Friday, December 31, 2010
In case you haven't noticed, the real reason for New York City's "snow removal" effort is that there isn't any snow removal equipment.
When it snows in New York they strap snow plow blades on the front of garbage trucks, and call that "snow removal".
Of course all the garbage trucks can do is push the snow around, from one end of the block to the other, burying and often denting and scratching cars parked on the side of the street.
Under the administration of Giuliani-Bloomberg Inc., the City has been busy
-"cooking its books" to pretend its budget is balanced, by omitting to include appropriate reserves for purchases and infrastructure maintenance
-encouraging developers to build more and more large buildings to house the wealthiest people and corporations in the world;
-making war on the public school system in hopes of privatizing it and turning it over to their wealthy friends;
-conducting "pretend" antiterrorist games, such as assigning a large number of police officers to perform random bag checks at a single subway station, thereby greatly deterring terrorists since a suicide bomber wouldn't walk, drive, or ride 3 or 4 blocks away to enter the subway system at a different stop;
-encouraging chainstores to drive out neighborhood stores;
-swelling the ranks of (a) Arab sheikhs (b) billionaires (c) yuppies (d) poor people (e) mentally ill people receiving no treatment (f) homeless people, and on and on.
So it's plain to see why there's no time or money for the parasites who run New York to sit down for two minutes and arrange to actually remove some of the snow.
And of course Bloomberg is the first to get on the news and accuse the poor sanitation workers of not pushing the snow onto people's parked cars fast enough. He would not think of his own lack of planning -- despite having had 3 terms of office -- as a possible cause.
The sociopathic parasites who are destroying our city are what need to be removed.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
As you know, enormously crucial decisions are being made in Washington now which will impact the future of our country for decades. Please join me for an interactive discussion on issues ranging from how we protect Social Security for our kids and grandchildren, to how we create the millions of new jobs we desperately need to how we address the deficit crisis in a fair and progressive way.
Sign up to join me for DFA Live on Tuesday, December 7th, at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
In terms of Social Security, let's be very clear. Social Security has not added one dime to either the federal deficit or the national debt. In fact, Social Security is running a $2.6 trillion surplus that is projected to grow to over $4 trillion by the year 2023. The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office has estimated that even if no changes are made, Social Security will be able to pay full benefits to every eligible American until the year 2039. In other words, Social Security is not in crisis.
Meanwhile, the Republicans in Congress, who claim to be so concerned about our large deficit want to extend Bush's massive tax breaks to the wealthiest 2% of Americans -- which will add, over a ten year period, $700 billion to our national debt. Given the fact that we already have the most unequal distribution of income of any major country, this is a totally absurd and irresponsible proposal.
That's why I organized a working group in Congress to provide a real, progressive alternative to the Deficit Commission's recommendations. We can move this country forward in reducing our national debt, but we don't have to do it on the backs of the already suffering middle class and working families of this country.
All and all, there's a lot to talk about and I look forward to a lively discussion with my friends at Democracy for America. Thank you very much for your grassroots activism. Together, we will move this country forward.
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Saturday, December 4, 2010
(Originally posted 12/4/10)
A landmark speech by Senator Bernie Sanders (@senatorsanders on twitter).
Every American citizen should take 13 minutes and watch it.
It makes me wish Bernie Sanders were our President.
There is nothing I can say that will do it justice, so just watch it: