Big Government, Hypocrites, Localized

Governor Cuomo Declares MTA State Of Emergency, Skewers Trump, Then Diverts Funds Away From It

At some point the morons of New York who keep voting for this ass are going to realize they’re being played. Maybe.

To some, last week was a turning point in Andrew Cuomo’s long battle to distance himself from his ailing transit agency, the MTA. Instead of shirking off responsibilities for the collapsing subway system, or pressing for token legislation to provide him with even more power, Cuomo seized it himself, declaring a “state of emergency” in the subways and promising $1 billion to help shore up the abysmal service.

As the Daily News points out, the recent amendment to the MTA’s capital plan that its board recently passed strips $1.2 billion from the current capital plan that would have gone toward new subway cars, in addition to $37.6 million for new signals. The MTA argues that because those train cars won’t be ready until midway through the next capital plan in 2023 anyway, it shouldn’t be budgeting for their purchasing. The $37.6 million, the MTA claims, was for new signals that would have operated solely with the new trains.

Ostensibly, that freed up more than $1.2 billion to go toward the city’s crumbling subways, which vitally need new signals to increase capacity on the lines. Currently, the MTA is finishing signal work for a single line, the 7 train, and has just recently begun work on the Queens Boulevard E/F/M/R lines, but only for the sections that run through Queens and parts of midtown Manhattan. Only the L train has been given completely new signals. That $1.2 billion could, theoretically, have gone to start another signal modernization project as soon as possible. Already, the MTA has pegged $3 billion in the current capital plan for new signals, although even the transit agency itself admits it won’t get around to outfitting the entire system with those signals until 2045 (and that’s a hopeful outlook).

Instead, however, the money is going toward Cuomo’s pet projects, including his poorly conceived LaGuardia AirTrain, a third track for the Long Island Rail Road (which is desperately needed but faces stiff local resistance), subway station enhancements that won’t necessarily increase station capacity, and cashless tolls. In keeping with his longtime neglect of the subways, Cuomo has shorted the system cash that had already been allotted to it.

Source: Guess Which NY Governor Just Took $1 Billion Meant for MTA Subway Signals and Spent It Elsewhere? | Village Voice

Big Government, Dumb Laws

South Dakota Legalizes License-Free Hair Braiding

Because without government, who would stop unscrupulous people from dangerously styling your hair?

Thanks to legislation signed today, South Dakotans no longer need the government’s permission to braid hair. Signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the bill, HB 1048, exempts natural hair braiders from the state’s thicket of cosmetology regulations.

Previously, braiders faced the toughest law in the nation. Before anyone could work twisting or braiding hair, they first had to obtain a cosmetology license. That license requires at least 2,100 hours of training, which can cost nearly $15,000 in tuition. Meanwhile, braiding without a permission slip from the government could lead to fines and even jail time. Adding to the absurdity, many cosmetology schools don’t even teach African-style braiding techniques, and those that do dedicate almost no time to the subject.

Source: South Dakota Just Legalized Braiding Hair Without A License

Big Government, Scary

Child Sentenced To Die By Totally Not a Death Panel Y’all

Boy, it sure is a good thing that death panels in countries with socialized health care are a myth otherwise this case, which clearly could not have happened ever, would be disturbing.

For those of you unfamiliar with the details of an awful story unfolding in Great Britain, little Charlie Gard is a ten-month baby who suffers from a rare genetic condition. In spite of the fact that he also has brain damage, Charlie is extraordinarily fortunate to have something else, as well—loving parents who refused to give up on him, and instead fundraised nearly 1.4 million British pounds so they could take him to the United States to undergo a therapy trial.

But that was before Charlie was sentenced to death by British doctors—and that sentence was upheld by the courts, culminating in the final rejection of the final desperate appeal of Chris Gard and Connie Yates by the European Court of Human Rights.

Source: The European Court of Human Rights sentences a little British boy to death | The Bridgehead

Aca-dumb-ia, Big Government, Economics

After Making Tuition Free, New York Is Raising It For People Left to Pay

The question of “how are they going to pay for it?” is starting to be answered.

ALBANY – If you’re not getting free SUNY tuition this fall, you will be paying more.The state University of New York this week quietly voted to raise tuition by $200 on students who are not eligible for the free tuition program, called the Excelsior Scholarship, that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature instituted in April for households who earn less than $100,000 a year.

So for those students whose household income is more than $100,000 and who attend four-year colleges, their tuition will grow from $6,470 to $6,670 this fall, a 3 percent increase. The state’s community colleges set their own tuition.

But then comes the money shot, presented with nary a hint of irony.

SUNY officials said the higher tuition is needed to pay for courses as costs rise.

So in a climate where the cost of offering courses has risen, the best remedy for that was simply making it free?  Think about this for a second; they had to raise tuition on those left to pay it who didn’t qualify for the handout while telling others they had no obligation to pay for their education whatsoever.

How can any one look at this as sane, fair, or at the very least moral?

Source: SUNY tuition to rise $200 – if you don’t get it for free

Big Government

Ramapough Lanape Nation Told What It Can Do With Land It Owns

Remember…  The Ramapough Lenape Nation owns this land.

That’s important.

Township officials say the Ramapough Lenape Nation has ignored municipal summonses accusing it of failing to obtain zoning permits for tepees on tribal land and moving soil without a permit.

And this:

Though owned by the tribe, the only permitted uses on the property are public open space, agricultural uses, single-family homes and municipal facilities, according to township code.

So they own the land, and can only do certain prescribed things with it.

Does that seem just to you?  Because it sure as hell doesn’t to me.

Source: Mahwah to Ramapoughs: Remove tepees immediately

Big Government

The “Right” To Health Insurance

You can’t have a right to that which someone else must provide.  This is called the principle of “duh.”

Here is a thought experiment: You have four children and three apples. You would like for everyone to have his own apple. You go to Congress, and you successfully persuade the House and the Senate to endorse a joint resolution declaring that everyone has a right to an apple of his own. A ticker-tape parade is held in your honor, and you share your story with Oprah, after which you are invited to address the United Nations, which passes the International Convention on the Rights of These Four Kids in Particular to an Individual Apple Each. You are visited by the souls of Mohandas Gandhi and Mother Teresa, who beam down approvingly from a joint Hindu-Catholic cloud in Heaven.

Question: How many apples do you have?

You have three apples, dummy. Three. You have four children. Each of those children has a congressionally endorsed, U.N.-approved, saint-ratified right to an apple of his own. But here’s the thing: You have three apples and four children.

Nothing has changed. Declaring a right in a scarce good is meaningless.

Source: Health Care Rights? Scarcity Is the Controlling Factor | National Review