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?

I Am a Paul Ryan Republican

This isn’t shocking. I know I’ve said this before. I think Paul Ryan posts account for 50% of my content. But when you watch things like this, and look at what we have running for President and the crap we let ourselves get distracted by, it needs to be reiterated.

I am a Paul Ryan Republican…

The Day Mitt Romney Went from Endorsing Reagan to Endorsing Occupy Wall Street in Only a Few Hours

Mitt Romney launched a new economic plan on Wednesday. Some of us were happy to see one because his last plan was only slightly better than Obama, so it was good to seem “go bold.” Of course we also would have preferred he did this because he believed in it and not just because he’s not doing well in the polls, but baby steps.

His new plan is impressive. Jim Pethokoukis (read his full write up here) says that Romney went “the full Reagan.” Sounds great, but this is Romney so you always have your doubts as to how serious he is, or how seriously he’ll fight for the plan.

A few hours later

“But for high income folks, we are going to cut back on that, so we make sure the top 1% keeps paying the current share they’re paying or more.”

Ok, so Mitt? Real talk. Why are we supposed to believe you’re serious aboot your conservative economic reform plan, when you’re already back to use the rhetoric of President Obama and the Democrat endorsed Occupy Wall Street?