"You don't have to look around much to see why the average New Yorker is disgusted with State and Federal government and why the 'so called' political class has made a basket-case of the once greatest state in the Country. ... New York's so-called 'political class' is driving this state into the toilet. Crushing income and property taxes pay for sweetheart public employees union compensation deals with the State. The unions, in turn, give money and manpower to re-elect the very same politicians who gave them this deal and everybody benefits -- but the taxpayers." Sound like the Manhattan Institute or a New York Post editorial? Nope, it's the Manhattan Madam.