Three Point Two Billion Dollar Deficit [UPDATED]

24 Nov

That’s what our alleged legislature in Albany is arguing about.  How to cut $3.2 billion from a bloated budget using an out-of-control, petulant adolescent of a legislature.  They all hate each other, says Fred Dicker in the New York Post.  Who needs Republican opposition when the Democrats run the state, and they hate each others’ guts?

I saw someone write a blog post somewhere about receiving a piece of literature from Assemblyman Mike Jim Hayes, a Williamsville Republican, and in it he patted himself on the back for fighting the Democrats and their free-spending, high-taxing ways.  That’s all well and good, and to be expected from an Albany politician, because Albany is all about facile, lowest-common-denominator politics.

Consider the fact that Washington is resembling Albany more and more each day.  Fucking douche chills, right?

The blog post I can’t find and therefore can’t link to (I thought it was Burton’s Briefs, but I don’t see it there), went on to become an open letter to Assemblyman Hayes, and therefore by extension all Albany politicians.  Don’t send us lit telling us how you’re fighting Shelly Silver tooth and nail.  Don’t tell us you’re halting the Democrats in their socialist tracks.  The state budget crisis is very palpable and real, and now is the time for Albany politicians to start acting like fucking grownups.

Sorry, let me rephrase that.

It’s time for Albany politicians to snap out of it and stop acting like Albany politicians, and start acting instead like intelligent adults (to the extent possible) and reach across the aisle, and find some common ground to reduce the size, cost, and scope of state government.  $3.2 billion is just 2009’s problem.  It’s believed that next year’s problem will be three times that amount.  We obviously can’t, for instance, force a rapprochement between the state Senate’s African-American caucus and its Latino caucus (the rift, incidentally, that brought about the absolutely imbecilic “coup” attempt”.  We can’t force politicians to stop facilitating casual corruption.  Not now, anyway.

Stuff like this almost-there-authority-reform shows that they know exactly what the problems are, but they don’t have the political will to do everything that’s needed to fix them.

Albany is such a pile of fail that its politicians who have recently made attempts to run for political office in competitive races have failed pretty miserably.  Jim Tedisco and Dede Scozzafava remain in the Assembly, and they were supposed to be sure bets for congressional seats, both.  It’s not just the fact that Albany is no record to run on, but that gerrymandering ensures their easy re-election to their Albany seats over and over again.

So, it’s time to pay attention and start evicting the troublemakers and the cretins.

New Yorkers are like battered spouses.  Albany keeps giving us a shiner, but we always tell the ER that we fell down the stairs, and then take our abuser back. WTF.

UPDATE:  A commenter wonders whether this is “bipartisan” “ire”.  Last I checked, Albany featured failed leadership from both parties, and I’ve never shied away from making the point that everyone is to blame for the pond of tar and shit that Albany has figuratively become.  The reason I used Jim Hayes as an example is that I saw a blog post somewhere that I can’t find that specifically mentioned him by name.  Maybe it was on Speakup.  I have no idea, but that was the genesis of this post.   The use of my Maziarz photo has to do with the fact that (1) Maziarz gets away with the same crap everyone else in Albany gets away with, yet he also gets away with fronting like he’s a reformer; and (2) there’s like three levels of Fail shown in that photo.  I consider it to be a masterpiece.

17 Responses to “Three Point Two Billion Dollar Deficit [UPDATED]”

  1. pirate's code November 24, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Just so we’re clear, you ARE expressing equal opportunity dismay here, BP? Because it should be clear to anyone paying attention that the FAIL that is Albany is both bi-partisan and non-partisan. Sure, it is unseemly and self-serving for Hayes (I thought his name was Jim, but…) to send lit saying how he is fighting Shelly. Is it an less unseemly for, say, Stachowski, to sponsor more than 60 member items this year totaling about $4 million? (Source: And showing up with the big cardboard check for the photo op for most of them?

    (I mean to cast no aspersion to any of the recipient organizations. I’m sure they are all great organizations that do wonders in the community and will tell us — at some length — just how much they need the money and what a swell person Senator or Assemblyperson X is for sponsoring it.)

    I hope your ire with Hayes is as randam as mine is toward Stachowski. In NY, there is no monopoly on FAIL.

  2. Chris Smith November 24, 2009 at 9:03 am #

    and pirate’s code demonstrates exactly how to miss a point…

    • pirate's code November 24, 2009 at 9:42 am #

      Did I, Chris? I get the whole “start evicting the troublemakers and get the cretins out” meme. But it appears the only troublemakers and cretins identified either by name or photo in this particular post were of one political persuasion. Is the “Albany FAIL” message somehow less persuasive if the snark is equal opportunity?

      • Alan Bedenko November 24, 2009 at 10:25 am #

        Which Democratic Assemblyman or State Senator is representing me, exactly? I could have gone after Ranzenhofer or Corwin, if you’d have preferred that, but I went for Maziarz and Hayes because they occurred to me. If you’ve received similar lit from a Democratic Albany lawmaker, by all means bring it to my attention. If you’ve heard a democratic lawmaker argue that he’s all about being the solution and everyone else is the problem, then please bring it up. Chris is right that you’re picking nits and missing the point.

  3. Christopher Smith November 24, 2009 at 10:21 am #

    In response to a “forget partisanship, fix the problem post”, you’re first thought was, “Oh Ay, the problem is not just Republicans or not just Democrats, spread the blame around equally.”

    To which my response (still) is, “Yeah, you’re kinda missing the point”

    Who the fuck cares whose FAULT it is? Just fix it.

    • pirate's code November 24, 2009 at 11:08 am #

      We should all care about who is at fault if we are to follow the “get the cretins out” battle cry. Failure to care about who is at fault is at least part of the reason why so many incumbents remain incumbents, isn’t it? How can we “just fix it” if the same nitwits sit in Albany year after year after year?
      Just yesterday I attended a press conference in Niagara Falls for the reopening of a silicon plant. I listened to no less than seven speeches, including three by state level elected officials who tripped over themselves to get in front of cameras to remind us that they are the solution, not the problem — followed by speeches from state level appointed officials who confirmed that those three are the solution, not the problem. Yet, anybody behind the scenes with an ounce of courage will tell you that Francine and Antoine didn’t have fuck-all to do with getting that project completed. So, that may not qualify as “lit” to meet BP’s qualifying test, but it still ranks pretty high on the hubris meter, I think.

      So, I get the point. Did I pick a nit? Probably. But I do care about who is at fault. So should you, especially come election time.

      • Alan Bedenko November 24, 2009 at 11:12 am #

        I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a kind word to have been written about either Antoine Thompson or Francine DelMonte anywhere on this site. In fact, I’ve already stated repeatedly that the very body that Antoine belongs to is a useless anachronism, and DelMonte is just another follower. Neither one is the solution to any problem.

      • pirate's code November 24, 2009 at 11:17 am #


  4. Mike In WNY November 24, 2009 at 12:56 pm #

    Bi-partisanship is a problem in so far that it is symptomatic of a failed 2 party system interested only in maintaining power. Fixing “it” requires fixing the system.

  5. Ward November 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm #

    Alan, you can put “bipartisan” lipstick on this pig all you want. The fact remains that, in this worst fiscal year ever, all of the “three men in a room” are Democrats–for the first time in decades. You folks own this one more than ever, and the bed has been shit worse than ever.

    • Alan Bedenko November 24, 2009 at 1:27 pm #

      Yes, the state was such a well-oiled machine under the watchful eye of the Pataki-Bruno-Silver regime, late budgets and all. Give me a break.

      • Ward November 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm #

        I did real well in grammar school reading, and I’m damned if I can find such an effusive compliment for the Repubs in my post. But you’re the Pundit–I guess you know best.
        Pete–when a Lefty decries bipartisan failure, you know the Dems have really screwed up. N’est ce pas?

  6. Byron November 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm #

    Rebmann at school.

    • Jon Splett November 24, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

      Hey now, the ‘the two party system doesn’t work’ cliche is the one that he’s actually right about.

      Even a broken clock is right twice a day.

  7. Pete at BuffaloStuff November 24, 2009 at 1:30 pm #

    @Ward – wrong. This mess is the culmination of years of mismanagement, and for most of those years it was Patacki and Skelos and whoever preceeded Skelos. This problem isn’t 11 months in the making, and ties into the VERY LARGE federal problem that was equally created by Dems and Republicans alike under the lead of Bush Cheney … who, by the way, had Congressional majorites for 6 of the 8 years they were in the White House.

    While I am not at all pleased with the way things are going on the state AND federal level…it is a bipartisan fail. The GOP is just as much to blame on both state and federal level.

  8. Hank November 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm #

    Pete–How young are you, anyway? Or does your memory only go back to the middle of the Clinton Administration? You must realize that the decline of NYS didn’t begin under Pataki, thought that would make good Democrat Gravy, The decline began at the end of Rockefeller’s last term, and continued under the watchful eyes of Hugh Carey and Mario Cuomo. There’s plenty of blame to go around. Let’s talk about the bleeding away of jobs and increasing of taxes and the size of state governemnt under the wonderful “BOOM” years under Carey and Cuomo?

    Nah, that doesn’t fit with your toothpick wide view of the events.

  9. tom November 24, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Why cast your ire with Assembly Republicans? First off, the have 40 of 110 members. To castigate Jim Hayes as a part of the problem is rather silly. As far as the mail goes, you should try reading it, because I did, and Assembly Republicans have some great ideas. They had a deficit reduction plan 6 weeks ago. They are pushing for a Constitutional Convention, they led the charge against the license plate fiasco. Try to draw your ire on Schimminger and DelMonte and Hoyt and Gabryzak, who live in western NY, but whose votes are controlled by Sheldon Silver, instead of the people who have good ideas.

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