Because it is nothing less than a disgrace, a crime--of historic magnitude. If Henry Hudson and Giovanni da Verrazzano pulled into New York harbor today, they
turn their ships around and head south. Because what they
‟d see is the word “closed”:
Closed for business; closed for innovation; closed for honest, responsible government.
Our leaders have squandered a land blessed by its creator, and that‟s unforgivable. You and I need to fix it because there‟s no one else coming along.
What Hudson and Verrazano and Samuel de Champlain saw when they got here -- what the Iroquois, Seneca and Oneida Nations already knew -- was a place of bounty. Their hearts must have pounded when they saw its possibilities -- the soil to till, the lakes to fish, and the rivers and ocean to transport goods. This state, this land mass, has everything, all the attributes for enrichment.
For three and a half centuries people saw New York through those settlers eyes. And they prospered. New York became the economic engine that drove the country that drove the world. How have we forgotten that? This is where our families first stepped foot on American soil -- off ships in New York Harbor, off trains from the South, and later off airplanes. They came to begin anew, to
stake their claim in the American dream of leaving their children and their children‟s
children better off than their forebearers.
God help them; what have our politicians done? They‟ve nearly ruined a once great state. They‟ve murdered innova
tion and chased away the dreamers.
The statistics scream incompetence: New York is now 50th in so many categories. How
is that possible? This was the state that wouldn‟t accept being second to anyone or
anything, and here we are...50th! Here we are ranked by the American Legislative Exchange Council as having the worst economic outlook in America. Not 25th. Not 45th. Dead. Last. 50th. The worst economic outlook. The Empire State...
New York has the highest property taxes in America, 50th out of 50. It has the highest overall tax burden, 50th out of 50. It was just rated the worst place to retire in America, 50th out of 50.
We have the highest electric rates, yet we won‟t touch the clean natural gas underneath
our feet --
natural gas that‟s enriching 30 other states. New York loses more families than any other state, 50th out of 50. We‟re on pace to lose
more than 400,000 New Yorkers in just four years under Andrew Cuomo.