, , , , , , , , ,

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, through his mimicry of President Trump’s daily Coronovirus news conferences, pushed himself to the top of the “Cuomo is the new D/S/C Messiah!” and “Draft Cuomo;Dump Biden” movements.  But today’s D/S/C messiah can easily become tomorrow’s political albatross, particularly when their policies, which directly caused the deaths of helpless elderly men and women, are revealed.  Michael Goodwin at The New York Post explains:

Two weeks ago, Gov. ­Andrew Cuomo was first asked about his policy that forced nursing homes to admit ­patients infected with the coronavirus.

‘That’s a good question, I don’t know,’ the governor answered, turning to an aide.

On Tuesday, Cuomo was asked about a report from the Associated Press that his team had added more than 1,700 deaths to the count of those who died in nursing homes, bringing the total to at least 4,813.

‘I don’t know the details, frankly,’ the governor answered, turning to an aide.

Sgt. Schultz reporting for duty!

Cuomo is legendary for micromanaging and has been praised for his detailed daily briefings during the pandemic. He has closed schools, religious services and businesses because each human life is ‘priceless.’

So with known nursing home deaths representing 25 percent of all deaths in the state, it beggars belief that the governor didn’t know anything about his office’s fatal policy two weeks ago or the new death totals now.

As D/S/Cs are generally trying to paint Republicans as death-crazed monsters for daring to try to avoid a second Great Depression, having a Messiah revealed as an actual death-crazed monster (really a standard, one each, craven politician) is—awkward.  As one would expect, Cuomo is doing his best to spin:

 ‘The nursing home has to make the decision,’ he said Tuesday. ‘If they don’t think they can take care of someone, all they have to do is say no.’

Uh, no:

In this case, he ‘knows’ something that’s simply not true, according to nursing home executives. The March 25 order that forced infected patients on them allows for no exceptions and has not been changed.

The killer fifth paragraph still reads: ‘No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to ­admission or readmission.’

Goodwin notes there has been no change in this order, which has had unfortunate, to put it kindly, results:

To them, the March 25 order was a death sentence. Some facilities say they had no deaths or even positive patients before that date, but many of both since, including among staff members.

Recall, too, the experience of Donny Tuchman, CEO of Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill Health Center. On April 24, when his facility already had lost 55 patients, he showed reporters email exchanges with the Department of Health where he got no help when he asked for relief. Even his ­request to have some of the ­COVID-19 patients sent to the Javits Center or the Navy ship Comfort, both of which were well below capacity, was rejected.

Cuomo has continued to spin, lie (same thing) and has even threatened the owners and staffs of these facilities, and even loosed the state Attorney General on them.

For the owners and staffs, the threats were a warning to be silent and the investigation is a bid to pin the blame for thousands of deaths on them.

But that’s not all.  Not only did Cuomo force nursing homes to take in and keep infected patients, he prevented their families from seeing them before they died.  This is the same Andrew Cuomo that attacked president Trump for supposed failures to provide ventilators, masks and hospital beds.  Mr. Trump, and private organizations, responded with heroic efforts, including multiple emergency hospital facilities, even a Navy hospital ship, and innumerable ventilators, which were not needed in the first place.  Any shortages were the result of Cuomo and other New York politician’s fiscal mismanagement and refusal to stockpile the medical supplies they knew they’d need in any pandemic.  Cuomo preferred to waste billions on green boondoggles and other D/S/C priorities.  This one is not going away any time soon, because it gets even better.  At the end of March, National Public Radio reported:

More than 1,200 people have now died of the coronavirus in New York, but the worst of the outbreak has yet to arrive, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

Cuomo said the coronavirus is overtaxing the state’s health care workers. He asked for the assistance of medical volunteers from other parts of the country as the pandemic continues to devastate New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

‘I am asking health care professionals across the country, if you don’t have a health care crisis in your community, please come help us in New York right now,’ Cuomo said from a makeshift hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan set to receive its first patients on Monday. ‘We need relief.’

This is good:

Cuomo agreed with President Trump that the fight against the coronavirus is comparable to war.

‘Then let’s act that way, and let’s act that way now,’ Cuomo said. ‘Let’s show a commonality and a mutuality and a unity that the country hasn’t seen in decades.

And how did Gov. Cuomo show that “commonality and mutuality and… unity”?  That’s right: by taxing everyone in sight; it’s the New York way.  Pix11.com reports:

This might work better…

Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor…

‘We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,’ Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. ‘So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.’

Apparently the good Governor doesn’t realize that if he doesn’t tax out of state Good Samaritans, that’s not a subsidy.  He’d have to actually pay them something to subsidize them.  If these unfortunates are being paid something, Cuomo’s taking whatever they earn out of their pockets is not good optics, as the saying goes.

Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York.

New York is even going to tax their earnings not made in New York?  Perhaps they’ll tax their out of state property as well?

Cuomo is also demanding Washington bail New York out.  Republicans are daring to suggest money might be forthcoming for expenses legitimately related to the Coronavirus, but not to bail New York out of decades of financial mismanagement.  D/S/Cs, of course, make no such distinction.  This well illustrates how Cuomo is biting the hand that tried to help him:

The issue first came up when the temporary hospital in Central Park was being erected by Samaritan’s Purse.

‘Our financial comptroller called me,’ said Ken Isaacs, a vice president of the organization, ‘and he said, ‘Do you know that all of you are going to be liable for New York state income tax?’ [skip]

‘What we’re even more concerned about than the money,’ Isaacs continued, ‘is the bureaucracy, and the paperwork, and I think that once that’s unleashed…once you start filing that, you have to do that for like a whole year or something.

Samaritan’s Purse is a part of the Billy Graham organization, now run by his son, Franklin Graham.  Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio have been attacking Graham and the organization from the moment it became clear their overblown hysteria was just that, and the temporary hospital Samaritan’s Purse set up in response to Cuomo’s call for help could be dismissed.

It’s this kind of fiscal lunacy, and utter lack of gratitude for the selfless efforts of people Cuomo begged to come to the aid of New Yorkers, forcing thousands of New Yorkers to become ex-New Yorkers.  This is how D/S/C messiahs reward people that actually risk their lives to save lives.  The campaign commercials write themselves…