Cuomo Says He's Going to Fix Union Problem
These Dems are learning what to do to impress voters. Talk like Republicans.
Andrew M. Cuomo will mount a presidential-style permanent political campaign to counter the well-financed labor unions he believes have bullied previous governors and lawmakers into making bad decisions. He will seek to transform the state’s weak business lobby into a more formidable ally, believing that corporate leaders in New York have virtually surrendered the field to big labor.
Those would be the well-financed labor unions who are the business partners of the Democrats. This sounds like Hitler arguing that he's the best guy to save the Jews.
“We’ve seen the same play run for 10 years,” Mr. Cuomo said. “The governor announces the budget, unions come together, put $10 million in a bank account, run television ads against the governor. The governor’s popularity drops; the governor’s knees weaken; the governor falls to one knee, collapses, makes a deal.”
Virtually everything Democrats do is to feed their partnership with the unions, without whom they would have all the impact of the Green Party.
In recent weeks, he has sent labor leaders copies of “The Man Who Saved New York,” a new biography of former Gov. Hugh L. Carey that recounts how the Democrat teamed up with labor leaders to rescue New York’s finances in the 1970s. And despite his own reputation for toughness, Mr. Cuomo said he believed state lawmakers would respond to a softer touch and subtler approach to governing.
It sounds like what Cuomo really means is he'll make a deal with labor to go along with him for long enough to trick the voters into thinking he's doing the job before they get their payback. Talking nice in an attempt to loosen the union grip on government is not likely to work.