Monday, February 02, 2015

Bazzo Says: The fish stinks from the head down

I think it is time for me to weigh in on the recent arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Democrat of Manhattan. I am not going into how it happened, for if you have been following this scandal, it has been laid out so that even the casual follower of New York politics can understand. 

What bothers me is the fact that there has been more media and public outcry over the possibility of some "deflated balls" in the NFL. Well, we are witnessing another "deflated balls" scandal in the aftermath of Silver's arrest, though it was not until the reports of how Silver allegedly used the events of 9/11/01 to line his pockets. This scandal brought a whole new meaning to "ambulance chaser." It was then that Democrats in the State Assembly finally thought Silver unfit to lead them. 

Before that, all we heard from lefties—elected and in the media—was the "presumption of innocence" defense (which, of course, never applied to Greg Ball), and that Silver was vital to the budget process. Their pathetic public words showed us just how deflated they really are.

Now, this may shock you, but I believe that the calls for Silver to resign from the Assembly are pre-mature. After all, he has not been convicted of anything yet. However, stepping down as speaker was not only the only option, but it was about 20 years too late. I think the real reason that there has basically been silence from Gov. Cuomo on down about Silver is because Silver knows where the bodies are buried because he helped bury them. Now, someone in law enforcement is finally going to dig them up…we think. 

The pitiful thing is that over the years, our own attorneys generals—including Cuomo and Eliot Spitzer—never went after the overflowing political sewage system that was right under their noses. They never even tried. What they did do however, was enable and protect that overflowing political sewage system. It should never have been the fed’s job to clean up this mess. Even as this cesspool was overflowing during last year's election, we were told by the crap-covered media (and boy, are they in deep as the chief enablers) that Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino and John Cahill (he was the Republican challenger to State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman) were not qualified to lead New York. The media knew, the media protected, the media enabled. Now, they act as if they are shocked by this all—shocked! Shocked to find out there is gambling in Casablanca. Gag me with a spoon. Man, I wish we could flush these media types down the toilet once and for all.

But alas, this week’s message of hope is not about the media…

Even as this cesspool was overflowing during last year's election, New Yorkers, mostly from the city, could not wait to give cesspool dwellers their votes, as Astorino won 95 percent of the counties outside the city, but Cuomo's margin of victory in the city was too much to overcome. Between the political establishment, the media and the Democrat voters, there were enough deflated balls to go around.

It is the political class that must shoulder most of the blame. When one sees how they have behaved from the beginning of the scandal, you have to wonder how any of them could father children without testicles. For you see, in choosing Silver's replacement, nothing has changed. The man they have chosen, Assemblyman Carl Heastie, a Democrat from the city (where else?) is also under a cloud of scandal, yet it is he who they want to lead our State Assembly. It is the party bosses who behind the scenes have been brokering deals with other potential challengers to clear the field for Heastie's coronation.

He is their puppet. 

Of all the members of the Assembly, Heastie is who is chosen to lead, despite the following:

• It is public knowledge that he billed the New York State $22,000 for mileage and per-diems, even though he missed votes on 173 bills (only 13 members skipped more). This joker is the Obama of the New York State Senate!

• It is public knowledge that the Labor Committee, of which he is the chair, only met once last year. In his position as chairman, he is paid an additional $14,000 on top of his $79,500 base pay.

• It is public knowledge that in 2013 he sponsored a bill that would allow check-cashing companies to make loans with interest rates up to 200 percent, after receiving $10,000 from the check-cashing industry. That money went into his campaign accounts.

• It is public knowledge that he was under investigation by the Moreland Commission for having failed to properly account for $25,000 in campaign spending. 

Preet Bharara, in a recent speech to law school students, said it is time for the electorate to get angry. He is right. Right now your anger should be directed at Gov. Cuomo and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman for their deflated balls. We, as a state, are the laughingstock of the nation because we cannot clean up our own mess even though it is right under our noses. It is being left to the feds. Yes, you can cheer that Bharara is looking out for us, but he is not. By all accounts, he wants to be governor one day. And if he is, what’s to say he doesn’t jump head first into the overflowing political sewage system that is Albany?

I guess we should also be mad at Comptroller DiNapoli (who signed off on Silver's pay-offs to the women who accused former Assemblyman Vito Lopez of sexual harassment) and the 97 percent of elected representatives in the Assembly who are only looking out for themselves.

But in the end, look in the mirror. These people don’t float into office. We put them there. We are the head of the fish, and we stink.

This is what I say. What say you?

Bazzo 02/02/15

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