Mark Poloncarz doesn’t have anything to do like carry out the duties of a county executive, so he may as well be useless at a ceremony rewarding a national executive for failure. Surprisingly, Barack Obama’s most embarrassing fan boy isn’t a barista or windmill builder: he also holds elected office and coincidentally shares the same daft goals. The lower leader’s fiefdom may be small, so he strives to ensure it’s doubly screwed.
Clowns can’t miss the circus, which explains why Poloncarz piled into a vehicle and headed away from where he’s supposed to work. The head of Erie County’s government somehow scored a seat to the inauguration of a leader with an identical taste for woeful policies, only on a broader scale.
The only consolation on Inauguration Day was getting to chuckle at the mortifying Twitter feed of a rabid Obamanaut in attendance. Even he admits the coolness has chilled:
The place to be tonight is DC. Not the same excitement as 4 years ago but it is definitely hoping in anticipation for tomorrow’s inaugural.
The Bills didn’t make the playoffs, but that last home game was fun, right? Unlike with Erie County’s finances, he’s efficient at telling stories. Poloncarz managed to brag about a spot adjacent to the embodiment of pointless liberal overreach while whining about the most emblematic First World Problem in just two sentences:
Sitting next to Lilly Ledbetter in very nice seats. No real service.
Name-dropping someone obscure outside progressive circles is nothing compared to the most ingenuous description possible of Obama’s dangerously naïve and wholly unworkable beliefs:
Wonderful speech from our president touching on many issues, including climate change, equal rights for all and gun control #2013inaugural
Did the county executive drive or fly to Washington? Unless he took a scooter, a greenhouse gas-emitting engine got him there. Some of us care about our carbon footprint enough to have stayed home for the inauguration. But Poloncarz doesn’t care about Mother Gaia enough to watch from home with ordinary people.
Ignoring his own contribution to what he perceives as changing the climate is only part of how he flaunted his extraordinary gullibility. Calling for equal rights is banal if you mean it and dangerous if you actually seek to extend special privileges to certain preferred segments of society.
Fiddling with the definition of marriage is apparently the great civil rights struggle of our time. In this era, equality means we all have the same chance to be poor.
The one group against which both speaker and listener want to discriminate are law-abiding firearms owners. Gun control is a chance to blame evil on implements while extending even more control over non-felons.
Even fans noted the speech was notably partisan, and everyone outside of the true believers’ bubble recognized Obama’s antagonistically petty tone. You don’t want to be trapped in that atmosphere. With the president swerving even more to the left, note an example of fascinatingly unpalatable tongue-wagging unsuitable for a One Direction concert:
Photo of President Obama giving his inaugural address from my seats. A strong adddress on his hope for our future. pic.twitter.com/K3Nqj7aq
As in Erie County, America runs well under progressive policies as long as they’re only discussed. Unfortunately for the snotty theorists, they fail spectacularly once they’re in action. But pointing out countless policy failures won’t dissuade Poloncarz; after all, he was important enough to warrant a prominent inaugural seat. The answer to why he deserved the honor is as obvious as examples of how Obama has decreased the debt.
The top executive and one who’s two levels lower both embrace rhetoric suitable for a liberal college freshman majoring in political science. Even then, such respective blather and worship would be unbecoming for stridently earnest undergrads who can’t buy beer. A 45-year-old regional manager should start acting with dignity and cutting payroll instead of adulating the CEO.
At least get excited about someone good. Instead, Poloncarz wastes acclaim on a president who flaunted even more tiresome ideas that have already been constantly shown to not work, particularly over his previous term.
Getting excited about trying them for twice is long would be like calling for the Sabres to re-acquire the listlessly frail Tim Connolly. We’re sorry you bought his jersey, but concede it’s obsolete, already.
The obliviously pitiful praising by the Poloncarz zombie can’t distract from how he should be doing his job in Erie County. On second thought, he should stay in the nation’s capital for as long as he’d like. As with Obama and his jurisdiction, Poloncarz does the most for the area when he’s doing the least. Hopefully, both will putz around through their terms instead of trying to enact any more of their noxious hopes.
New York State is where those who obey laws are treated like criminals. Letting the virtuous fire back against the wicked might be messy and create liability issues. Instead, it’s easier to treat the good guys like they misbehaved for the crime of firing 10 rounds at the range without a magazine change. Decent citizens are easier to arrest.
Il Duce Andrew Cuomo could stand to be less smugly sanctimonious about taking away rights in a manner both onerously tyrannical and astoundingly petty. He hasn’t once answered how hassling people who behave will make us safer. But New York’s new gun crimes will make liberals feel like they’ve done something, which is always what’s most important.
