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Is Andrew Cuomo’s Reelection a Bridge too Far?

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The sexual allegations investigation against Andrew is reaching a critical mass. He has decided to take his brother Fredo’s advice and go to the mattresses. His method of defense is the “nuts and sluts”, “he said she said” defense. This might seem familiar to those that follow the Clinton scandals. It’s also important to note Andy’s reelection is not until 2022 and in politics that is several lifetimes away. This latest show might be just theater so he can claim when running for reelection that this is all behind him, its old news.

Cuomo’s entire political career has been plagued by scandals that would have brought most others down or even lengthy prison sentences. He worked on his daddy’s campaign as what insiders called an enforcer. Mario was the good guy, Andy the muscle. As a reward for his work Andy was appointed assistant district attorney the year after his father was elected governor. Before his father left office Clinton appointed him HUD assistant secretary and later promoted to secretary. It was during his tenure there, out of the shadow of Dad the stories began to accumulate but never gained traction. Andy as the youngest HUD secretary called older staffers white heads, F**k heads, and Dumb F**ks. When the HUD inspector general confronted Cuomo he went on the attack and tried to smear her as racist.  By the time Andy moved on from HUD $59 billion was needed for an un-documentable adjustment. (That is government speak for missing money)

Fast forward ten years of an unimpressive career and Andy runs for the Governor slot. He runs on the tired old transparency platform. Implying his opponent is corrupt he also runs a restore trust in government platform. After he is elected he needs to follow thru so he hand picks the Moreland commission. Andy promised to “convene the best minds in law enforcement and public policy from across New York to address weaknesses in the States public corruption, election and campaign finance laws, generate transparency and accountability, and restore the public trust.” When they took their job too seriously and started to question Cuomo and his cronies it was quietly disbanded.  It did dig enough dirt up to send two of Cuomo’s allies Skelos and Silver to prison.

Andy’s own enforcer and right hand man Joe Percoco was close enough to attend Mario Cuomo’s funeral but evidently not close enough to share his skimming of bribes from contractors hoping to build a power plant in the Hudson valley. Mr. Percoco got six years for that. When Cuomo won the election but lost upstate in his reelection he decided the he could fix it with tax dollars spread around Buffalo. He appointed Alain Kaloyeros, to run the Buffalo Billions project to build a solar plant in depressed Buffalo. Alain was the right man for the job as he made sure only Cuomo’s large donors were qualified to bid. They received $850 million in contracts as a return on their investment. Mr. Kaloyeros received 3 ½ years in prison. Cuomo just moved on. By the time Cuomo and friends were done the Buffalo Billion investment had yielded only 54 cents per dollar invested.

Speaking of bridges, everyone visiting New York City by car, bus or subway can attest to the deplorable state they all are in. Like the bidding system to repair this infrastructure everyone pays a premium price for an inferior product. All repair and outside maintenance work is controlled by a lack of comparative bidding process so there is no competition. Although Cuomo likes to deflect any and all criticism of himself it is not New York City and Comrade DiBlazio in charge of the MTA but our governor Andy. It’s enough to give you a thrill ride when crossing the Tappan Zee Bridge to know that Cuomo and friends were investigated over the one million bolts used to hold the bridge together. It seems the bolts used may not have been up to standard.

Now with the election infection Andy saw his chance at the greatest power grab yet.  Damn the constitution full speed ahead! He starts ordering around all the people of New York not just those that are unfortunate enough to work for him. He goes along with confining people at home, closing businesses, and restaurants, and mandatory masks. His worst directive, Covid patients should be returned to nursing homes. It wasn’t confined just to nursing homes but group homes also. Of the 613 nursing homes in NY, 365 took in patients diagnosed with Covid. Estimates are hard to come by but it is figured his directive caused over six thousand new infections resulting in 15,000 deaths of both patients and front line workers. But just ask Cuomo and none of these deaths were his fault. You see the legislators could have stopped him, nursing homes could have jeopardized their state money and refused, and his experts could have been more expert and told him not to. Andy admitted he would never place his own mom in a nursing home knowing the dangers. What was the price he had to pay for his incompetence? A $5.1 million dollar book deal with Penguin Random house on how he managed to remove conservative voters and non-taxpayers from New York. Quite a prize since his last book sold less than 4,000 copies in hardcover.

