Why, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, of course. Money-grubbing teacher's unions hardest hit.
Read my lips: No new taxes -- and that includes levies on wealthy New Yorkers, Gov. Cuomo vowed yesterday.Ahh, the old "working families" line. But in a departure from the other 99.99% of living Democrats, Cuomo is thinking realistically.
Cuomo said he was against extending a "temporary" income-tax surcharge imposed on high-income earners in 2009 and set to expire at the end of 2011, despite having to close a massive $10 billion budget gap.
Cuomo indicated that renewing the surcharge would amount to a tax hike, which would violate his campaign pledge not to boost taxes.
"The old way of solving the problem was continuing to raise taxes on people, and we just can't do that anymore. The working families of New York cannot afford tax increases. The answer is going to have to be that we're going to have to reduce government spending," he said.
Democrats often exclude higher-income earners when they invoke the phrase "working families" during tax-policy discussions.What? This is sacrilege! Doesn't he know all those evil rich people just wake up wealthy one day and do nothing to earn it? You know, like his former in-laws, the Kennedys. Oh wait, they don't count when it comes to Democrat demagoguery.
But Cuomo said working families includes higher-income earners.
"They work, too," he said, noting that his opposition to tax hikes is "across the board."
Naturally this isn't going over well with the blood-sucking, tax-eating leeches.
United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said extending the tax surcharge on the wealthy has to be considered. Trying to solve the $10 billion budget gap solely through spending reductions would lead to a "catastrophic budget" akin to the city's 1975 fiscal crisis that fueled massive layoffs of teachers, cops and firefighters, and eliminated school programs and delayed crucial bridge maintenance, he said.If Cuomo is smart he'll do just as his cohort across the Hudson, Chris Christie, has done, and take on the unions. Who knows, a few YouTube speeches later and he'll become a national icon.