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    [IMc - Corporatist democrats are every bit as damaging to the commonweal as republicans. I wish headline writers would stop using the trite "Whatever-gate.]

    Cuomo-gate: a Nixonian scandal is engulfing New York

    David Sirota

    Amid demands for Cuomo to resign, the governor and his aides are frantically trying to cover up the facts of what happened

    Thu 18 Feb 2021 06.10 EST Last modified on Thu 18 Feb 2021 12.08 EST

    The biggest political scandal in America right now is playing out in New York, where Governor Andrew Cuomo is in a lot of trouble – and rightly so. The Democratic governor did not merely wildly mismanage his state’s response to the Covid emergency, while netting himself a lucrative book deal and an Emmy. He did something worse.

    In the middle of a public health emergency, he used his office to help one of his largest political donors shield itself from legal consequences as 15,000 nursing home residents died from Covid-19 – and then he and his administration underreported that death toll, helping the same donor.

    The Daily Poster and the Guardian had been covering the story for months before it exploded this week. The scandal is a cautionary tale of hubris, megalomania and corruption that left a literal mountain of preventable Covid-19 deaths in its wake. Now we are about to see whether a blue state’s democratic institutions can hold wrongdoers accountable, or whether America’s culture of impunity can once again protect the powerful from facing any consequences at all.

    Amid a cacophony of demands for Cuomo to resign, the governor and his aides are frantically trying to cover up the basic facts of what happened, and that includes launching a Nixonian campaign of intimidation and retribution against Democratic lawmakers who have for months been sounding the alarm.

    Two national news outlets on Wednesday detailed Cuomo’s new campaign of retribution against one lawmaker in his own party who dared to ask questions about constituents and family members who died under Cuomo’s nursing home policies. Cuomo held a press conference to publicly berate the same Democrat, while another New York news outlet reported that other lawmakers are now facing threats.

    For months, these legislators’ questions were ignored by national media that have seemed far more interested in valorizing Cuomo than in reporting inconvenient facts. But those facts are worth reviewing, because they illustrate the direct link between the underreporting of nursing home deaths and the push for corporate immunity.

    They also spotlight the very real human carnage that can result when an imperious, out-of-control politician is unwilling to engage in any contrition, self-reflection or reform.

    Fact 1: Cuomo’s machine raked in $2m from industry group

    Cuomo’s political machine received more than $2m from the Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA), its executives and its lobbying firms. The healthcare industry group also funneled more than $450,000 to members of the New York legislature in 2020.

    The money that flowed from the group to these public officials in the middle of the pandemic was a significant increase from prior years.

    Fact 2: Cuomo helped industry group shield nursing home execs

    Amid New York’s exploding Covid-19 death toll in April 2020, Cuomo’s budget included a provision shielding hospital and nursing home executives from legal consequences if their corporate decisions killed people during the pandemic.

    GNYHA said it “drafted” the provision, which did not merely shield frontline healthcare workers from lawsuits, but also extended such liability protection to top corporate officials who make staffing and safety decisions.

    Critics argued that shielding hospital and nursing home executives from the threat of lawsuits would remove a deterrent to cost-cutting, profit-maximizing decisions that endanger lives. They were ignored.

    Fact 3: Cuomo’s corporate immunity law went national

    Cuomo’s corporate immunity provision was quickly copied and pasted into other states’ laws and into Senate Republican legislation, in near word-for-word fashion. The liability shield spread from New York to other states, even as the New York assemblyman Ron Kim released a report showing that states with liability shields were reporting higher nursing-home death rates during the pandemic.

    To date, 27 states have now shielded nursing homes from lawsuits.

    Fact 4: Cuomo’s immunity law endangered lives, according to the attorney general

    While nursing home executives were enjoying their liability shield, Cuomo’s office was vastly underreporting the number of Covid-19 nursing home deaths, according to a report by the New York attorney general, Letitia James, who is considered a Cuomo ally. That report found that Cuomo administration data had undercounted nursing home deaths by 50%.

    James’ report also showed how Cuomo’s corporate immunity law could result in higher rates of nursing home casualties.

