Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Insane Government Hurts Everyone

Disconnected Spin

Hurts City
Insane claims by Queens Borough President about the economy reported by press as true

Helen Marshall knows that when you are guaranteed reelection without a challenge and the press does not hold you to any standard of reality, you can say any nonsense a publicist writes and get it published in the City's newspapers. When the press behaves like parrots they not only allow the elected officials to escape blame, they destroy themselves and the City by not allowing the public a voice to induce politicians to come up with real plans to rebuild the City’s economic base, beyond  political spin. Like an old fashion pressure-cooker, you need to allow the system to correct itself or the anger and hurt with nowhere to go, will blow it apart.

The reality that the City has relied too much on Wall Street for its financial base is never ever discussed or acted on in a way that might correct the problem. The spinning press will help incumbents win reelection in 2009, but will not be able to reduce the growing anger by the public about how they have been hurt by their leaders. The anger at Madoff not being locked up and the anger the public displayed last night at the MTA fare increase hearing, is only the beginning of the type of sentiment that will cause people and businesses to leave the city in droves if the public feels that it is not being addressed beyond political spin and condescension by electeds. We need leadership to change the way this city operates. Obama will give us that leadership on Tuesday to begin repairing our country. Spin will not repair the damage done to this city by election officials who have wantonly used and destroyed this, our economic powerhouse that past generations of New Yorkers have built.

More on the Press Reporting on Marshall’s State of the Borough Speech
"By turns a campaigner, cheerleader and comforter, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall tried Tuesday to soothe fears of a crippling, close-to-home financial crisis in her annual State of the Borough address." - Daily News

“We can create jobs, we can build housing and we can boost businesses. Naysayers beware, we will move forward,” Helen Marshall, Queens BP

Marshall has offered up false hope by claiming that there would be no cutbacks in city services. She has even claimed that the city has the resources to reduce fire response times, oppose changes to Meals on Wheels to reduce costs, oppose any cutbacks in senior services and add more bus routes in Eastern Queens. She will be reelected this year without a primary. She may not even have a general election challenge.


City Hall Between the Lines of Tomorrow’s State of the City Speech *** MIKE TALKS JOBS TODAY *** It’s Official: Thompson Is Running for Mayor *** In his State of the City address today, Mayor Bloomberg will call for a nine-point plan to create 400,000 jobs over the next six years *** City Has Plan to Resell Foreclosed Homes *** City gets 24M to buy & sell foreclosures *** Scaling back the housing plans *** N.Y.'s public housing residents demand - and deserve - a greater voice *** Stadium Battle Turns Into A Beanball War *** Yankees President Defends Deal With City Over New Stadium *** Hearing on Bonds for Yankee Stadium Gets Testy *** Riders Rail Against MTA SOUND OFF OVER FARE HIKES *** MTA Hears Riders’ Reaction to Plans for Service Changes: They’re Angry *** Ratchet down Yards arena, Marty urges *** Marty: Atlantic Yards No Longer 'economically feasible' *** What the Heck's Going On in Williamsburg's CB 1? (It Has Something To Do With the Bike Lane, But . . . ) *** Work is beginning this winter on the Pier 1 portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park. Brooklyn Eagle *** 2nd Hudson Rail Tunnel Clears Key Federal Hurdle *** Virgin Megastore in Times Square to Be Replaced by Forever 21 *** Police Examine Spike In Bank Robberies.

Albany GOV TIPS EARLY PICK *** Two-Ton Tony loses his lu-lu *** "Albany's Corruption Swamp" Democrats Organize Senate, Will They Honor Promises? - Stern *** Queens’ Smith Takes Key State Role *** Clock Ticking On Senate Recount *** Newsday calls on Paterson to "scrap" the structure of the Public Integrity Commission and "start fresh" *** State Pulls Plug on Wireless Network.

"Governor Paterson is poised to appoint Caroline Kennedy to the position, which will be the first major result of the Bloomberg-Paterson alliance, a union of unequals, based on incumbency and mutual ambition." - Henry Stern

Judging the Judges Post: CHIEF-JUDGE INJUSTICE - Judge Lippman picked because of friendship with Speaker Silver, his major competition, Judge Jones, hurt because of his ruling against the TWU during the strike *** The Making of Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge.

Washington Most Memorable Presidential Goodbyes *** Obama Meets With Conservatives (And Liberals) Ahead Of Inauguration *** Obama Meets With Lefty Media Pundits *** Obama Also Met With Liberal Columnists *** Nancy Pelosi wants you to know that Democrats are not pussies *** CALLING ALL AMERICANS TO VOLUNTEER *** TREASURY PICK WILL MAKE IT: O *** Severity of Crisis May Get Geithner Confirmed *** Obama stands by Geithner over tax mistake *** Up next for grilling: Eric Holder *** Obama's inauguration: Your complete guide *** In Obama's official portrait, the eyes have it *** Meet inaugural-party guru *** How to fill a Senate seat - Hertzberg, New Yorker *** The Good, the Bad, and Joe Lieberman - Vanity Fair, Wolcott *** Wall Street Mess MADOFF (STILL) FREE ON BAIL *** Judge Allows Madoff to Remain Free on Bail *** Charities: Madoff pal scammed us *** Our Disappearing Federal Debt *** Rep. Charlie Rangel said he made "a big mistake" at taking on reporters at a press conference five months ago *** Welcome to the White House, Mr. Obama - Karl Rove *** House Set to Pass Child Health Bill ***Democrats Cool on Welcoming Burris *** Obama Privately Guarantees Senate GOP That Remaining $350 Billion Would Be Spent On Housing Crisis... *** Democrats in House Unveil $825 Billion Stimulus Bill *** Senate panel backs Clinton as secretary of state...

Presidential Inauguration Inaugural Moments Seemed Pedestrian at Times - Calvin Woodward, Associated Press *** News Outlets Hope to Capitalize on Inauguration - New York Times *** A Tradition of Inaugural Meals - Los Angeles Times.

Wall Street Meltdown Gannett Announces One-Week, Unpaid Furloughs *** 'Virgin' Sacrifice In Times Square *** EATEN UP BY THE ECONOMY -RESTAURANTS FIAMMA & FOO'S SHUT *** NY Investigates Madoff Chum in Charity Losses *** Feds to Give BoA Billions More for Merrill Deal *** Barnes & Noble cuts nearly 100 corporate jobs *** Manhattan office-property sales sank in 2008 *** Tidy Up the Bailout - Boston Globe *** SoHo's Fiamma, Times Square's Ruby Foo's, Abruptly Close *** Bank Of America Is Back For More After Already Getting $25 Billion In Bailout Funds *** What Did Ruth Madoff Know? *** Foreclosure Filings Up 81% In 2008.

Farewell 2008: That Was The Year That Was - SCHENKLER, Queens Tribune.