Toying with gun control enthusiasts would be fun if their intentions weren’t so disturbing. Ask them to define the inherently inflammatory term “assault weapon” without letting them copy and paste the same Googled answer they always use. And try to suppress giggles when they use “clips” as a synonym for “magazines;” don’t correct them, as it’s an easy way to spot who’s ignorant.
Further, try to get them to understand that one must pull the trigger every time one wants to fire a semiautomatic firearm. They’ll reply that murderers use military-style assault weapons all the time, which gives you an excuse to give up and go for a cocktail instead of attempting to explain why “gun-free zones” enable more mass murderers than the availability of commonly-owned firearms that look scary to people who know precisely nothing about them.
Treat yourself to another stiff drink when you realize how the Empire State has found a way to be even more invasive to those who exercise Second Amendment rights. For one, a private transaction of daring to sell a rifle on your own now needs a background check; if you wanted to avoid being viewed as a felon, you shouldn’t have armed yourself.
Similarly egregious is banning magazines that hold more than seven rounds as if the holder was killing people. The restriction is a pain in the ass at the range and a pain in the hopes to keep living for those defending homes against intruders. Meanwhile, villains will acquire or make the magazines they need in cunning disregard of the law.
You don’t have time to worry about whether seven shots is enough to stop a drugged-out invader or pair of burglars: you have magazines to ditch. People who have never had parking tickets may have to sell their private property to lucky gun owners in less restrictive states. Criminals are undoubtedly worried about possessing items prohibited by statute and will cancel scheduled robberies as a result.
The good and bad news is that Kid Cuomo’s dark dreams were not completely fulfilled. His fascist lust to repossess your firearms as represented by his frighteningly doltish admission that “confiscation could be an option” explains why gun owners are rightfully paranoid.
The only reason he didn’t try to break down your door to get your gun safe is his desperation to make cultural cake authority Sandra Lee America’s unmarried First Lady. But he’s welcome to try to come and take it if he thinks tracking down and taking guns from Americans who haven’t committed crimes makes for good presidential campaign optics.
Of course, any reasonable nation would have already disqualified Cuomo from consideration for feeding one’s fish while on vacation, much less the presidency, so we’ll see if America still retains any remnants of that. His side thinks the best response to an atrocity is capriciously making people who aren’t bothering anyone into law-breakers.
Nothing makes us safer like a knee-jerk reaction to evil, especially when it’s signed into law faster than a kidney gets transplanted. It was surely hasty oversight which effectively made some rifles unusable, right?
More of what hasn’t worked is bound to start working. Just like the next state tax hike will push New York over the top into affluence, this next batch of firearms limitations is going to be the one to put muggers out of business. That’s at least what budding assailants want you to believe.
As New York’s politicians continually prove, you don’t need principles or results when you have votes. Blaming guns for crime is like claiming alcoholism is caused by shot glasses, and that’s not going to stop this state’s ruling goons from continuing to demonize those who like to hunt or be in fair gunfights started by nefarious parties.
It’s not like our governor to be completely wrong about something. Cuomo will do for safety what he did for affordable housing as HUD secretary. And the state’s economy will improve right after he gets around to helping Sandy victims. The hurricane was caused by the internal combustion engine, anyway, just like it will be someone else’s fault when crime actually increases after the law’s ominous effects are felt. Get ready for him to vilify the NRA even if just to stay in practice.
Mini Mario’s allies will humbly keep referring to themselves as courageous, a curious adjective for those criminalizing the innocent. And there’s nothing brave about letting the actions of lone human demons define us.
The most frightening response to atrocity is believing that evil is a mechanical act that can be legislated away. Cuomo and company keep forgetting to condemn the murderers. Such reckless people clearly don’t want to establish a standard of personal responsibility.
Dang, we shouldn’t have let the ice melt. Still, it’s finally the most joyous time of year: hockey’s back, and just a few months late. Your fix was delayed by owners trying to keep some of their group from making the rest look bad.
The previous salary limits apparently weren’t limiting enough, which is why the new pact reduces the cap next year and the revenue percentage players receive. It’s not like the other side earns it: those who play don’t do anything but put the hockey in the National Hockey League.
But at least Buffalo teams have been aided by salary caps, like when Chris Drury and Danny Briere left the Sabres on the same day for New York City and Philadelphia, respectively. As for the squad that only plays on frozen ground, the big-market Buffalo Bills have missed the playoffs 13 straight times while little guys like the New York Giants won two more Super Bowls in the same time frame. Um. Good luck to those who argue that results would have been worse for Western New York’s teams without a price ceiling.
