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Michael Bloomberg must not run for mayor on the Republican line.
Sunday's NY Post David Seifman "Inside City Hall" column states that Bloomberg is sending out robo-calls saying how close Bloomberg is to Barack Obama's policies. Mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson was stunned.
Yes, New York City is a Democrat town. Barack Obama is a Democrat. Perhaps Bloomberg feels that he has to do this. Or perhaps Bloomberg just quite simply really is a Democrat and has been all along.
Ultimately, Obama's policies are a disaster for New York City. Obama has no love of Wall Street. The rich are all greedy -- their money must be confiscated and redistributed through killing taxes.
Monday's "El Rushbo to New York: Drop Dead" should be read in its entirety. Limbaugh is based in both Florida and New York City, but he's thinking of eliminating his NYC operations and moving to a no-income-tax state like...Texas!
"When I am there working I pay whatever, you know, my rate is based on income for that day in New York. And I try to go as little as possible. If it weren't for hurricanes down here, I would never go up there. New York is the escape valve in case hurricanes are showing up in our area, because of the loss of electricity. So I'll tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to look for an alternative studio somewhere outside New York, perhaps Texas -- another no-income-tax state -- and I'm going to get the hell over there, when a hurricane starts coming our way, 'cause I told Mayor Bloomberg: I'll be the first to lead the way. You know, this is just... I'll sell my apartment. I'll sell my condominium. I'm going to get out of there totally, 'cause this is just absurd, and it's ridiculous -- and it isn't going to work. It's punishing the achievers for the mistakes and the lack of discipline on the part of a bunch of corrupt politicians that have run that city and state into the ground for I don't know how many years -- and I, for one, am not going to take the blame for it."
When will the New York Daily News call for a New York State Constitutional Convention?
Sunday's NY Daily News has a long lead story and a lead editorial on the dysfunction in Albany. Tell me something I don't know!
The editorial promises: "New York deserves much better. Over the coming days, we will lay out a reform agenda, calling for specific actions in areas ranging from redistricting to establishing a muscular, independent investigative authority."
Nothing says top-to-bottom reform like a Constitutional Convention. I've suggested that here many times. The Daily News can start the fire of true reform. Or it can make suggestions that will never come close to being implemented.
Rest in peace, Ron Silver. He was born in Manhattan and was a true New Yorker.
How you can support Rudy Giuliani, George W. Bush, and then vote for Barack Obama I'll never know!
Ron Silver, 62, Persuasive Actor and Activist, Dies
Eliminate the borough presidents, already!
Sunday's New York Daily News has a story along with this editorial: "Useless wastes: Borough presidents don't do much except spend tax money."
I've said that the office needed to be changed (or eliminated) when I ran for Manhattan Borough President in 2005. I've said here before that the Republican Party should run candidates vowing to eliminate the positions.
It's long, long long overdue during this Great Recession to cut wasteful government spending. The "Public Advocate" must go, too.
The Republican Party should take this editorial to heart and ask the New York Daily News and New York Post to officially endorse its office-eliminating candidates.
"So to argue that what I'm putting in here is a dramatic change of the law, is going to somehow muzzle Rush Limbaugh, it's not the case. What we're suggesting is that it is best that we follow the guidelines already in the law to promote and encourage diversity in media ownership."
This is not an effort to muzzle Rush Limbaugh? Gimme a break!
The war on (conservative) talk radio has just begun. The Fairness Doctrine was voted down in the Senate; that would have required some "talk police" to balance every conservative and liberal statement 50-50. However, Senator Dick Durbin's "diversity" proposal passed. In practice, it will be even more destructive of conservative talk radio--Durbin's one true aim.
Surely it would be easier for President Obama to bolt if he had political cover. And who better to give it than those representing Turtle Bay in Washington? Back in 2001, New York's senators were outspoken. Sen. Chuck Schumer praised President Bush's Durban boycott, saying: "He's absolutely right . . . I am just furious with the UN." Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton called the UN's actions "criminal."
---NEW YORK POST, "America's Durban Disgrace, February 25, 2009
New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand must both tell President Barack Obama that the UN's new "Durban II" anti-Israel hatefest must be boycotted. The time to act is now. The method is to be public and vocal about it, in no uncertain terms.
It is clear that "Durban II" will be even worse than "Durban I." Libya, Iran and Cuba all have prominent positions in this new "human rights" conference. Participation by the United States will indicate that it accepts a hateful agenda.
Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, please do the right thing. Now!
Why soak the "millionaires"? That's where the money is!
In Sunday's Washington Post, it's stated that President Obama will increase taxes on the wealthy. New York State wants a "millionaire's" tax. Many members of the New York City Council also want to soak the "rich."
It's a triple whammy on anyone who still has money. It's a big "GET OUT OF TOWN" sign from New York to its wealthiest citizens, and maybe a "GET OUT OF THE COUNTRY" sign as well.
The top 1% of all earners already pay about 40% of everybody's taxes. If there's a tax limit where someone is paying 50%, 60%, 70% or more of every extra dollar to the government, that person is going to quit making more money. It ain't worth it. Government collections go down.
Chuck Schumer (who's Jewish) brings us the stimulus/porkulus/spendulus quote-of-the-day.
Personally, Chuck, I'd rather have lower taxes and more money in my pocket. I also want to turn over the world to my young daughter with assets rather than debts.
SCHUMER: AMERICANS DON'T MIND A LITTLE PORK
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Thirteen Broadway shows have closed within the last month, including spectacles like “Spamalot,” “Hairspray,” “Spring Awakening” and “Young Frankenstein.” The last thing New York City needs is for ticket prices to go higher and more of the Great White Way to go dark. -- New York Times editorial, February 6, 2009.
Just as Broadway is dying, New York State proposes a new 8% theater ticket tax.
Tourists are suckers! They'll be happy to pay $800 for a hotel room and $150 a seat for a Broadway show during a depressed economy! New York State has a budget deficit--hey, why don't we kill off Broadway and all tourism to New York City?
Why is government still in the apartment business?
The late, lamented (by me) New York Sun preached against rent regulation from its first issue to its last. The Democrat-led Assembly has just passed strong anti-landlord legislation, bringing rent regulation back in a big way. There's a good chance that the Urstadt law will be repealed and landlords will be at the mercy of Christine Quinn's political ambitions.
Hasn't this economic downturn taught us anything? New York government has long been corrupt, and now it's bankrupt. You don't want New York government running anything.The free, unregulated real estate market has worked just fine in almost every other city in the country.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg ("Mayor Tax Increase") wants to increase New York City's sales tax, already one of the highest in the nation. Shock!
Is anyone keeping tabs on Bloomberg's tax increases? Could someone add them all up? That's the way to get New York out of the recession--HIGHER TAXES FOR EVERYONE!
Today's New York Times article doesn't even mention MTA's proposed "mobility tax" and tolls on all the East River crossings.
Why wasn't this proposed sales tax increase mentioned in this month's state of the city address? Bloomberg mentioned detailed programs to go after the squeegee men. Why not mention the planned tax increases that will hurt all New Yorkers?
"Today, I’ll outline a nine-point plan that will allow us to retain and create as many jobs as possible now and 400,000 jobs over the next six years, in all five boroughs."--Michael Bloomberg's State of the City address.
400,000 jobs in six years? How's that gonna happen? And, since the next mayor will be elected for four years (not six years), does that mean Bloomberg's going to run for a fourth term?
Government shouldn't be creating any jobs. Private industry should be creating jobs. Government should be getting out of the way by offering a low-tax environment. Isn't New York City government shedding jobs, just like every other employer in this economy?
Are municipal bonds the world's largest Ponzi scheme? Is 2009 the year that it all comes crashing down, as cities and states default? (Do they have any choice?)
Muncipals bonds, in theory, are perfectly legitimate. However, as municipalities became addicted to debt and unwilling to raise taxes, selling off the distant future to pay for the present and near future sounded pretty good to politicians. This all brings us to creatures like the MTA, needing new bonds to pay off the old bonds. Forget about transportation, its stated purpose.
Two recent articles are about the New York Yankees' misuse of municipal bonds, and one article in Saturday's NY Times deserves a look.
You look like a smart person who wants to earn a little money in these tough times. Wanna buy a municipal bond?
Triple tax free. Guaranteed income. New York, California--trust me, they're not gonna go out of business.
'This year you should worry about bonds," wrote John Crudele in the January 6th New York Post. "You say you don't own any. Well, that doesn't really matter because if the bond market is in a bubble - like I think it is - and it bursts, then the whole economy is going to suffer even greater pain."
Today's New York Times story is titled: "Nationwide Inquiry on Bids for Municipal Bonds." The story touches on New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson's problems, but then casts a nationwide net.