Supply-Side Notes 3-30-20

Ralph Benko has a column today that will make you ponder:

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Shortly thereafter I was able to plant the suggestion, through a mutual friend, that Gov. Cuomo name the Empire State Plaza tower building, the tallest skyscraper between NYC and Montreal, in honor of Albany’s beloved, dying, mayor Erastus Corning, 2nd. Cuomo promptly did so. Soon thereafter I got tipped off that Gov. Cuomo was going to be making an appearance at the local PBS affiliate’s telethon.

I volunteered to answer phones that night and, there, handed Mario Cuomo Jude Wanniski’s The Way The World Works. This book had inspired me to enlist in the supply-side revolution. Cuomo took it and remarked, “Hey, I know this book. It’s Jack Kemp’s bible. I’ll read it with interest. Thanks!” At my prompt Jude contacted Cuomo but nothing came of it.

Mario Cuomo went on to serve honorably as governor for three terms even without adopting the supply-side agenda. He is mostly now remembered for an eloquent speech at the 1984 Democratic nominating convention. “A Tale of Two Cities” was a soaring flight of political rhetoric, propelling him to party stardom, and for a long coy flirtation with a presidential run. The Democrats who adopted the supply-side agenda of equitable prosperity, Bill Bradley and Dick Gephardt, rose in national stature.