Despite all this Andy faces his toughest fight yet. The dreaded sexual harassment accusation. As of this writing eleven women have accused “The Love Gov” of unwanted harassment. But fear not, there are still some that support Andy, his mom, CNN, his brother who helped along with the nonprofit Times up to draft his response to this crisis. In the other corner is almost everyone else on both sides of the isle calling for him to resign and if not impeached. So far Cuomo has hunkered down in the Governor mansion and released a statement with video proof of his unwanted attention to a diverse number of citizens. So is it Cuomo has outlived his usefulness to the democrat party? Did he bully the wrong powerful person or is this just Kabuki Theater to placate the masses.

Don’t expect Cuomo to bow out gracefully. He already has 18 million left in his war chest. He hasn’t had to spend a dime defending himself from either the nursing home scandal or the sexual abuse. Taxpayers are footing the $900 per hour rate of his lawyers and already the legal bill has topped 2.5 million. He has seen a drop in his donations as business leaders with contracts before the state hedge their bets. Cuomo did lose his chief of staff Melissa DeRosa, whose father is a lobbyist for CNYHA. CNYHA represents the hospitals and nursing homes that were handed immunity from Covid lawsuits. They are also among the millionaires and billionaires that are the bulk of Andy’s donations.

If Cuomo skates on these charges it’s a guarantee he would not entertain any questions about scandals “in the past”. If Cuomo is impeached then indicted and convicted it would go down in history like Al Capone going to jail for tax evasion.

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My name is Steve and I’m a news junkie. I’ve always believed the fourth estate’s job was to keep our leaders honest. It seems that job is now left to citizen journalists. I have entered the fray after a rich and varied career, not much of which was writing. I have delivered papers, worked for government, managed million dollar projects, been recruited by both sides of the isle to shill at rallies, canvassed for the opposition, and done some writing in my time. My goal is to both inform and entertain thru questioning the status quo.



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Lockdowns hurt more people than COVID

You now have the largest prison camp in human history.

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Tucker looks at China’s second, even worse COVID lockdown. No COVID misinformation warning from Facebook on this one, but one in which he talked about censorship. What’s up with that?

“China seemed to have gone insane, moving from authoritarian to dystopian in a single day. So, this was the world’s introduction to COVID-19, a virus we later learned the Chinese government itself helped to create.”

“Looking back, it all seems like a bad dream. COVID panic has now ended, the virus no longer constitutes a public health crisis in this or any other country, and it’s clear in retrospect, the government lockdowns, whatever their motives, in the end hurt far more people than COVID itself did. The much touted vaccines, meanwhile, provided nowhere near the protection the drug companies had promised, and at the same time came with significant risks that even now have not been openly discussed.”

“In China, they are living through it again. The government of China has just completely shut down the city of Shanghai. Shanghai is the biggest city in the country, it’s one of the largest cities in the world. More than 25 million people live in Shanghai, and the lockdown there, is more brutal and more far reaching than anything we saw in Wuhan 2 years ago.”

“For once, CNN is not exaggerating. You have 25 million people locked inside their homes. You have the largest prison camp in human history. Anyone who tests positive for COVID is shoved into a van and then taken to a quarantine camp.”

“What happened to the lives they left behind? What happened to the dogs and cats they left at home? Well, chances are Chinese police beat those dogs and cats to death on the street. That’s happening tonight all over Shanghai, a mass slaughter of pets.”

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China; Hidden Dragon, or Paper Tiger

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With all the ongoing issues in America today it might seem superfluous to worry about China. Between crime in the streets, the latest Covid variant, lock downs, forced vaccinations and corrupt at every level of government it might seem we have enough to worry about. But, what if it’s all related and part of a plan? What if we have always been at war with Eurasia but were never informed?

First let’s take a look at militarily how the opponents stack up.  On paper and in total dollars the USA outspends China by more than double. ($738 Billion Vs $252 billion). China has more than five times the number of citizens available for military service. Surprisingly at this time China and the USA are about equal in terms of ground forces equipment. (IE: Tanks, armored fighting vehicles, rockets)  It would appear that our air forces are about equal in numbers but we have double the number of helicopters and China has twice as many fighter aircraft as we do.  In sheer numbers China has the USA out classed in the naval department. America has more aircraft carriers by a factor of 5, but China holds the lead in fast attack frigates, corvettes and a slight lead in submarines.

As for nuclear weapons the USA has a total of 6,500 warheads but only 1,600 are currently deployed. China is a little harder to asses since they are not part of the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and do not reveal the total numbers of weapons they have. (For reference Russia has 6,490 warheads down from 40,000 during the height of the cold war. Currently has 1,600 deployed)

On paper it would seem the two super powers are evenly matched. But let’s not make the mistake most military generals do by fighting the last war. So much of their energy is studying the last conflict, the latest’s one always surprises them. (see Blitzkrieg).  Some of the more forward thinking realize the next war will be economic. Possibly combined with a cyber-attack. Today we are already seeing the probes of our technology driven economy. Most of these come from China. For a listing of these one only needs to go to the Center for Strategic International Studies. (CSIS).

In planning for a global conflict to come it seems the CCP is relying upon the oriental virtues of planning and patience, while the western world is into instant gratification. While the USA exports the virtues of multiculturalism and LGBTQ rights around the world the CCP is investing in roads, bridges, dams, ports and  infrastructure. By loaning money to developing nations at exorbitant rates and requiring Chinese labor and materials they are copying the colonial model sans the hospitals and schools.

Since 2013 China has been following a five year plan (China loves those five year plans) called the Belt and Road initiative. Interestingly announced during a visit to Kazakhstan. The goal is to build a Chinese centered international order. It is also known as the Silk Road Economic Belt, or the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road. The names are a nod to the historic trade routes to and from the western world to China, popularized by the travels of Marc Polo.  In 2019 a second Belt to road five year plan was instituted to quell the negative press and concentrate on a more “green and sustainable” era. As of 2020 140 of 193 countries and 32 international agencies have signed up.

For some of these countries the BRI turns into a debt trap. When they can’t pay up they are forced to turn over the very projects the Chinese financed. Uganda has turned over its international airport. Sri Lanka has handed over a large port. Djibouti is about to hand over another, adjacent to our largest port in Africa. Zambia is negotiating the turnover of their largest coper mine to help restructure their debt. In spite of all this other countries in South America are signing on to the BRI. Cuba has found another sugar daddy in the CCP’s initiative. Something to keep in mind all these project must follow the China’s National Defense law that mandates civilian infrastructure projects closely related to national defense shall meet national defense requirements and functions and must be surrendered for military use when needed.

North America is not immune to the prospect of “easy” money granted by the CCP. Canada has not signed on to the BRI but has welcomed Chinese investment on several fronts. Mostly in British Columbia and Bunavat. In the United States the CCP hasn’t been lending money but investing. Investing in politicians, Hollywood, Newspapers, News organizations and Colleges. They own internet companies like Tic-Tok, Riot Games, and We Chat. Brick and mortar companies like Smithfield, the Waldorf Astoria and Continental Aerospace Technologies. So much money is invested in American companies that you rarely see any criticism of the Communist countries policies. Global warming, China gets a pass, child labor laws, China need not apologize, slave labor, well what slave labor, and human rights abuses don’t see any there.

So what does it all mean to America and its citizens? As we move closer to China’s social credit system who will stand up and denounce it? The same politicians that accepted enough money to keep them in office? The news organizations that rely on CCP money to keep them afloat? Just look at how many objected to Covid being referred to as the China flu. Speaking of the China flu, what if it was released by China in an effort to destroy the economies of most nations and allow them to take control of strategic ports and airports around the world. Who would stand up if China decides that Taiwan could no longer be tolerated and will be annexed?

It would seem China is a paper Tiger. A paper tiger made of Yen. They have bought and paid for large sections of the United State economy. You could say the same for Europe.  China has ensured that every third world country that is rich in the resources owes a substantial portion of their gross domestic production to the CCP. You don’t need to be a dragon when you own all the paper.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu

“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” – Sun Tzu

 

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