One day to go and the Governor is no longer talking in Custer-like terms about his September 1st imposition of the tax on cigarettes shipped to Indian reservations for resale.
That's a switch from a couple days ago when Governor Paterson said State Police had warned him blood would flow over the thorny issue of shaking down cigarette customers for $4.35 a pack both on and off the "res".
The Governor accused the Indians of destroying the Upstate economy as well.
For their part, the Indians have been more temperate in their rhetoric.
As some of our commentors have pointed out, tensions over this issue provide some opportunity for overtime by State Police who will be charged with enforcement of the tax edicts.....Let's just hope nobody uses the issue to produce violence.
Cancel the uprising - Paterson not expecting a violent reaction to cigarette tax collections