The Mixed Messages We, The People, Send To Albany
If the NYS Legislature is characterized by dysfunction, without direction, and lost in a continuous loop of doing the same things, over and over, with identical result, what does that say about John Q. Public?
We ask our State Legislators not to spend. Then we lambast them when they withhold money from our schools, our hospitals, our municipal services.
We ask our State Legislators to make cuts. Then we decry the cuts they make to programs near and dear, like our parks, environmental protection, and state aid to education.
We ask our State Legislators not to tax the middle class, a $12 billion hole in the coffers notwithstanding. Then we scoff at the likes of a millionaire's tax, a soda tax, and increased license plate fees as means of raising revenue and closing the gap.
Could it be that its not them, but us? Are We, The People, sending mixed messages to Albany? Do they really know what we want? Do we?
Before the folks in Albany can get their house in order, if such a thing is possible, we have to be focused, in both thought and articulation, abundantly clear in exactly what our goals and game plans are.
Sending the players onto the field, without direction, game after game, year after year, just doesn't seem to be working out for us.
True. We can, and in many instances, should change those players. That we can do. Until we change mindsets, harness expectations, and deliver a clear, concise message to Albany, however, don't expect anything to change, regardless of which party, or which individual, occupies that Senate or Assembly seat or, for that matter, the Governor's chair.
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The Continuous Loop of New York Government. . .