Andrew Cuomo’s Big Solutions are the Problem
Joel Schlosberg | January 5th, 2015
Re-elected New York governor Andrew Cuomo’s inaugural address was built around the purported necessity of big government since “there is no small solution to big problems.”
Cuomo’s exemplar of a big government solution success story from New York state history: The Erie Canal. But that megaproject was not just a prototype for the industrial age’s spectacular engineering feats. As a major cause of the 1830s Chicago real estate bubble, it also presaged their unintended consequences. And it spearheaded the expansion of eminent domain powers that gave government development carte blanche to ride roughshod over neighborhoods (ironically, his father Mario Cuomo’s began his political career helping a local Queens community prevent just such a seizure of their land for the 1964-5 World’s Fair).
Cuomo’s solutions themselves seem rather small: A minimum wage hike, expansion of health insurance coverage and early childhood education. All are secondary ameliorations of the political system’s primary aim of serving a wealthy elite. ...