New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is quite a guy. First, he put people diagnosed with coronavirus into nursing homes, killing thousands. Now, he’s planning to tax volunteer workers who have come to his state to fight the COVID-19 epidemic, which has hit New York harder than any state in the union. That’s right, even if you aren’t being paid by New York, but are being paid in your home state, you will need to pay New York state taxes. That’s quite a thank you to those risking their own health and lives to help out their fellow man. It is also taxation without representation. This is not an effective way to ensure that volunteers will continue to come to your aid in the future. Apparently, Cuomo doesn’t care.
At a recent news conference, Cuomo stated: “We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit. 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, he’s going to take money from the very same people who the Empire State has asked to come to the American Wuhan to help fight the pandemic. Classy. That’s worse than asking someone to help you move and then demanding they buy the beer. It’s as if someone pulled your daughter out of the way of a speeding vehicle and you asked that person to pay to fix the resulting rip in her coat. On a scale writ large.
Let’s be clear: not taxing volunteers is not the same as providing subsidies, Governor Asshat. The reason your state is $13 billion in the hole is because you have been irresponsible, spending money like a drunken sailor on a 24-hour shore leave. You’ve funded colossal entitlement programs. Your “public servants” (trying not to gag) have been granted massive pension plans. You provide illegal aliens with a variety of “subsidies,” granting them free driver’s licenses, services, and sanctuary in your cities. And the right to vote. I wonder if that has anything to do with the “free” stuff you’ve bestowed upon them.
It is amazing that our political rulers think all money belongs to them, the only ones who don’t produce anything or generate wealth. Ah, but how they love to confiscate it. Criminal. It is preposterous—and entirely immoral—that they so often say things like, “we can’t afford a tax cut.” They should have neither the power to make that decision, nor the gall to utter those proclamations. What if the poor working slob thinks he or she can’t afford to have more of his or her money confiscated?
You can’t afford to give volunteers a break, Gov. Cuomo? Give me a break! You’re taxing my sanity. Of course, that’s not a surprise. You tax everything else, too.