View Full Version : Cuomo Calls Two N.Y. Reps ‘Benedict Arnolds’ for Supporting GOP Budget

10-29-2017, 03:46 PM
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D.) on Friday accused U.S. Republican Reps. Chris Collins and Tom Reed, both from New York, of "modern-day treason" for supporting the 2018 fiscal year budget in the House.

Cuomo also called the lawmakers "the Benedict Arnolds of today" in a conference call with reporters for their votes to help pass the $4.1 trillion budget plan, the Auburn Public Citizen reports.

"If the states that are affected, if their congressional delegations actually acted in the interest of their state and their district, this would fail," Cuomo said of the budget, which Republicans powered through the House on Thursday in a narrow 216-212 vote.


DumbAss Tanker
10-29-2017, 05:09 PM
I'd never really thought of it in such terms before the current debate, but the state and local tax exemption has been a huge scam to let high tax states suck blood out of the low tax ones. They tax the crap out of their own residents and reap the benefits of that, and then in effect their residents pay a much lower per capita share of the Federal income taxes, and then in turn those Federal revenues that go to social programs and benefits primarily benefit those same politically powerful, heavily populated, high tax states. Obviously it only comes into play with taxpayers who itemize, but since the vast majority of Federal income tax revenue actually comes from the high earners who DO itemize, and those high-income individuals are heavily concentrated in such states. Indeed, higher than typical pay is one of the inducements to draw such people there, seeming to offset the individual's higher total tax burden, though in fact that unquenchable thirst for tax revenue from these states drives every other aspect of the cost of living there ever upward.

10-30-2017, 03:37 PM
DAT One argument that is used by high tax states against the elimination of the deduction is that high tax states get less back from the federal government that they "send" to Washington while low tax states get more back from the federal government than they "send" to Washington.

As an example, Connecticut residents (supposedly) receives .84 cents for every dollar they send to Washington.

I ran across this https://wallethub.com/edu/states-most-least-dependent-on-the-federal-government/2700/ which provides some information to bolster that argument.

I don't know enough economic theory to agree or disagree.

Dlr Pyro
10-30-2017, 04:11 PM
the politics of personal destruction is alive and well in the New York governor's mansion...