Limiting free negotiation of salaries is like the stimulus: it works as long as you’re only talking about it. When it fails to control normal human behavior in practice, it’s just because there must be even more rules. Just like another trillion in taxes and/or debt will spur prosperity, another restriction on how much one can be rewarded for putting pucks into a net or preventing same act is totally going to keep costs reasonable and the losers from whining.
There’s a particular little-city hockey proprietor who deep down wishes he was permitted to out-frack other franchises. Energy baron and Sabres owner Terry Pegula can’t spend more on talent thanks to the cap, as being allowed to do so would show why dedicated ownership trumps an area’s population as the key factor in a team’s destiny.
Buying vast amounts of production is somehow to be discouraged. At the same time, excessively lavish contracts are their own punishment: try trading a slob making seven figures more per season than he’s worth if you’d like to learn why money can’t fix everything. Instead, the cap lets teams like the Rangers attract stars for less than they’d pay on the open market, so thank the labor deal for slashing New York’s payroll. Either way, the present system does not tolerate attempts to thoroughly reward success while pursuing a championship.
The local rag won’t help: now that hockey’s back, expect more unintentionally amusing Buffalo News screeds pushing the notion that the cap has been magical. Talk about a lack of depth: Bucky Gleason and Bob DiCesare spend most of the day trying to untangle their Velcro shoes, Jerry Sullivan is Grumpy Cat without the charm, Mike Harrington wonders why he’s ranked so low without ever thinking it’s his work, the annoying nature of John Vogl’s output is mitigated by how forgettable it is, Tim Graham is only ever correct by coincidence, and Amy Moritz is a feminist disguised as a lousy reporter. Other than that, it’s a talented roster.
Even if they personally agreed with hockey’s labor restrictions, one would think they’d want to challenge the owners and league as journalists. But that would presume they’re good at their jobs, so forget it. Buffalo News staffers are opposed to rewarding talent for personal reasons.
It never occurs to capping fans to make the small market big. They don’t even seem to conceive it’s possible that Buffalo could grow, in part because it would mean challenging their inherently faulty economic assumptions. But there’s no reason for the City of Hockey to keep shrinking. Reversing the decline just requires electing coaches at the city, county, and state levels who let us play.
Even now, it’s baffling to set a league of uninspiring teams as a goal. Salary cap proponents have a tough time explaining why parity is good without resorting to a juvenile sense that it’s not fair if someone else gets two of something if you only have one. Imposed mediocrity is what competition is all about, right?
Or perhaps weighing down the strong is not a good standard for a hockey team or city. Fans put up with a tremendous amount to enjoy sports, from public money for billionaire owners to cheering for Tim Connolly. We can presently only hope owners someday learn to limit salaries by not handing out ridiculous ones, not to mention how getting one’s hands on the Stanley Cup is worth the price.
Hockey will remain the best thing ever despite Gary Bettman’s attempts to turn frozen gold into warm mud. The lame lockout and deal offer a reminder that nothing is perfect, at least until the puck drops.
If you’ve ever seen a Bills game, chances are they lost: they’re 56 games under .500.
This was the Bills’ 53rd season. They’ve had winning records in 21 of them.
Twenty-two of 32 teams have made the playoffs over the last four seasons, in case the Bills missing 13 straight times didn’t seem ridiculous enough.
The Bills’ present playoff drought has lasted for nearly one-quarter of the team’s existence.
The last playoff appearance for the Bills was one week after Y2K. At least one predicted disaster came true.
The last playoff win for the Bills came on December 30, 1995 during Bill Clinton’s first term. There have been 5 presidential elections since then.
Three good quarterbacks. Three good coaches. 53 seasons.
Back-to-back AFL championships; O.J.; back-to-back playoffs in 80/81; Super Bowl appearances; OK in late ’90s. That’s it for the Bills.
Thank heavens for the salary cap and revenue sharing; otherwise, small-market teams like the Bills might miss the playoffs 13 straight times.
The Bills suck. And it costs you. The $95 million of public money to fix a private team’s stadium in the new lease deal will help the area just like this squad helps the game of football. The Bills get millions from the government to fund losing football, but at least it actually hurts the economy to help their billionaire owner.
Through handouts, the Bills have found a way to remain profitable without winning. Good for them, unless you’re a fan, taxpayer, or both.
We’ll never recoup the investment. Sinking millions of seized assets into a hole of a stadium will pay off about the same time the stimulus lowers unemployment. Like Bills fans, Keynesians wait forever for nothing.
