We can have universal pre-K without raising taxes

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Now, before I discuss why President Obama’s policies are continuing to give Americans headaches, I want to address comments many of my fellow Republicans made about my announcement that I would support Cuomo in his upcoming re-election bid. Many of you expressed disappointment that I wasn’t inclined to support whomever the State Republican Party decides to back.

I support the governor because I believe he has the state headed back in the right direction. He has promoted sound economic policies, the property tax cap remains in place and there are new jobs in innovative and high-tech sectors.

Do I support all of his policies? No. Remember, the late Mayor Ed Koch said you should see a psychologist if you agreed with him on everything. For example, I don’t believe Cuomo should have said that conservative New Yorkers don’t have a place in our state. He probably regrets it, and it’s not the first time a politician has overstated something.

But I believe he has done a good job over the past four years, and I’m pleased to support him again.

In Washington, meanwhile, things seem to be getting worse and worse for the president. According to a Fox News poll, an alarming 74 percent of Americans believe the country is still in a recession, and 62 percent are dissatisfied with the way things are going.

These statistics reflect increasing dismay over Obama’s biggest accomplishment, Obamacare, now marred by a different controversy every week. Last week’s issue was that Medicaid eligibility has expanded dramatically. As it expands, so does the federal government’s promise to pick up the tab for higher costs for the first few years until states eventually assume a portion of the increase.

Obamacare has been nothing short of a disaster. And you wonder why people are fed up with the Obama administration? Oy vey!

Al D’Amato, a former U.S. senator from New York, is the founder of Park Strategies LLC, a public policy and business development firm. Comments about this column? ADAmato@liherald.com.

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