Jan 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's grim doomsday budget cuts 23,000 city jobs; Yet another massive screw-up of Bloomberg which will not stick to him.

Mayor Bloomberg's grim doomsday budget cuts 23,000 city jobs

7.6% cut in the city workforce; breaking campaign promises of supporting term limits while overseeing NYSEX plummet creating the cause for breaking term limits; after administrating 7 years of laisez-faire policies in department of buildings caused deaths of nearly a dozen New Yorkers; failed attempt to tax commuting New Yorkers via congestion pricing that would have done nothing to relieve outer-borough traffic; pushed for the Atlantic Yards Nets stadium which has now stalled not because of the emphatic support of the mayor but because downturn in economy started 2 years ago; mid-year budget cuts that killed school programs January 2007; for no apparent reason messing with school busing in the middle of the 2005-2006 school year; spent exorbitant amount of money to a failed attempt to attract the 2012 Olympics (thank goodness we dodged that bullet); has yet to accomplish anything with the rebuilding at ground zero either the freedom tower or the transportation hub;

All of these Bloomberg's Bloopers and yet still he is leading in the polls, Hizzoner is Teflon Don and can do anything without getting tagged without being held accountable to his screw-ups. Why is it that Bloomberg is able to get away with all of this? Is it possible that every bad thing that has happened under his administration is fault of someone else while every good thing came straight out his butt? MBA Presidents or MBA Mayors can't seem to hold themselves to account to anything, and is unwilling to admit any mistake.

Another Conneticut politician gets free home renovations and is caught

In 2005 Governor Rowland was caught for having a vacation home built in return for state contract to the contractor. Yesterday Hartford Mayor Perez received home renovations for half the cost by a contractor who believed "would be blackballed as a contractor in the city" if he did not do the renovations free, prosecutors said he told them.
Blago in Illinois left office for attempting sell Obama's Senate seat and a barrel full of corruption charges; NY Governor Spitzer left due to sexual scandal, NY State Comptroller left because misuse of his office's resources; North Dakota was deemed the most corrupt state based on indictments per capita. In large part the citizens' apathy is the reason why the moral bankrupt keep getting elected. If 300 million Americans became citizen-activists and knew their elected officials (not just the president) as well as became full participants in government there wouldn't be nearly as many corrupt elected officials.
Full participation of informed citizens is of course a pipe dream, but even if a third of the American public citizen-activists the other two thirds would benefit from having a higher quality of elected officials, and only a third of the country is actually achievable.

Jan 29, 2009

Blago Unanimously voted out of office

The end of Governor Blagovich came to an end with a unanimously voted out of office by the Illinois State Senate.

Jan 11, 2009

Danny Dromm: The Next City Councilman from the 25th District

I'm sad to say that I do not live in the 21st 25th City Council District, because if I did I would be a proud voter for Daniel Dromm. Not only is he a Democratic District Leader who will promote progressive policy he brings a lifetime of experience as a community activist, educator, and a union activist. The good news is that Dromm as a city councilman will benefit not only his district but Queens, the Democratic party, and the council itself, as well as the rest of the city. I encourage anyone living Jackson Heights, parts of Woodside and Elmhurst that lives in the 21st 25th District should vote for Daniel Dromm in the September 8th Democratic primary.

I've known Danny for only a couple of years, but I whole heartily believe his voice certainly needs to be in the city council.

Here is a picture I took at his community fundraiser at Novo Restaurant yesterday, so I've already put my money where my mouth is, and will expect to be putting knuckles to doors this June for petitioning.