Last night around 10pm I decided I had enough of election night coverage. I went upstairs and stopped in my oldest daughter's room to give her a kiss goodnight. As I stood there, a tear came to my eye, because I knew New York State voters had sealed her fate.
The re-election of the broken Albany machine last night proves that New York will continue the backwards policies of the last 30 years and will continue to sink upstate into oblivion. That in turn guarantees the fact that not only my oldest daughter, but all 3, will eventually leave Western New York. The chance of them going to college and finding a job here becomes slimmer by the day and it sure will be sad to see another generation exit the place I call home.
As a life long Buffalonian, I believed Albany might finally be sent a message on election night; the message that voters are done with the Carnival Games known as Albany Politics. But, instead of a "duck toss," we were given more of the same. Andrew Cuomo coasted into the governor's mansion without so much as a policy question. Riding the wave of unions and special interests, Cuomo's election proved that most New Yorkers love high taxes and cheating politicians, or have the IQ of a donkey (yes the pun is intended).
As of this writing, Antoine Thompson still has a shot at keeping his seat in Albany. This more than any other result baffles me based on all of the seedy allegations surrounding Thompson, most of which he doesn't deny. He is a senator representing Buffalo, that refuses to answer to his constituents. Then, the guy gets caught in a pay-to-play scheme and may be rewarded with another term.
Many incumbents are returning to the senate that is considered a national laughingstock. This is the Senate that couldn't do anything for 60 days because of members changing parties to benefit themselves. This is also the same senate that has passed two horrible budgets and refuses to acknowledge that the Golden Calf of Taxpayers only has coal left to give.
My daughters will eventually become part of the Exodus that has been going on for almost 30 years now. In some ways I should be glad, they will escape the state that treats it taxpayers like prisoners and it's prisoners like politicians. If only dear old dad was smart enough to learn that lesson.