Monday, January 28, 2013

Negotiation, New York Style

There was a monster hit song by some guy named Psy, who I never had heard of before,  called Gangnam Style. As far as I could determine, understanding no Korean whatsoever, in Gangnam everyone jumps up and down like a horse when they dance. Everyone was talking about it. A music teacher I know was horrified. It was garbage, he said. But most people seemed to like it.

On the other hand, New York is a tough town. Our style is completely different. Frank Sinatra said if you could make it here, you could make it anywhere. Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn't dance. It would probably be dangerous for him, as he lives with Sandra Lee. I've seen her cook, and that food looks toxic at best. All those cans and boxes. The man is probably living on the edge, ingesting all those chemicals.

So it's not surprising that with him around, New York Style entails threats and bullying. Do this or I'll take all your money. You see, I just took 250 million. Now Governor Cuomo needs that money. After all, he took a principled stand against the millionaire tax, because millionaires are very fragile creatures. If you touch them, they may break, so they need to keep all their money.

Schoolchildren are different. They have little money in the first place, so how are they gonna even know when you take it from them? And now, tough guy/ State Education Commisioner John King is threatening to withhold another billion in Title 1 funds. It's amazing how brave these big men are when faced with little children too poor to pay for school lunch.

But Cuomo is even tougher than you think. In fact, he already owes these kids over 5 billion dollars. But he wasn't afraid to take another 250 mil. Cuomo has done a great job of protecting those delicate rich people. His dad's principled stand was against the death penalty, and may have ultimately cost him his job.

But Governor Andy is not afraid to be a reverse Robin Hood, taking from the neediest, from the poorest, and giving to the very rich. Thank goodness we have such a fearless leader, able to make those tough decisions, let the chips fall where they may.
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