what’s the plan?

Ladies and gentlemen, I need a little help.  There's a nice article in today's Buffalo News that touches on why I feel despair everytime there's a state-wide election.  This is exactly the sort of thing that needs to be discussed.


In what has become a ritualistic path for statewide office seekers the past six years, candidates are talking about the sagging upstate economy – laying blame and staking out possible solutions for a region troubled by continuing population losses and stagnant job growth.

It is a tactic borrowed from the successful campaigns of the likes of George E. Pataki, Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton. All, in their first statewide races, made the upstate economy a searing topic to attack their opponents.

But where will the bold rhetoric and lofty plans be Nov. 8, the day after the contests are decided? 

Every freaking time one of these candidates comes a calling, we hear the same stuff.  It goes something like this:

"I know you've been ignored.  We need to do something.  I'll get you some jobs if only you'll elect me.  We'll turn it around together."

Then, about a year later, this:

"We're trying really hard but the (insert political party here) are stopping things up, so blame them."

When are we going to get a plan that works?  And is there a candidate that can do it?


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