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July 02, 2017

The New York City Subway System Is Falling Apart, And The Real Culprit Is Andrew Cuomo

It is surprising to no one who has paid any sort of attention to New York politics that Andrew Cuomo is a sleazy power broker whose most fervent desire (aside from becoming President) is to be in the limelight. That he is making political hay out of his own failing is typical.

How Andrew Cuomo broke the New York subway is a damning indictment of the Governor.

Cuomo has been directly responsible for the subway for over six years. It has been obvious since he took power that something like this would happen and he's done nothing but make it worse. The crisis is a clear result of his incompetence, his abysmal politics, and his odious personality.

Let's be honest, there are other players in this rapidly growing catastrophe. Michael Bloomberg and Bill De Blasio were well aware of the damage that deferring capital spending and maintenance on the subway system would cause, but pet projects like destroying traffic flow in Manhattan for the sake of some silly pedestrian malls and CitiBikes for virtue-signalling douchebags, or in De Blasio's case, allowing unfettered construction to appease his real estate industry masters, was more important than the largest public transportation system in the country.

Yet it is a microcosm of the Leftist approach to social engineering. They want us to move to the cities, where we can ditch our cars and lawns and live packed in like sardines, riding their wonderful mass transit systems and voting Democrat for the rest of our lives.

But they can't even get us to work, because as usual, every concrete plan the Left has foisted on us has failed. They spend our money on things that do nothing for the quality of life of their constituents, then come hat in hand for more money when the trains stop running and commerce grinds to a halt because of their abject failure to do the minimum required of them: keep stuff running.

A quality leader would have seen the problem approaching (or listened to the experts who have been shouting about it for years), and proposed a crash program to upgrade, modernize, and expand the subway. Tackling the maintenance backlog would reduce delays and forestall expensive repairs from failures. Upgraded technology would reduce train headways, which together with more trains and stations would allow for enhanced throughput -- now a critical necessity in downtown especially. And tackling the cost problem would enable everything else, as dollars could be stretched much, much further.

Instead of doing this, Andrew Cuomo pushed for free college tuition! And he got it.

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posted by CBD at 12:08 PM

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