With the primary season now behind us and a pre-commencement of political head bashing just getting warmed up, we now prepare for the next big thing in the election cycle, the conventions. With the state of grid lock growing even more locked in place with every passing day it’s hard to imagine how the fall election will change the negative attitudes coming out of Washington.
As the partisan lines begin to stockpile their ammo and the talking heads try out their spin maneuvers to twist every detail to conform to their party position, I would like to draw your comparisons between two leaders to help us reach some conclusions. I think it only fair to compare the job performance in New York State of Governor Andrew Cuomo and that of President Barack Obama. Granted Governor Cuomo has only been in office half the amount of time as President Obama, but the outcomes seem a stark contrast.
Let’s start at the beginning. President Obama said at his inauguration, “That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many -- and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time.”
Governor Cuomo made three promises in his initial address to the public. “1. We need to clean up Albany and restore integrity. 2. We need to get the economy running and create jobs. 3. We need to stop government overspending and overtaxing.” He went on to say, “The real power of the Governor lies with the people of the state. Democracy only works when the voice of the people rings strong and rings true. I need you to help me. The State is at a crossroads. I believe the decisions we make, the decisions my colleagues make, this year will define the trajectory of this state for years to come. The decisions we make today will shape the state we leave our children tomorrow. ”
Dan Alexander is publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org