Iit definitely appears as if Chris Collins is running at least for Lieutenant Governor.
Here’s the problem I have with Collins specifically, but Republicans generally nowadays. For instance, I see nothing at all wrong with this paragraph:
“I would challenge the leaders in Albany: I’ve given you my vision, and I think it’s the right vision. And I’ve shared with you my core values. What are yours? And I get a blank stare. They don’t know what I’m talking about. And I push ‘em and push ‘em and push ‘em and I finally get something: it’s to maintain the status quo. They’re giving up before we even fight the fight. It’s exactly why we’re the highest-taxed state in the nation and the least business-friendly state. And they’re saying if we can stay there, then we’re doing just fine.”
That’s fundamentally and objectively true.
On the other hand, this quip is, to me at least, uncalled-for:
Their core values, he said, are more government and higher taxes, along with “expanding entitlement programs that are rewarding poor decisions. And they sent $200 to every person on welfare for every kid that they have under the age of 18, and our governor said, ‘I hope they buy school supplies.’ It was the best week that Best Buy ever had! The flat screen TVs ran out the door!”
Flat screen TVs for $200? Where’s that, exactly? What’s with all the poor-bashing from Collins? Collins can hit upon the problems with our politics, but he’s still an out-of-touch rich guy who isn’t beneath mocking and insulting the poor. This is exemplified by one simple example:
Chris Collins has been allegedly trying to get Erie County out of doing work it’s not legally mandated to do. So, he’s dropped/ing WIC, day care for the poor, and health clinics. Even though each one of these programs is fully federally funded, the Erie County employees administering them are entitled to certain benefits upon retirement. Collins is saving money in the long run, even though the contemporary savings are negligible, goes the argument.
So, why is it that Chris Collins isn’t also dropping the county’s involvement in county-owned golf courses? I’m not aware of any law that mandates public golf courses, but Collins isn’t about selling them off or otherwise privatizing them because they make money. That’s nice, but aren’t we all about long-term legacy cost savings, rather than contemporary savings? Isn’t this all about halting stuff the county doesn’t need to be doing?
The examples of sloughing off WIC to Catholic Charities while maintaining county golf courses is emblematic of Collins’ fundamental problem. It goes back to an old joke my dad likes to tell – Q: what’s the difference between ignorance and indifference? A: I don’t know, and I don’t care.
Chris Collins doesn’t know and doesn’t care, and this is among the key reasons why I think it’s important to defeat his hand-selected candidates for county office this year, and maintain checks and balances.
“Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” is “Let them eat cake” in its original French version.