Andrew Cuomo and the Estranged Left

cuomo2Andrew Cuomo, today being re-elected Governor of New York, is admired, feared, respected, hated. In his recent book, All Things Possible, Cuomo writes:

At the end of your career, the only thing that matters is the lasting effect of your actions. Otherwise, what’s the point? You have to be willing to incur opposition if you actually want to get something meaningful done. All the difficult issues are controversial, by definition. But that’s the point of public service and what separates the statesmen from the journeymen in my opinion.

There is no reason to believe this is just idle rhetoric from a future presidential candidate. Coming in the context of eulogizing the political career of a Westchester County executive who helped him early in his career, this statement both reflects and attempts to justify Cuomo’s well-known ruthlessness. And hey, what’s wrong with being ruthless when it’s the only way to get the job done (especially in Albany)? “Be realistic—you can’t please everyone on your way to getting shit done.” That seems to be the motif of All Things Possible and the motto that drives Cuomo’s career. Keep reading →

Policy Without Politics

windfarmBack to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Recovery by Bill Clinton. Knopf, 2011. 196 pp.

In a November 2011 interview, Bill Clinton declared that the midterm election one year prior was “devoid of fact.” He thus set out to inform Americans how we arrived in our current state of economic distress and political morass. Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government For A Strong Recovery is his succinct and accurate treatment of these issues and a compilation of policy prescriptions to – as the book clearly hammers home – “get America back in the future business.” Keep reading →