    “The immunity laws could be wrongly used to protect any individual or entity from liability, even if those decisions were not made in good faith or motivated by financial incentives,” noted the report, adding that the provisions “provide financial incentives to for-profit nursing home operators to put residents at risk of harm by refraining from investing public funds to obtain sufficient staffing to meet residents’ care needs, to purchase sufficient PPE for staff, and to provide effective training to staff to comply with infection control protocols during pandemics and other public health emergencies”.

    Fact 5: Cuomo’s top aide admitted withholding info

    Cuomo’s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted that Cuomo’s administration not only withheld information about nursing home deaths, but did so in order to pre-emptively avoid political and legal consequences.

    “We were in a position where we weren’t sure if what we were going to give to the Department of Justice, or what we give to [state legislators], and what we start saying, was going to be used against us,” DeRosa told New York legislators last week.

    DeRosa’s father, brother and sister are employed at one of the lobbying firms that represents GNYHA, the healthcare industry group that funneled millions to Cuomo’s political machine and spearheaded the corporate immunity law.

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    In the last few days, Cuomo has refused to apologize or support any serious effort to fix things. Instead, he is deploying his political machine against Democratic legislators who have been bravely demanding answers.

    For instance, when the Democratic state senator Alessandra Biaggi said she was concerned about a potential link between GNYHA campaign cash and Cuomo’s corporate immunity law, Cuomo deployed his spokesperson to attack her.

    “Immunity during the pandemic for hospitals and nursing home workers was passed in the budget with a majority of the senator’s senate and assembly colleagues voting for it, many of them taking contributions from the healthcare interests that were affected,” said the Cuomo staffer. “While she is damning her fellow legislators with wild assertions, the governor is not influenced by contributions and has never been. On the merits, different immunity laws were passed by states all over the country, as well as the federal government.”

    Left unsaid: Cuomo’s immunity legislation became the basis for other states’ own immunity laws.

    Similarly, CNN and the New York Times are reporting on allegations that Cuomo made enraged threats against Kim, the Democratic lawmaker who chairs the New York assembly’s committee on ageing. And CNN reports that “threats were made against those who are considering a vote [for Kim’s legislation] to strip Cuomo of his emergency powers” after recent revelations of Cuomo withholding casualty information from government officials. (A senior Cuomo adviser has now released a statement denying those threats and questioning Kim’s credibility.)

    Kim’s uncle died of presumed Covid-19 in a nursing home. He told the Daily Poster that the public must understand that the undercounting of nursing home deaths and the corporate immunity law are not two separate issues – they are part of one large scandal in which New York’s governor prioritized protecting his political sponsors rather than the public interest.

    Noting that lawmakers were considering legislation in August to rescind corporate immunity, Kim said Cuomo’s moves to hide information deprived lawmakers of necessary information at precisely the time they could have reformed the law to hold nursing home companies accountable.

    “If they shared all the data, we would have passed different policies,” Kim said. “We would have went in a different direction. We could have repealed legal immunity entirely. If we had the full data set, I think we had a much stronger argument to repeal.”

    But the data was not forthcoming. It was hidden, which ended up serving the interests of the lobby group that dumped more than $2m into Cuomo’s political machine. That machine is now being deployed to vilify Kim, Biaggi and other Democrats who dare to demand answers about their constituents who were killed by Covid.

    This burgeoning scandal and cover-up evokes memories of Nixon’s enemies list, and his infamous declaration that “when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.”

    Four decades later, the Biden justice department, state law enforcers and Albany legislators will now decide whether that same ideology of lawlessness and impunity will continue to extend not only to nursing home and hospital executives who have avoided consequences for a gruesome Covid death toll, but also to the state governor who helped them get away with it.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commenti...hZlAS8Pb_Cw08k

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    This is deep dark red meat to Trumptards. I can't tell you how many SoCal RWW I encounter once they hear my New York Accent immediately say "Oh and how about that awful governor you have in NY". In the next breath they proclaim how they have to recall Newsom. It's a immediate dead give away tell what they are about.