Spenders of others’ money get their way by assuring us the next redistributive batch will be the one that finally provokes prosperity. They are certain that regular-level earners will never get ahead unless they have money taken from them to subsidize millionaire players and billionaire owners. People who can’t catch a ball for a living will totally come out ahead once they pay high taxes. We can’t let people keep more of what they earn and buy football tickets if they wish.
It’s not as if we lack evidence that government spending on a sports team doesn’t help anyone but the skinflint owner. The endless welfare for the Bills has helped the economy about as much as Chan Gailey has provoked playoff hopes.
There has been exactly zero improvement in Western New York’s financial outlook from the corporate handouts in question, unless one ignores the money taken to allegedly improve stadium-adjacent restaurant business seven days per year. Sadly, our leaders do just that, and enough voters agree that funding another parade will make us rich.
There’s little hope of breaking the abusively dysfunctional relationship where the Bills announce they won’t leave as long as we give them our PIN. Through the new lease sentence, money is simply getting redistributed instead of being given the chance to grow through being spent and invested how those who made it want. If this team is so popular, they don’t need tax receipts.
Patronizing meddlers can keep assuring us that the state will come out ahead after the Bills get a fresh EBT card. The same people said this was the year the team was destined to return to the postseason. They have every bit of evidence in the world except results.
Whine to the next-highest guy: now that’s leadership. The man purportedly in charge can always hope the man in the next-biggest office isn’t quite as incompetent, although there’s always the horror of getting to the top and realize there’s nobody else to lobby.
At least hurricanes leave. By comparison, the suffering inflicted by progressive leaders remains for as long as enough voters think autocracy doesn’t need to mean proficiency. A state that spends an astounding fortune of impounded funds on every frivolous extension of power imaginable didn’t squirrel away enough for its true function. So, the chief panhandler is off to engage in an executive’s most important task, namely making everyone else pay for one area’s prodigal nature:
Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited the White House Monday on the first stop of a D.C. visit seeking federal aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy.
The White House Office of Management and Budget is finalizing a massive request to Congress for emergency federal aid for New York, New Jersey and other East Coast states hit by the storm.
By definition, emergency aid shouldn’t take over a month to arrive. But this government specializes in diluting the dictionary. The unbelievable sum he seeks is just the start:
New York and New Jersey have requested $79 billion for rebuilding and mitigation projects, but the price tag is certain to go higher as other states also assess the damage.
Estimate high: he may as well ask for nine figures. It’s not like it’s his money. For inspiration, a lower-ranking incompetent quasi-tyrant is whining in Washington instead of helping his constituents:
Last week New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a similar round of visits, meeting with top House and Senate appropriators as well as House Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia.
Why doesn’t New York City’s Bonaparte just ban storms? Residents reward absolute fecklessness, then wonder why the state is a disaster area even when storms aren’t landing:
Meanwhile, New York voters gave Gov. Andrew Cuomo high marks for his response to Superstorm Sandy, a poll Monday found.
Sixty-seven percent of voters said Cuomo has done an excellent or good job dealing with the devastating Oct. 29 storm, the Siena College poll said.
Wearing a jacket while surveying damage used to represent leadership. Now, it’s replaced it, and voters have accepted posing as the real deal. Their willingness to settle for the gestures without the actions sadly explains why they agree with him even when he’s outside his usual realm of ignorance:
Residents agreed with Cuomo’s assessment that climate change is real. By a 69-24 percent margin, voters said recent severe storms were a result of climate change. Cuomo has warned that New York, particularly along the coastline, needs to rebuild to take into account the likelihood of future severe storms because of climate change.
Hurricanes are a new phenomenon, of course, spurred by people using air conditioning and blenders. An astounding percentage of suckers concur with nonsensical pronouncements about why natural catastrophes are our fault, a number which presumably doesn’t include those who can’t answer pollsters since they are still without basic services:
Cuomo has received high approval ratings generally in polls by Siena and other polling institutes. A Siena poll last month found Cuomo with a 67 percent approval rating.
During the storm, Cuomo held daily press briefings and toured ravaged communities, including being in lower Manhattan during the height of the storm. He has criticized power companies for their response and has threatened to remove their state licenses if they didn’t respond adequately to customers’ needs.
Yeah, talking to the press and tying up the roads while looking at all the broken crap really helped devastated residents. And Cuomo threatening those he decided didn’t respond properly is from a psychology textbook’s section on projection. Mockers of anyone who is excessively prepared for potential emergencies invariably beg shamelessly when they are exposed as feeble by events.
A state dedicated to governmental infiltration of every bit of your day is missing in action when its actually needed. Cuomo’s supreme impotence is embodied how he needs to make demands from Washington despite what a tax hole Albany remains. There’s bad news if he thinks there’s someone else to bail him out if he, pray for us, makes it to that top office.
