What seems to be escaping your scrutiny in Albany is the obvious beginning of a plan to elect Mario Cuomo president of the United States in 1992.
The plan goes like this:
Run New York into horrible deficit.
Blame it on the federal government.
Get re-elected governor in 1990.
"Discover" two days after election that we have a $1 billion deficit.
Make the "tough" decisions to fire lots of low-level employees and disrupt their lives and those of their families.
Withdraw large amounts of state revenue sharing from local municipalities and let them raise local taxes to make up the shortfall.
Throw the state into general chaos.
Hope that the voters don't begin a recall movement, and get ready to run for the presidency in 1992.
If this plan is followed carefully, the professional president makers will be able to say things like: "He has the ability to make the tough decisions. Look what he did in New York after the Republican president's administration forced it into a $1 billion deficit. Surely this is the man who can lead the United States out of the economic calamity that it faces."
If Gov. Cuomo had made his "tough decisions" public before the gubernatorial election, we would be anticipating the swearing-in of a conservative governor on Jan. 1. Instead we can look forward to increased local taxes and an absentee governor for the next two years. One wonders if he has ever heard of a guy named Michael Dukakis.
ELMER A. ARNET