The late Daniel P Moynihan, who'd later become US Senator, kicked off controversy many years ago with his use of the phrase, in another context, "benign neglect." Now here's Mitchell Moss, professor at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, in a NYT op-ed piece published over the weekend that might not earn him any invitations to address the Unadilla Chamber of Commerce:
"The entire state cannot survive if we continue to act as if all 62 counties can flourish. Yet that's how our political and fiscal systems work -- as upstate shrinks, it commands a higher and higher per capita chunk of the state budget....Across the Midwest and Great Plains, state governments have allowed towns with a proud past but no discernible future to fade away. New York must do the same."