Cuomo’s State of the State was all about 2020

Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State Address removed any lingering doubts: His 2020 presidential campaign is on.

The gov spent much of his 92-minute speech accusing Washington of an “attack” on New York. He again railed against the federal tax-cut law, which means pain for high-end earners in high-tax states like New York — and so threatens the golden geese that liberal pols love to fleece.

But that wasn’t all. Cuomo also blamed Washington for looking to cut everything a good progressive cherishes: women’s rights, government-funded health care, equality, environmental protections . . .

“Our federal government is working to roll back so much of what we have done,” he charged. He even accused the feds of “furthering division” among Americans, calling that a “cancer on the body politic.”

And Cuomo spelled out who he blames for the misery: The flag behind President Trump’s desk contains the words “e pluribus unum” (out of many, one), he noted before chiding, “To find the way forward, the president only needs to turn around.”

Never fear, though; it’s Capt. Cuomo to the rescue: “In the immortal words of John Paul Jones, we have not yet begun to fight.”

Of course, it’s easier to point fingers at Trump & Co. than to deal with Albany’s own problems — a $4 billion (at least) deficit in the coming budget, broken subways that lack funds for “emergency” repairs, the nation’s heaviest tax burden . . .

Not to mention how upstate’s become an economic wasteland.

Fiscal woes left Cuomo with only a few small-ball, feel-good bromides to toss out: expanding his free-tuition program, “investing” in health care, passing a state Dream Act.

But New Yorkers want real things: better schools, lower taxes, trains that run. Too bad their governor has his eyes on “higher” goals.


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