My Take on New York’s Fiscal Problems

June 10, 2010

Rants

MISTAKES: It could be that the purpose of your life is only to serve as a warning to others.

All of New York’s state workers are breaking out the fiddles. They’re rearranging the deck chairs. Passing out the lifeboats. (Except the only calls to board them are “state workers and politicians first! State workers and politicians first!”)

I saw this latest OHMYGOSHNEWYORKISGOINGTODIEEEEEE headline. Had to laugh. If New York State tanks and goes to the bottom of the ocean, so what? We’ll just be called Greater Pennsylvania or Greater New Jersey or something.

NY Shut Down Would Hurt NY All Over

Um, really?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – With the state budget more than two months late and continued discord in Albany, the fear of an unprecedented shut down of state government is getting more attention among state planners.

A shut down would likely mean a fraction of the number of troopers patrolling highways and investigating crimes; the end of a terrorism hot line that takes about 457 calls a year; delayed tax refunds; suspension of lottery games; and closed unemployment offices just when the state is hovering around its highest unemployment rate in decades.

That’s the snapshot from planners in the state Senate after meetings with the Paterson administration.

Here’s my take on this news story:

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – With the state budget more than two months late and continued discord in Albany, the fear of an unprecedented shut down of state government is getting more attention among state planners.

Me: The state budget is on time once again!!! The state is still keeping it’s amazing record of almost 50 consecutive years of passing the budget too late, waaay after the April 1st deadline as mandated by the New York Constitution. A vote is being considered on whether to toss the NY Constitution into the garbage can, since no one pays attention to it anymore, anyway. What’s the big deal? The state government lives like KINGS. We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution!

A shut down would likely mean a fraction of the number of troopers patrolling highways and investigating crimes; the end of a terrorism hot line that takes about 457 calls a year; delayed tax refunds; suspension of lottery games; and closed unemployment offices just when the state is hovering around its highest unemployment rate in decades.

Me: What does a late budget mean to NY? It means fewer speed traps, and fewer unConstitutional police roadblocks and “seatbelt” checks. It means the end of a multi-million dollar telephone “hotline” network that costs taxpayers tons of money but that no one ever uses (well, ok— maybe .000001 percent of New Yorkers use it. And that’s just ONE little program amongst thousands that’s a pork-filled pocket-liner for some lucky legislator!!!).

It also means delayed tax refunds of money that NY shouldn’t be taking anyway, and money that NY wouldn’t be able to take anymore since the tax offices would be closed and the state workers sent home! Gambling and other immoral activities would cease! Unemployment offices would be shut down- no longer encouraging the slackers! And people would be forced to either get a job in New York State or move out of the state (which would be another signal to the state government to shape up).

That’s the snapshot from planners in the state Senate after meetings with the Paterson administration.

Me: A state shut down really doesn’t look too bad, not for those of us in NY’s population who do not get our bread and butter from the state– not for those of us who PROVIDE the bread and butter for the state. Maybe it’s time this great big bloated whale of a government just fizzles away. Maybe all these people SHOULD lose their jobs. Maybe we NEED fewer state workers. Maybe we need to lower taxes and make things a little more friendly in this state. Maybe a great big kick in the butt or an iceberg will finally wake everybody up.

People have been warning about this looming iceberg for decades, ever since I was a little girl. It’s not a sudden surprise. What is REALLY a surprise is that state government cared so little to do absolutely nothing except rob and sell out their constituents for a quick buck for all these years. And now that New York’s population is dwindling down to nothing and there are more government workers than private workers to support this top-heavy toppling structure, New York suddenly “cares” whether 457 people can have their hotline number??

Fahgeddaboudit.

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4 Responses to “My Take on New York’s Fiscal Problems”

  1. Ralph Cramden Says:

    Here’s a clue – I’ve worked in this state for 33 years and after being laid off, am presently on unemployment. Apparently I am one of the ‘slackers’ of which you speak. I guess it’s MY fault that The company I worked for had to cut hundreds of jobs, and I suppose it’s MY fault that there are no jobs in the area i which I live.

    Honestly. I am insulted that someone of your exceedingly limited intelligence and compassion is allowed to put up garbage like this.

    Drop dead.

    • Rebecca Says:

      Hiya Ralph!

      It’s always very unfortunate when someone loses their job, especially when it’s because of horrible mismanagement from politicians. But it is a fact that NEW YORK STATE TAXPAYERS CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE EXPENSIVE, BLOATED GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES. New Yorkers have known for a loooong, looong time about this issue. And of course I don’t mean that just because someone is on unemployment means they are a literal “slacker.” But it is a fact that NEW YORK STATE TAXPAYERS CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE EXPENSIVE, BLOATED GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES.

      When it comes to jobs and losing them, we know something about that. So I can understand that. And not ALL state workers are chaff, DUH! But it is a fact that NEW YORK STATE TAXPAYERS CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE EXPENSIVE, BLOATED GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES. Obviously, that means that people are going to lose jobs, people are going to be very unhappy, people are going to lose services… But it is a fact that NEW YORK STATE TAXPAYERS CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE EXPENSIVE, BLOATED GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES. What shall we do?? Have everybody keep ALLL the jobs and services while the taxpayers are completely impoverished or driven from their homes? Is that what disenfranchised state workers want from us??? There is this prevailing attitude in NY that taxpayers OWE it to the state to honor and serve and pay and pay and pay. What the heck?? And if we DARE complain, we are scathingly rebuked and told to “drop dead.” Sorry, but taxpayers don’t owe you ANYTHING!

      Anyway, my entire point, in case you missed it, is that NEW YORK STATE TAXPAYERS CAN NO LONGER SUSTAIN THE EXPENSIVE, BLOATED GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNMENT MANDATES. How else will the problem be solved?! Money doe not grow on trees!

  2. megscole64 Says:

    Ralph…get a life and find a new job. If you were laid off by the state then by God you probably weren’t needed there in the first place. I wish our state would lay off more state workers. NY isn’t alone in their bloated and unnecessary government.

    I’m with you Rebecca! I got your point.

    Not all State workers are slackers but there are too many that are just there filling space and not contributing anything. I was one way back when – creating busy work just to be “useful”.

    My hubby works for the state but it’s one of the few departments where I think government belongs – law enforcement.

  3. Secondary Roads Says:

    Point made!

    As one great American said, “Government is not the answer to the problem. Government is the problem.”