30 June 2017

It's Like Asking for Mercy as an Orphan after Murdering Your Parents

In examining the much ballyhooed "rescue" of the New York City subway by Governor Andrew Cuomo, people are noting that his complete hostility to mass transit, particularly his hostility to the subway, created this mess in the first place:
The New York City subway system, by far the largest and best public transit system in the United States, has reached a crisis level of dysfunction over the past few months, with serious congestion, delays, and a recent derailment in Harlem that injured 34 passengers. In a delayed response, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) declared a "state of emergency" on Thursday and ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to produce a reorganization plan to fix the problem.

Don't fall for his shtick.

Cuomo has been directly responsible for the subway for over six years. It has been obvious since he took power that something like this would happen and he's done nothing but make it worse. The crisis is a clear result of his incompetence, his abysmal politics, and his odious personality.

I've seen commentary in the same vein from The New Republic, the Village Voice, and on the cover of the New York Daily News (sorry, no link, I saw it on a news stand), so I think the upside to all of this is that I don't think that Cuomo will be able to run for President in 2020 as the savior of the system.

Instead, he will have to defend the fact that he broke them in the first place.


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