    To which I always respond the same way : "let me guess you voted for Trump correct" ?
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    D@mn it! With all the lies spread by the Trumpsters, the last thing we all need is to feed them a piece of truth like this. If this is true, and it looks like it is, he's toast.
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    Good, I’m ready for the extremists on BOTH sides to be banished.
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    Cuomo is not an extremist. He's a corporatist, establishment democrat.

    Cuomo is being pursued by other democrats, both establishment and progressive, who figure honest and competent government matters. I have no problem with exposing democrats who do wrong.

    And therein lies the difference between democrats and republicans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Cuomo is not an extremist. He's a corporatist, establishment democrat.
    just like biden. . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian McColgin View Post
    Cuomo is not an extremist. He's a corporatist, establishment democrat.
    I'd say there is a good argument to be made that being "a corporatist, establishment democrat" IS an extreme, even radical, position. Such a position (which many politicians on all sides largely share) embodies the foundational belief that government exists to serve corporate interests rather than the common welfare.

    Until we recognize that it IS, in fact, a radical and extreme position to take, we're not likely to change it.

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    As John Oliver has said, he ha any number of reasons not to like Andrew Cuomo before, but his early Covid activities cast him in a favorable light. Now he will have another reason to dislike him again.

    It will be interesting to see if this costs Cuomo more than Cruz's Mexico joyride will cost him.
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    you go tom!

    five page thread at least

    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    I'd say there is a good argument to be made that being "a corporatist, establishment democrat" IS an extreme, even radical, position. Such a position (which many politicians on all sides largely share) embodies the foundational belief that government exists to serve corporate interests rather than the common welfare.

    Until we recognize that it IS, in fact, a radical and extreme position to take, we're not likely to change it.

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    " America's culture of impunity".

    Says it all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WI-Tom View Post
    I'd say there is a good argument to be made that being "a corporatist, establishment democrat" IS an extreme, even radical, position. Such a position (which many politicians on all sides largely share) embodies the foundational belief that government exists to serve corporate interests rather than the common welfare.

    Until we recognize that it IS, in fact, a radical and extreme position to take, we're not likely to change it.

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    As a New Yorker, one thing I would like to point out is that this current investigation was set off by a Democrat, and continues in a truly bi-partisan way. Say what you will about Cuomo, his own party has clearly put the well-being of New Yorkers ahead of allegiance to the leader of their party. This, of course, stands in sharp contrast to the recent efforts of the national Republican Party.

    If the New York Republican Party would nominate a centrist candidate like Charlie Baker of MA, they would stand an excellent chance of winning the next election. Knowing the NYRP, they won’t, and they won’t.

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    A second former aide has now accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.

    Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation (msn.com)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stiletto View Post
    " America's culture of impunity".

    Says it all.

    Any more it seems to be more about a culture of buffoonery...

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    It seems to me it might be well to start over. Present situation seems a croc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CWSmith View Post
    A second former aide has now accused Cuomo of inappropriate behavior.

    Stefanik renews call for Cuomo to resign amid new sexual harassment accusation (msn.com)
    And of course Stefanik is all over it. What is with the folks who elected her?
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    A noble idea; let's get all the facts before we hang him.?
    Now he's gone. If only he'd be forgotten.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Woodward View Post
    Other than the urban areas, New York State is deeply rural Republican. The Dem that opposed her the last two cycles only garnered 30%. Sleaze is an overtly ambitious career politician and has hitched her star to the trump party.
    Agreed on both counts.
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    It was obvious from the beginning that sending the patients back to the nursing homes was a bad idea.
    I liked the line about being a deterrent to cost cutting. Sending the sick back to the nursing home was cost cutting. A nursing home bed is cheaper than a hospital bed.

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    Cuomo will not be undone by his covid response. Tish James is going to get him for sexual harassment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David W Pratt View Post
    It was obvious from the beginning that sending the patients back to the nursing homes was a bad idea.
    its so telling Republicans only have this one line about covid to repeat over and over. It was obvious from the beginning.... but none of them have the receipts.

    Cuomo was only a “hero” because Trump was such a brutal psychopathic moron. My dogs turds look good by comparison to the Trump family.

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    I’ve heard enough. Off with his head(not literally scot). Let’s lead by example.
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