before his 2013 State of the State Address:

“The key to the governor’s fiscal success has been ending the years of taxes and gimmicks that got the state in its fiscal mess in the first place. The governor intends to keep that going,” said a source familiar with the planned address.

Pretty obvious, no?

The tax increases in his budget, which he said had no increases when he presented it in January, show more than just an extended tax on top earners. It also includes the extension of the utility tax and a hike in the state’s $7.25-an-hour minimum wage to $9.00. The utility tax will cost average families about $55 per year and some larger corporations upward of $30,000. The increase in minimum wage equates to nothing more than a tax on businesses, especially small businesses who already struggle with New York’s tax noose around their neck. And make no mistake, we all know who the minimum wage increase will get passed on to.

It would appear that the Governor has made a flip-flop of colossal proportion. One of the likes of John Kerry and his votes on the Iraq War or when Bush 41 proclaimed, “read my lips,” but then raised taxes.

What I don’t understand is: if you are going to go against everything you’ve said since you were campaigning in 2010, why not do it with a better rationale then the incredibly weak, “taxes go up, taxes go down” line.

Based on that theory, when Syracuse beat Georgetown in the semi-finals of the Big East Basketball Tournament, Georgetown should have advanced to the finals because they beat Syracuse the two previous times.

The other spin of his budget is the so called incredible benefit to middle class families in the form of a $350 tax rebate. Families earning between $40,000 and $300,000 a year with at least one child are eligible. But don’t go running to your mailbox, the check won’t be there until 2014 or what is also known as – an election year.

I would hope that any New Yorker would be smarter than to fall for this gimmick which is nothing short of a bribe for your silence. $350? That’s won’t even cover the state taxes and fees on your cable and internet bill for the year.

I like to think I know a little something about political strategy and communications, but these maneuvers I just don’t get. I can’t see the end game and I certainly don’t get the sudden uncontrolled message.

What happened to the well disciplined Cuomo?

Are we just seeing the real Cuomo? Is this what happens to a leader when they are not surrounded by people who say anything but yes? Or is this just the inevitable recession of a political figure in New York?

Either way, since December, Cuomo has experienced a 19 point decline in his approval numbers. Now some people will argue that he has only lost support among some people, mostly republicans and mostly upstaters and his numbers are still strong among his base, blah, blah blah…

But hey, “Some poll numbers go up, yes, and others go down, and the net is, they go down. That’s why it’s a decline,” right?


Election 2016: Is Chris Christie Already Undermining Mitt Romney?

Now that those of us who supported NotRomney are coming to grips with him transitioning into being NotObama, I thought I’d get some time before talking aboot the 2016 election. Chris Christie, why do you do this to us?

He’s giving his “State of the State” address tomorrow and sat down for an interview with noted conservative activist Oprah Winfrey. They talked aboot his weight and his battles with it, and eventually the conversation turned to 2016…where Chris Christie says he’ll be ready to run for President by. Ok, that’s harmless. But then here’s what he had to say aboot Mitt Romney, presumptive nominee and THE GUY THAT HE ENDORSED…

“I have a real sense that Governor Romney has a real depth of knowledge and experience and understanding about government and business – but he doesn’t really communicate it all that well. I think people have a hard time at times connecting with him. The challenge for him is going to be, can he connect with the American people in a way that convinces them that they’ll trust him?”

Really Sparky, this is just coming to you now?

Undermining people on your side for your own gain is nothing new. Bill Clinton has been doing it to President Obama for the past few years. And a lot of us, who were disappointed in his endorsement of Mitt in the first place, have seen him out on the stump with Romney and are reminded at who we wanted to run for President instead and why.

I’ll also go as far to say that Christie didn’t say anything that we haven’t been thinking ourselves. But all because we’re thinking it doesn’t mean he has to go and say it.

Especially since if this is what he thinks, instead of saying it to Oprah, he should be saying it on the debate stage tonight.