Friday, January 2, 2015

Mario Cuomo — 1932-2015

From the New York Times:

Mario M. Cuomo, the three-term governor of New York who commanded the attention of the country with a compelling public presence, a forceful defense of liberalism and his exhaustive ruminations about whether to run for president, died on Thursday at his home in Manhattan. He was 82.

His family confirmed the death, which occurred only hours after Mr. Cuomo’s son Andrew M. Cuomo was inaugurated in Manhattan for a second term as governor.

Mario Cuomo led New York during a turbulent time, 1983 through 1994. His ambitions for an activist government were thwarted by recession. He found himself struggling with the State Legislature not over what the government should do but over what programs should be cut, and what taxes should be raised, simply to balance the budget.

Listen to what he said over thirty years ago.  It is still true today.

2 barks and woofs on “Mario Cuomo — 1932-2015

  1. I thought he was the most remarkable man. His eloquence simply blew me away and I longed for him to run for President. He may have been wise to quit while he was ahead, however. The Times today reminded me of his quick response to Reagan’s blather about “the shining city on the hill”. Cuomo said, “Mr. Reagan, America is more about a Tale of Two Cities”. And it’s still true today.

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