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Democrats Rarely Turn on One of Their Own. So Why Cuomo?

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Democrats rarely throw one of their own under the bus, unless they commit a crime so serious it cannot be ignored. And even then, some of the most powerful politicians like Hillary Clinton still escape condemnation. So why are Democrats running like rats off a sinking ship away from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo? Politico ran an article a few days ago entitled, “Is Cuomo Wounded Enough to Take Down?” It would be helpful to know what happened, for future reference when it comes to other politicians on the left that need to go. 

 

Cuomo was recently caught underreporting the number of COVID-19 patients placed by hospitals back into nursing homes by 40 percent. In addition, Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted in a private virtual meeting with state legislators last week that the state hadn’t released its full COVID-19 death count of state nursing home residents last August over fears that Trump would use the information to launch a Department of Justice investigation against Cuomo. Over 15,000 have died, nearly double the 8,500 previously cited by state officials.

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The DOJ and FBI have opened an investigation. There are calls from leading Democrats for Cuomo’s impeachment or resignation. A poll found that 40 percent of New Yorkers want to recall him (but there is no provision in law to do so). There are no term limits on governors in New York. A February 12 statement issued by 14 Democratic New York state senators proposed that Cuomo be stripped of his pandemic-related executive powers. The New York Assembly is now considering a proposal to strip Cuomo of his pandemic-related executive powers. 

 

Democratic Assembly Member Ron Kim said Cuomo called his home and threatened to destroy his career if he didn’t issue a statement supporting his handling of COVID-19 in nursing homes. Instead Kim went public about the threat. Kim lost a family member to COVID-19 last year in a nursing home. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio slammed Cuomo on MSNBC over his treatment of Kim. “It’s a sad thing to say, but that’s classic Andrew Cuomo. A lot of people in New York State have received those phone calls. The bullying is nothing new.” Democratic State Sen. Alessandra Biaggi also denounced him, “Gov. Cuomo’s statements today about Assembly member Kim are part of a disturbing pattern of behavior from the governor.” She linked it to “a disturbing rise in anti-Asian racism and violence in our state and across the country.” New York City Council Member Robert Holden, a Democrat, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to criticize Cuomo, saying he should be investigated. 

 

What’s happening is the Democrats’ self-serving, unprincipled and special interest policies are finally butting heads with each other. Without an overarching philosophy that keeps everyone consistent and on the same page, such as the Republicans’ principles of freedom and individualism, the Democrats are always in danger of imploding. Most of the time, however, their hatred of the right unites them enough to stick together. Cuomo is such a disagreeable person he made things worse. The actress Cynthia Nixon, who unsuccessfully ran against Cuomo for governor in 2018, said that Cuomo is “notoriously vindictive.” In New York politics, there is a tendency to pile on when someone becomes persona non grata. Politics there are brutal. 

 

Much of the falling out is because Cuomo butted heads with other prominent Democrats over how to handle COVID-19. Around 43,000 people have died in New York, more than in any other state.   Nine top New York health officials quit instead of trying to deal with him. Much of that has been over his insistence on deciding how the vaccine distribution would be rolled out. Cuomo refused to let the feds work with individual cities, wanting top-down control. This worsened an already rocky relationship with De Blasio. Cuomo designated the Greater New York Hospital Association as a regional vaccination hub instead of the city’s 6,000-person Health Department. He blamed local authorities and public hospitals in New York City for the slow rollout. It all came down to petty power struggles. The Democrats want big government everywhere, and that mentality is doomed to clash when big state government claims to know best and big city government claims to know best.   

 

The Brooklyn branch of the DOJ is investigating Cuomo, and since that office runs in the same circles as prominent New York Democrats, no doubt the investigation was prompted by powerful interests who have had enough of the power struggles with Cuomo. The investigation may go nowhere and Cuomo may come out relatively unscathed. But it serves as a lesson for the right on how we can make inroads into blue areas; an implosion on the left over its contradictory positions may leave a power vacuum, allowing someone on the right to take over that office.  

 

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Rachel Alexander is a conservative political writer and pundit. She is the editor of Intellectual Conservative and a recovering attorney. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2019.



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Sowing the Wind and Reaping the Whirlwind: California and its Epic Wildfires

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Like the 2018 Camp Fire, California’s Dixie Fire is epic. It has burned more than 220,000 acres and at least 40 structures. It’s the largest conflagration since the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise. Sadly, California wildfires are becoming as common as Florida hurricanes. Why is this happening and who’s to blame? In a word, California.