Voters backing whichever candidates promise the most junk paid for by said voters can’t ever lead to financial ruin. However, it can provoke crankiness if an otherwise spotlessly efficient government is tardy about handing out goodies. Citizens who have been turned into perpetual adolescents never ask how Dad earns his money as long as they get their allowance on time.
New York’s politicians are ready to cause an economic disaster once they’re done coping with a natural one. The fact they’re still cleaning up after a hurricane a month after it inflicted havoc doesn’t speak well for proficiency in any arena. Sandra Lee’s addled boy toy should develop a plan to clear the rubble left by a pre-Halloween storm by Christmas before trying to develop the economy:
It’s been almost one year since NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo made his highly heralded “Billion to Buffalo” pledge, announcing his commitment of one billion dollars in state incentives toward economic development efforts in Western New York.
Shortly thereafter, Cuomo appointed a Regional Economic Development Council to formulate a working plan to best utilize the incentives the state is poised to offer.
With a name like Regional Economic Development Council, it can’t fail. If you think the government doesn’t always do what it claims it will, then you should call for a law that makes politicians keep promises.
A pinky swear might keep bureaucrats who are outside the realm of accountability from wasting money on stupid silliness. But the panel’s very existence doesn’t bode well, considering the government’s cruelly ironic history of restraining the development of regional economies:
That council, working through Lt. Governor Bob Duffy, had hoped the governor himself would be reviewing the fruits of its labor by now.
However Duffy, during a visit to Buffalo on Monday, said the Governor has been too occupied with the aftermath of super storm Sandy and its devastating impact on the state to turn his full attention to the work of the council, so their unveiling of the first phase of what they have now dubbed “Buffalo Investment Development Plan.”
They have a plan? Well, that changes everything. The government’s real role won’t get in the way of investing money better than the people who earned it could. A decades-long track record of harmful plans just means they got the bad ideas out of the way:
“A lot of great work has been done on that…but in all honesty one of the biggest holdups for the state right now is all the tragedy in New York City and New Jersey with the storm. I think that has really pushed a lot back in terms of how we’ve done business,” Duffy told WGRZ-TV.
“In a crisis like that everything else has to take a back seat,” concurred Empire State Development Regional President Sam Hoyt, whose agency has also been working with the Regional Economic development Council on its plan.
The only thing worse than letting scummy sex machine Hoyt decide how our money is spent is letting a liberal group that lamely attempts to maintain a facade of evenness do so. By coincidence, both spenders are unelected, as New York’s politicians are too lazy to waste what they’ve taken. Outsourcing is only bad if a company does it to stay profitable:
Through consultation with the Brookings Institute, the council has identified industry sectors with the highest potential growth in our region.
These would include, among others, health care and health sciences such as those involved at the Buffalo Niagara Medical campus.
The campus’s benefits appear healthy, but the illness rots from within. Wasters of other people’s money will continue wondering why it’s taken so long for even the faintest signs of a pulse to appear downtown; they’re too busy devising state-level schematics instead of running successful businesses to ascertain the reason.
Companies can’t invest on their own money for some reason, so the area is left trying to get back to zero. Maybe other people will come here and spend us into economic paradise, or at least help us try to break even after even more state spending:
Tourism is another sector in focus by the council, and the plan, according to sources , focuses on taking advantage of our Buffalo’s border status for potential investment by Canadian firms.
Locations that would benefit from tourism apparently can’t fund themselves. Anything that could ever potentially bring greater benefit has to be sponsored by the state. A private business is not to be considered as trustworthy as an oh so efficiently impartial ruling apparatus:
Duffy says the state faces tight fiscal times, but doesn’t think Cuomo will have to back out of any commitments made to Western New York.
Please back out. We’ll forgive the commitment-breaking if it keeps the fragile remnants of a smashed economy intact. Our leaders will naturally turn down a chance to break the routine of counterproductive meddling. They couldn’t reassign funds if they stopped bothering us, and they like to keep busy.
Bleeding wallets dry is the only skill New York’s politicians have. It’s not as if they’re supposed to be good at helping those in immediately genuine need or anything. Like Staten Island, the government has been tremendously paralyzed by a hurricane. The difference is the latter doesn’t have the excuse of massive flooding and gusts topping 100 miles per hour.
Albany has spent a month failing at disaster relief. Now, it would like you to believe it will be proficient at something entirely out of its domain. While billion dollars that remains in taxpayers’ hands sounds less impressive than the governor re-bestowing it, keeping the money in private hands to begin with would actually help. Based on the government’s appalling performance after the hurricane, it’s clear actual help isn’t their concern.