New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo expressed his gratitude to the numerous healthcare professionals who answered his call help those stricken by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Empire State by telling them to hand over his cut in the form of income taxes for the period in which they worked there.
"We're not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit," Cuomo said at a Tuesday news conference, according to New York PIX 11, as though his state's deficit was their fault.
"So there's a lot of good things I'd like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I'm gonna spend more money, when I can't even pay the essential services."
So, the Samaritan's Purse medical professionals who volunteered their time and expertise to treat coronavirus patients are suddenly responsible for New York State's poor stewardship?
Late last week, New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson ignobly kicked he nonprofit out of Central Park, where they'd set up their makeshift tented emergency medical facility, similar to a MASH unit.
"It is time for Samaritan's Purse to leave New York City," Johnson said. "This group, which is led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn't in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community."
One has to wonder who the real bigot is. Samaritan's Purse didn't ask what a person's sexual orientation was before becoming a patient. They took in everyone who asked.
Incidentally, New York called Samaritan's Purse — not the other way around, according to Franklin Graham, president of the nonprofit organization.
"They're the ones who called us originally," Graham told Faithwire, referring to officials with the Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. "We didn't call them; they called us."
Making matters worse, Samaritan's Purse charged neither the state nor the city of New York a single dime for meeting the call. They did it as an act of Christian charity during a time of need.
"And we agreed to go and we have not charged them one penny," Graham continued. "All of our services have been paid by God's people."
In addition, those who came to New York from states that also have income taxes will also be legally responsible to pay taxes to their own state on any income they received.
Cuomo also said he'll also try to squeeze the federal government to cover the state shortfall.
"If we don't get more money from Washington, we can't fund schools, right, so at the rate we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need," he said.
Conservative writer, blogger, and television commentator Ben Domenech confirmed that "Any out-of-state resident who's come to the Empire State to work on coronavirus relief is subject to the tax after 14 days here."
No one should be surprised by this. A day earlier Democrats had what they thought was a solution to the shutdown.
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested that Congress "Cancel rent and mortgages," as though the crisis was the fault of landlords and mortgage lenders.
As ridiculous as that suggestion was, Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., thought it was a capital idea.
"We need to cancel rent and cancel mortgages for the duration of this crisis," he tweeted.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had what he believed was a better idea.
"How about we cancel taxes?" he asked, an idea that was met with silence from Omar and Sanders.
Last month, the state of Illinois said it would try to get in on the federal coronavirus gravy train by requesting more than $41.6 billion in relief funds, including $10 billion to bail out Illinois pensions, an idea that the Chicago Tribune believed was "shameless, dishonest."
Democrats always like to portray free market, capitalist Republicans as avaricious money-grubbers, when they're the ones with their hands out shouting, "Show me the money!"
It's almost as though they don't own a mirror.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Michael Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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