There is an old Viking saying; “Because sometimes it takes a child to raze a village.” Tell the child to put the axe down, and ask her for the matches. When it comes to pillaging we should ask Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York to put down the matches, and the torch he’s trying to light.
New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo charged Republicans Thursday with intentionally crafting their tax bill to target Democratic-leaning states to pay for tax cuts that benefit Republicans.
“This tax provision hits the blue states by eliminating the state and local tax deductibility and uses that money to finance the tax cut in the red states,” Cuomo said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Cuomo said the move to eliminate the state and local tax deduction “put a dagger in the heart of New York and California,” and that the Republicans leading Congress basically said, “Let’s pillage the blue to give to the red.”
“You want to hurt New York? You want to hurt California? They’re the economic engines,” Cuomo said.
The phrase “economic engines” has a Stalinist flair. Perhaps it would have more of a Stalinist flair if Governor Cuomo had called Republicans “economic wreckers.”
The voters of high-tax states that continue to send looters to their governor’s mansion and the state legislatures of California and New York are free to do so. The idea that these two states should ask the other 48 states to subsidize the citizens of their respective states seems odd to me. These states have three choices: they can lower their taxes, they can continue to pillage their own citizens, or they can allow me to vote in their states, while maintaining Arizona residency and voting privileges.
On my last trip to the grocery store I discovered Sobieski vodka, imported from Poland.
John III Sobieski (Polish: Jan III Sobieski; Lithuanian: Jonas III Sobieskis; Latin: Ioannes III Sobiscius; 17 August 1629 – 17 June 1696), was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1674 until his death, and one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Sobieski’s military skill, demonstrated in wars against the Ottoman Empire, contributed to his prowess as King of Poland. Sobieski’s 22-year reign marked a period of the Commonwealth’s stabilization, much needed after the turmoil of the Deluge and the Khmelnytsky Uprising. Popular among his subjects, he was an able military commander, most famous for his victory over the Turks at the 1683 Battle of Vienna. After his victories over them, the Ottomans called him the “Lion of Lechistan“; and the Pope hailed him as the savior of Christendom.
Moslem historians have called Sobieski’s victory the greatest defeat in the history of Islam. Relations between the US and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President of Turkey, have been a bit rough lately. As a gesture of friendship I’m considering sending a case of Sobieski vodka to the the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC.