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Obama and Cuomo-2 speeches-echoes and parallels; Obama and the Birth of Cuomo-ism: Are these Democrats Really Becoming More Business Friendly?

January 13, 2011
The major theme that the private sector will be the engine behind fiscal recovery? Check.

A warning that our economy is at a crossroads? The promise of government consolidations? An observation that our proud past sets an example for a bright future? Check, check and check.

If you watched President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night with a copy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Jan. 5 State of the State speech in hand, you could have made a parlor game of underlining the numerous echoing passages.

Granted, Cuomo didn’t need to deal with foreign policy, and Obama remained mum on the incarceration of juvenile offenders. But consider the similar arguments on issues such as government spending:

Cuomo: “The state of New York spends too much money — is that blunt and it is that simple.”

Obama: ” … We have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable.”

On plans for streamlined government:

Cuomo: “We are going to have to reinvent government. We are going to have to reorganize the agencies. We are going to redesign our approach because the old way wasn’t working anyway, let’s face it.”

Obama: “We need to think bigger. In the coming months, my administration will develop a proposal to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government in a way that best serves the goal of a more competitive America.”

Are these and other points of overlap particularly surprising? Both leaders are Democrats – of a similar age – who attempt to balance traditional Democratic views, with very liberal social views, with a strong self-preservationist streak that at times has alienated those on the left – their strongest base. Cuomo is banking the success of much of his agenda on outreach to New York’s business community, while in the months since the midterm election Obama has sent signs that the rest of his first term will be devoted to boosting private job creation. Too bad it took Obama 2 years and fiscal disaster to figure that out considering the only thing he’s done so far for jobs is create more government ones, only to harm the already suffering tax payer with this additional burden. As for Cuomo, he  just took office, but lets not forget that he has been sitting idly by in the AG’s office the last 4 years while his fellow Democrats have run wild in NY State like Obama, Pelosi, and Reid have in D.C. Cuomo certainly could have spoke out but chose rather to stay largely quiet, in such a self serving manner as to further insure the ease of his accendency to Governor.

The parallels between the speeches also reflect the broad nature of the challenges facing states like New York. Cuomo isn’t the only governor grappling with chunky deficits and flagging revenues, and Obama will take the core of his private-sector pitch — delivered Friday at General Electric in Schenectady (see more on that in 2 of our other posts), with Cuomo in attendance — on the road to hard-pressed states. On Wednesday, that effort brought him to an energy company in Wisconsin, and as Obama begins his 2012 campaign (make no mistake he has) that is a state he hopes to carry.

Cuomo has used the same strategy in the three weeks since the State of the State, delivering a road-show version of the address to audiences in Jamestown, Watertown and Poughkeepsie.

The governor, who watched Obama’s speech at the governor’s mansion with a few aides, released a statement Tuesday evening that yoked their efforts together. “Promoting private sector job growth through economic development and restrained government spending is the right tactic to put our country on the right track,” Cuomo said. ” … I look forward to working with him and our federal representatives to tackle the sizeable challenges facing New York state and our country.”

Obama and the Birth of Cuomo-ism: Are the Democrats Really Becoming More Business Friendly?

Obama broke records raising money from Wall Street, notwithstanding his anti-business rhetoric. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) even has some believing that he will be good for business. Is it for real, or is Clinton era triangulation back in style? Find out as Timothy Carney of the Washington Examiner visits The Bottom Line.  CLICK HERE

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