Don’t really know what to make of this. Everyone in Albany is waiting impatiently for a “New York Times story” to break detailing an already hobbled Governor Paterson’s supposed infidelities and drug abuse. The Governor appears to be genuinely puzzled by the rumors. I think it’s weird even by Albany’s standards.
In days of yore, government workers’ unions rightly wanted parity with the private sector. Now that their employer (the private sector) is suffering collectively from reduced salaries, rising property taxes and eroding health and retirement benefits, government workers just don’t seem all that interested in parity any more.
In Westchester the new County Executive, Rob Astorino is pushing legislators to ask non-union managers to (gasp) contribute to their own health care. It’s a small slice of the budget but will then make Astorino’s bargaining position with the unions over (gasp) asking them to contribute to their own health care that much more powerful.
Local legislators led by Ken Jenkins are fighting against it, which is not a fight I would have picked in the current economic climate if I were them.
It’s silliness like this – pitting private sector health benefits against the public sector’s – that shows how badly we need sane health care reform.
This one goes out mostly to the legions of editorial cartoonists who have penned cartoons to infer that the continued existence of snow is an ironic sign that climate change is a hoax. People may have their quibbles with global warming and its dour prognosis, but pointing to snow as exhibit A in the discussion says more about you than it does about global warming. Also if you really want to use my (free) awesome debunking tool, I suggest you laminate it or something.
21st Century military – 19th Century sensibilities. Oh okay…1993 sensibilities.
Dipping my toe into the realm of formulaic today. But man does this feel accurate. For the record, I personally was always bored by reliability and Toyotas. Except for maybe the Supra. But evidently, because it was interesting, they stopped making that one. A stuck gas pedal is definitely not boring, however.
Uncharacteristic for this blog, I know, but a word of advice, based on personal experience: If your gas pedal sticks don’t turn off the ignition, as your steering column will lock, creating all sorts of unintended excitement. Best to pop the car into neutral (both with manual or auto) and safely coast to a halt on the side of the road. Then turn off the ignition and call your lawyer.
I have noticed that the comments section is quieted by a state cartoon. So of course, I felt compelled to draw another.
This is a systemic and vexing problem in NY State Government, and the absolute root of Albany’s inability to change its self-serving profligacy. Even if we “threw all the bums out,” the political architecture, the lobbyists and the influence peddling would remain, and therefore so would the problem.