Governor Cuomo, how about you decide.
Your father was famous for being indecisive. I bet he needed months to come up with your name.
He could not decide whether he should run for the White House. He was so slow about it one cartoonist created a parody of the play Waiting for Godot. Your dad was…guess who.
Another cartoonist depicted the presidential inauguration. Complete with Supreme Court Chief Justice, the new president, assembled guests. Off to one side stood your dad, facing the crowd. He was saying something like “I have now begun to give due diligence to pondering whether the time has come for me to give consideration to the possibility of the question of…”
So I guess you learned a lot at your father’s feet. We think this because you have dithered over the issues of fracking. You come up with one excuse, then another. Then another.
You tell business leaders privately that you will push for fracking. Later you tell a similar group you are afraid of the legislators. You say if you lift the ban on fracking they will then ban it. And thereby embarrass you.
You say you are waiting for this report. Then that report. You are impressed that nearly 30 states allow and prosper from fracking. With few, if any problems to public health. But then you say you need more time.
Your spokesman denies you are holding off on the decision for political reasons. Which probably means you are holding off for political reasons.
This is easy to understand. You want to get re-elected. You want to maybe take a shot at the White House. So you are being cautious. Super cautious.
Lots of New Yorkers demand you lift the ban. Lots of New Yorkers demand you keep it. Some political guys think you will do both. That is, you will approve fracking. But you will smother it with restrictions. So that no sane fracker will dare to try it in the state.
I have to wonder how long it took you to pop the question to your wife-to-be. I wonder if you have to ask her what you eat for breakfast.
The point is this: We elected you to make decisions. Popular ones. Unpopular ones. Yes, weigh the arguments for and against. Yes, consider whether you will get barbequed over your decision. But dammit, decide!
You are messing with people’s lives. And with their prosperity. You know Southern Tier folks can gain some needed oxygen from fracking. You know fracking will likely bring billions to your budget. Lord knows we could use them.
You also know thousands of your supporters will turn against you. If you lift the ban. And if you don’t.
Gov, nothing is likely to change. You have gathered a mountain of data and argument for and against. So decide already.
If this is a preview of how decisive you would be in the White House, I shudder. You’d be three years in residence before you decide if your bedroom should get a coat of paint.
You would be giving us your inauguration speech in July. Your budgets would be two years late.
When the Chief Justice asked “Do you swear to uphold…” you would answer “I’m thinking. I’m thinking.”
Enough thinking, Gov. Flip a coin. Ask your dog. Consult a palm reader. Study some tea leaves. Phone your astrologer. Measure the hair on the wooly caterpillar. But for the sake of the people of New York, how about you decide.
And don’t even think about asking your dad.
From Tom...as in Morgan.