Jimmy, I’m writing this letter to you as I believe you to be the most glaring example of the hideous and dysfunctional Albany press corps.
Do you really believe there was a $10 billion budget deficit last year? Hello! ! ! Jimmy. Are you paying attention? Did you ever see a line item summary of Cuomo’s budget deficit or how it was resolved? Of course not. You’re too shallow for that type of analyses. You trust Andy & Co. a/k/a the Albany establishment. Why would they deceive the people? After all, there is total transparency in Cuomo’s administration, isn’t there?
Jimmy, you are incapable of analytical thought and nevertheless trying to wear adult shoes. You feel smug with your liberal Albany press corps delinquents spewing out Cuomo/Silver-speak to a frustrated and bewildered citizenry who are trying to understand why the wonks in Albany protect the status quo and fail to attend to their needs.
Andy & Co. dictate what and when you report and, like a bunch of kids waiting for ice-cream, you and your peers sit around and wait for them to define the issues and what you should say about those issues.
As Ezra Stone so aptly put it in “Boss,” “The landscape won’t change.” Men like Andy & Co. never leave. The system is not designed to cleanse itself of the Cuomos, Silvers and Skelos’. They give an illusion of acrimony but their interests align. They work together managing our government and dispensing gratuities for their own ends and those of the special interests who pay for them to stay in office. They’re entrenched and symbiotic. They survive. They hold on to power beyond when they should and in so doing bring waste, corruption and graft to everything while they remain. They want to keep things just ticking along. They fear upheaval and disruption but here in New York they have no fear of its weak liberal press corps that they have spent years nurturing.
You are not journalists serving the best interests of the people as you may have dreamed in college. You are failed products of the Albany establishment. You wanted so badly to be part of the Albany press corps that you surrendered your integrity and sense of decency.
Occasionally you wonder why Joe and Josephine citizen don’t trust you. That’s easy. You were chosen for the job not for ability, independence, intellectual honesty or integrity but because you obviously can be controlled and you don’t have the intestinal fortitude to make waves. Your lack of self-esteem and self-confidence is written all over your face.
Your bosses knew they would never make the big time so they chose to buy into the establishment agenda and take the low, easy road. No heavy lifting, and, God forbid, don’t shake things up and make any waves or you won’t be invited to any parties and you won’t get occasional scoops. They, like you, sold their souls to the devil.
Nobody really gave a hoot about gay marriage. Couldn’t you hear the sucking sound in March and April. Cuomo wired up the inane issue with Skelos and Silver to distract the people from the more critical issues that they did not want to address like real Medicaid reform to get at the fraud, waste and abuse; tort, malpractice and workers compensation reform which would dramatically reduce health and other insurance costs and actually lowering regulation, the cost of state government and taxes to create and retain real jobs.
The establishment needed the distraction to create the illusion of change and you gave it to them. The session ended “not with a bang but with a whimper.” Andy & Co. did absolutely nothing to change the status quo and you proclaimed it a hallmark, successful session. You set the bar at ankle level and gave them the illusion they so badly needed. They played you like a violin. You helped them give the people a jolt of hope. It lets them believe in the possibility of things.
This week Andy & Co. “adjusted” income taxes so we can all now share in subsidizing the corrupt and dysfunctional MTA, instead of taking it to the woodshed for a beating. They will spend billions to “rebuild our infrastructure” which is a ruse to pay back the trade unions that supported their elections.
The parasitic and useless political class is alive and well. In fact Andy & Co. created more jobs for their cronies in ten regional economic development councils filled with political suits who have trouble spelling the words “economic development.” They even gave State workers a 5 year “no layoff” covenant which directly conflicts with their promise (we knew it was hallow) to right size government. No comment by the press.
Andy & Co. have done nothing to retain or create new and real private sector jobs or create an atmosphere for business expansion. He’s a socialistic progressive elitist and always has been. A zebra cannot change its stripes. Cuomo’s obsession to become President will continue to deny the people of New York any future opportunity for their families.
Andy & Co. can’t stop feeding at the public trough. They benefit from the chaos of the status quo in their quest to build a permanent majority composed of our socialistic governmental and trade union sympathizers and the poor entitlement class.
New York has the highest cost of government and the highest taxes per capita in the world. Our vibrant youth are leaving for greener pastures in droves. Producers are really asking “Who is John Galt?”
I sent the letter to Liz Benjamin (a copy is attached) because I wanted to believe that she was better than that. I copied the entire press world as I will do with this letter because it is full of Benjamins and Vielkinds and maybe others will learn from it.
New Yorkers don’t have anything left to believe in. They have so many problems to deal with, all of which emanate from the systemic corruption of Albany and a shallow and complicit press corps. which helps defend the status quo.
You are on the down slope now Jimmy. As more and more people experience your lack of integrity and journalistic ethic you’ll get more isolated and then you’ll be alone.
Some like the Dickers of the world, will walk between the raindrops and nest on the hill for a while but only for a while. Eventually the eagle will come to evict him from his perch and send the planarian crawling back under the rock he crawled out from.
You have little talent and a great fear of the world. You should find yourself a nice job in a quiet place. Maybe you should do some landscaping, cut the grass, trim the bushes. You’re not capable of seeking truth. It’s sad. I really liked you when I first met you.
Don’t try to communicate with me again. This missive will go out to 45,364 of the millions of New Yorkers for whom you and your paper have no regard.
Very truly yours,
Carl P. Paladino