I don't know about you, but after watching the NY Governor debate last night the Libertarian candidate, Mr. McDermott, was the big surprise!
Mr. Astorino came across as being plastic... He presented nothing that we haven't heard before. While he is against Common Core, he would "replace" CC standards with New York State standards . . . but we've already had NYS standards that didn't help. He would, at best, be another Pataki . . . appealing to more conservative voters, but not fundamentally transformative.
Mr. Hawkins was the big disappointment. Based on the last debate I expected a more intelligent discourse from him, even though I disagree with him on almost everything .... But all I heard was his Utopian wish list . . . and his accent! . . . Where did that come from?
As for Mr. Cuomo ... The state is a mess. The targeted corporate welfare on steroids only spends taxpayer money. It will not create a sustainable economic revival because the structural problems that created NYS' malaise are never addressed (high taxes, over regulation, high utility costs, etc.).
Mr. McDermott nailed both
the Common Core and the Charter Schools issues for me. I know some of my conservative leaning friends will disagree on the Charter Schools issue because Charter Schools create choices for parents. But Charter Schools are still Government Schools. They may create choices for now, but they are tuition-free competition for the truly independent private parochial schools. After the parochial schools get killed off, there will only be government schools -- and they all will be promoting the government's agenda rather than a diversity of thought.
Mr. McDermott is really a long-shot to actually win because he is not of a "major" party. But in this era of three Republican County Executives (including our own) endorsing Democrat Governor Cuomo, are the Republicans really a viable party in New York State anymore? The People have no real choices any more. . . .
Unless they seize power for themselves.
That was Mr. McDermott's overall message last night: Give power back to the People, and they will fix things themselves.
That Idea, is truly something new