Saturday, December 12, 2015

Those Bumbs...Never Liked Them

    Everybody has walked away from their former leaders. The men who used to control their member item, lulus and school aid.
     Everybody is pledging ethics reform and says the people deserve better.
      You don't get to be leader by being nice and you better know how to deal and how to discipline and reward.
       As leader you are one of three men in a room, essentially running the budget process and by extension the entire state government.
       You are deciding on taxes and spending, and which bills become laws.
        But don't let the power go to your head. Don't get too uppity or full of yourself, and don't think government exists as an extension of your own interests.
       It's a tough combination to find and the respective caucuses have to go along to get along.  It took an ambitious US Attorney to fell Silver and Skelos as the system would never have taken them out.
      I always remember a private reception I was at in Joe Bruno's suite prior to an inauguration. I think it was Spitzer's.
      The Senate Majority Leader was being fawned over by doting staff and  sycophantic members of the caucus. It struck me as especially over the top and after seeing it I understood how Albany works. (I suspect the same scene was playing out down the hall in the Speaker's suite).

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been to Albany enough times to figure out that it doesn't work the way it is supposed to also. The vast majority considers their Constitutional Oath nothing but a joke, to be ignored at will. They could not possibly care less about serving the people. Especially if it means going against the party big shots, because it will cost them dearly if they do.

Anonymous said...

What you say is disgusting but true.
How much of those same concepts apply to being mayor of a small city?
Or to a congresswomen?

I just hope Breet has the courage to take out the governor and AG too.

Anonymous said...

You can bet, 8:19, that all the thugs are checking their records to make sure nothing is provable. Preet is the best thing to happen to NY in a generation. HE would make a great governor.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

My 4-step election reform suggestions: Sorely needed to get and maintain public control - the way it is supposed to be: Government of, by and for the people, not for the rich, not for the powerful, not for the insiders, and not for the power brokers:

#1: Campaign finance reform - paramount to all roads that lead to corruption anyway that is defined.

#2: Easier ballot access to stop "party pickings." Self-evident.

#3: Protection of voting rights - the most critical of all rights.

#4: Make voting easier, more accessible, even over a longer period (say two days) yet legal and logical steps and controls - not the crap we see today that hampers and suppresses the vote.

Anonymous said...

Dann, you're 50% correct. Finance reform, yes. But not for the reasons you would champion. It's a complicated issue, as most of the big money powers here in NY represent teachers, lawyers, SEIU types etc, who always vote your way. Even if rank and file are more balanced in their beliefs, leadership always supports your ilk. Two is a good thought. We DO need to find a way to promote candidates that are not fully owned by a political party. On this, I agree with you all the way. Are you sure, as a party line kinda guy, you have thought this through? Doesn't sound like you at all. Number three, voting rights, is pure BS. People are not blocked from voting, no matter what memo you received from Donkey Central. In fact, the people who were wronged more than any other during the last presidential election were our military. Their absentee votes were blocked. I'm surprised you weren't upset about this. Then again, I'm not. Your final idea is also bunk. We have made all the changes necessary to make voting easy. Your ilk spews this nonsense because you advocate people being able to vote with no ID. We do understand. With all the fraud that took place last time around it only makes sense, to you, to not require ID's. You even want ID to be necessary for people to post here on this blog. At least you've cried about that in the past. But you don't want anyone to present ID to vote. That is strange thinking, even on the golf course.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

5:25 - when a billionaire (Paul Singer) gives $120,000 to our local Rep. (Ms. Stefanik) in Congress ... you don't find that wrong? I damn sure do and always have. That is the I address as #1 ... Rubio now has 4 billionaires in his corner ... figure that one out and report back later.

Imagine that right now less than 200 people have given over 75% of the big money at work to date... that is a very serious concern.

Danny M. Francis (Eyepublius) said...

Anon 5:25 I apologize for being more informed than you ... you probably should turn in that rusty of GED and study a bit harder and try to get ahead in life...

Anonymous said...

Dan, you're not more informed. You more indoctrinated. And to correct you, I have much more formal education than you do. Your's was in education, was it not, per se?