Thursday, March 15, 2007

Heart and Soul

"A politics that has ripped the heart and soul out of the state's budgets for many years." That's Governor Elliot Spitzer, speaking of the resumption of broadcast advertising by local 1199, the SEIU Health Care Workers Union, opposing his budget proposals for health care spending.

There's a lot more to be said about this in a longer post, but for the moment let's just say that this Governor has been making all the right adversaries since he took office -- SEIU 1199, the teachers union NYSUT, the state Assembly majority, the state Senate majority, Sheldon Silver and Joe Bruno. It means that Spitzer's campaign promise of "reform" was not just a campaign slogan. It's the principal operating policy of his governorship. He has the mandate and the public support to go for it and he's doing just that.

Not yet three months into his term, Spitzer has accomplished more that's of real value to New York residents and taxpayers than George Pataki did in 12 years.

Roll on, Governor Steamroller, roll on.

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