Monday, March 27, 2017

Cuomo: Republicans Must Get Smart or They'll Lose Again

Today, the New York Daily News published the following op-ed by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on the importance of Republicans to govern in partnership with Democrats in Washington as the agenda shifts from healthcare to tax reform and the federal budget.  

Learn the lesson of last week for the good of the nation.

There is much for Washington Republicans to learn from their health care debacle. There is a drastic difference between being an opposition party and success as a governing party. History is replete with examples of political parties failing to understand how to make this transition.

For eight years, the Republicans’ bread and butter was either the political bashing of President (Barack) Obama or obstructionism. “Just saying no” is a lot easier than “getting to yes.”

My father coined the phrase “We campaign in poetry, but we govern in prose.” The 2017 Republican version is “We campaigned in rhetoric, but we need wisdom to govern.”

Zealots can’t govern. You will need Democrats and moderates to succeed and you will need policies that actually work for the country. Policies that produce extreme winners and losers will, and should, fail.

And you need to change course now. The Republican agenda already foreshadows failure as the current frame of tax reform and federal budget debate promise the same mistakes.

It’s clear to me that the ultraconservatives are targeting “big states” that have inclusive social policies and progressive ideals.

Ultraconservatives hope to advance a proposal to end the deduction of state and local taxes. That would be a direct attack on New York, California, Illinois, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Massachusetts, among others. 

Click here for the full commentary. 

Source: Press Office, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo  

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