Of course my governor doesnít quite get it. But at least he got the spirit of it in certain senses. Iíll take hypocrisy over full injustice. At least the aspirations leave room for improvement and advancement.
Still, Iíd prefer an honest ďI canít go there yet but Iím sympatheticĒ disclaimer instead of advancing statism and calling it liberty. Perhaps the good governor needs a little help with clarifying the issue.
Thatís my problem with the Republicans, too. They introduce an ounce of liberty into a stew of regulation and call it laissez faire. They give liberty a bad name.
But back to Paterson. Some decades ago Senator Moynihan argued that New Yorkers are paying federal taxes disproportionately and receiving fewer services per capita. One cleaver libertarian remarked that that generally is the purposed of taxes. What sense would it be to give people back exactly what youíve taken from them? Of course, the logical answer is to reduce taxes and allow the individual to spend his money as he sees fit.
I suspect Paterson (like Moynihan in years past) is asking for a rough halfway measure that results in NYS getting back collectively what they put in, collectively. But isn't that contrary to the whole quote on individualism? EH, he needs TAS help. If he truly responds to the aspirations we share, he might consider taking the full step.