It seems politics as usual is more about doing what someone wants or they won’t support your legislation. Recently, I was in the halls of the cesspool in NYS and spent time speaking with many legislators. There was a common theme – if you want your legislation to pass, you have to promise to support or give the appearance you will support another politician in his reelection efforts. How do we explain to our Veterans that legislation that would help them will only be signed if the legislator who is proposing it, agrees to give the appearance that he or she is in support of a sitting legislator? What-ever happened to legislating for the good of the people, not the good of the pension plan of the legislator or his future aspirations? How fitting that in the Well of the Legislature Building there was a large inflatable colon…need I say more?
Everywhere you walked, whether it was on concrete or in ankle deep mud you could not help but bump into someone who traveled by bus, car or walked to take part in what will be the largest single event held at the NYS Capitol. You have heard of wall to wall people well this was road to road people! I started in one corner and spent the rally walking and talking. I stopped and spoke to people from Chemung, Broome, Ontario, Jefferson, Rockland, Erie, Onondaga, Lewis, Schenectady, Washington, Ulster, Putnam, Columbia, Greene, Westchester, Delaware, Oswego, Otesgo, Alleghany, Sullivan, Steuben, St. Lawrence, Orange, Yates, Seneca, Wyoming, Livingston, Oneida, Hamilton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Saratoga, Washington, Monroe and Wayne. (I had a pad of paper in my pocket and kept track so I would remember). I know I missed a few but coffee was calling and it was time to leave. Continue reading