By mismanaging its forests and water sources and enabling a power provider to place profits over people, the Golden State has sown the wind and is reaping the whirlwind.

Why is every California fire season scarier and more destructive than the last? The reasons can be boiled down to these:

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  1. Decades of forest mismanagement caused by environmentalists shaping policy
  2. Co-opted Northern California watersheds and water supply diversion
  3. Hotter temperatures and historic drought conditions caused by climate change
  4. Failing PG&E infrastructure
Forest mismanagement

We live five miles from the southeastern edge of the Dixie Fire. Our little mountain town of Quincy is under an evacuation warning. Many of our fellow residents live in areas of mandatory evacuation and some have lost their homes. Local firefighters and forest experts have known for years this was inevitable.

It’s common sense, really. When forest undergrowth and dead limbs and logs are allowed to pile up between trees, you may as well stack logs at their bases and light a match. Wise forest managers remove forest floor fuels and keep forests from growing dangerously dense.

Foolish forest managers allow undergrowth to flourish in order to “protect” ecological environments of certain species at the expense of overall forest ecology. This hands-off approach is pushed in Sacramento by those who think we’re only one species sharing our environment rather than caretakers of our environment.

Wise gardeners prevent weeds from diverting moisture from produce plants by removing them. This ensures a healthy garden. Why wouldn’t smart forest management include removal of undergrowth and dead or dying trees?

Water diversion

A few years ago, state biologists “gill-netted” vast quantities of fish in our local Silver Lake in order to prevent them from feeding on a certain frog. This decimated the fish population in favor of the frog population. How is this an ecological balance?

Similarly, allowing natural water sources to feed rivers and streams provides better hydration for trees—and raises critical moisture levels for forests. Diverting water from Northern California sources when levels are low exacerbates the deadly dryness of moisture-starved Sierra forests. Shouldn’t there be a better balance based on water levels?

As climate change continues to affect moisture and heat, smart and balanced water management becomes more critical. Yet California continues to base policy decisions reactively rather than proactively. If Northern California watershed areas burn for lack of moisture, poor water management will be partially to blame.

So will California’s reliance on hydroelectric power over traditional (and more effective) fossil-fuel plants. The state gets nearly 2/3 of its power from non-fossil fuel production, which is why it has to buy electricity from states like Oregon, Arizona and others.

Failing PG&E

Failed PG&E power lines are responsible for devastating California wildfires for the last five fire seasons. According to PG&E’s initial report the day the Dixie Fire started, an employee responding to an outage noticed a blown fuse at Cresta Dam in a heavily forested area of Butte County around the Feather River Canyon. He found two blown fuses and a tree leaning on a power conductor. He also found a fire on the ground near the base of the tree.

When the 2018 Camp Fire erupted, a PG&E employee noticed flames caused by a faulty transmission line in Feather River Canyon. Many of these lines are supported by electrical towers from the early 1900s. PG&E customers pay modern rates for modern electricity delivered via century-old towers.

In fairness, PG&E is finally taking steps to modernize its infrastructure with underground line burial and other measures. Sadly, these measures are long overdue and are too little too late for victims of the Camp Fire and now for those dealing with the Dixie Fire. Worse, PG&E seems to be continuing their foot-dragging regarding reporting system failures when they point to a wildfire start.

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According to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), PG&E ignored regulations that require it to report wildfire-related infrastructure failures within two hours of the event. PG&E took five days to report the Dixie Fire-related failure to CPUC. As a state agency, CPUC answers to Governor Gavin Newsom and Sacramento politicians. PG&E is supposed to answer to CPUC, yet is still failing to follow the rules.

Not only is there a lack of meaningful accountability, the relationship between California and PG&E is dysfunctional. The average citizen wonders why Sacramento continues enabling a repeat offender of a power company. Another question is why California refuses to open up its utility market to competitors in order to force PG&E to modernize its infrastructure.

Something has to change or California will continue to burn every fire season. Close to home, people in our community love living in Northern California, but the Golden State will lose even more citizens if residents have to flee the flames every summer.

 

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The Most Important Scholar You’ve Never Heard Of

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Thomas Sowell is many things. He’s a historian, an economist, philosopher, and more. He also may very possibly be the most important scholar that you haven’t heard of. Thomas started life on his own at age 17 when he moved out into a homeless shelter and later was drafted into the Marine Corps. Later, he graduated from Harvard and went on to study government regulations coming to some remarkable explanations and solutions. PragerU tells Thomas’s inspiring story in this video linked below.

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