In attempting to defend his offering gobs of financial incentives to woo Amazon to New York, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo had some harsh words for … well, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“It’s not a level playing field to begin with,” Cuomo said of the business environment he himself created. “All things being equal, if we do nothing, they’re [Amazon] going to Texas.” [Hat tip The New York Times]
You know, I’ve heard of governors who toss their predecessors under the bus for bad state policy.
But this is the first time I’ve witnessed a governor throw himself under the bus.
This might come as a shock to him, but NY Governor Andrew Cuomo has been governor since 2011. And this “un-level” playing field he’s bitching about?
Yeah, he’s the one who built it.
How utterly lacking in self-awareness must you be to throw yourself under the bus in order to defend your lucrative tax giveaways to a multi-billion-dollar corporation?
Now, to be fair, Andrew Cuomo’s default position is to throw others under the bus.
Nothing is ever his fault.
But still, this is a new one.
”It’s not my fault! It’s …. MY fault!”
I guess when you go around tossing folks under the bus, it’s only a matter of time before there’s nobody else to toss and you gotta take the bullet and toss yourself.
But it will never occur to Andrew Cuomo to create the kind of business-friendly climate that leads companies to choose a place like Texas over New York.
Instead, he whines about the very climate he created as if he had nothing to do with it and can’t do a thing to change it.
Gov @cuomoNY on why Amazon needed incentives: “It’s not a level playing field to begin with. All things being equal, if we do nothing, they’re going to Texas.”
Yes, exactly. Create a better business environment for ALL (ie Texas), and your economy flourishes.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) November 17, 2018
I’ve been saying for years that New York State has the potential of being the Texas of the Northeast.
The only thing standing in our way is the very idiot who’s complaining that businesses would rather go to Texas.
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