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Rockefeller's 100th Birthday
July 8th, 2008

Fiscal watchdog E.J. McMahon marks the 100th birthday of Nelson Rockefeller with a column in the New York Post, arguing that the governor was largely responsible for the fiscal crisis of the 1970s and the mountains of debt that the city still faces today. “In countless ways, New Yorkers are still paying a stiff price for Rocky’s tenure,” McMahon writes.

An accompanying editorial in the Post sums it up this way: “Rocky expanded New York’s parks, low-income housing and mass-transit and highway systems. And he built SUNY into a top public university. But it all had to be paid for.”

The articles are a direct response to a New York Times op-ed by Richard Norton Smith who says that Rockefeller was “a futurist” and “ahead of his time.” “We dont admit it, but were (mostly) Rockefeller Republicans now,” Norton writes.

By on July 8, 2008, 8:06 am
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