Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Yorkers Have Lost Their Anger, Soul and Cockiness

Culture Change
New Yorkers have lost their anger, soul and cockiness

The increasing power and resources of elected officials, the collapse of the political parties and the
weakness of the press to pressure dysfunctional government that services only lobbyists and their clients has created a permanent ruling class, which has extinguished the trademark New York anger and healthy skepticism that once made this city the center of the world.

A Change in the City’s Culture: Neighborhood Jo(e)
Remember when Jo(e) forced the State to role back planned rent increases for Co-op city? Or took over a firehouse in Brooklyn that the city planned to close? Will anyone ever forget the Jo(e) Queens’ reaction to John Lindsay when the plows never came after a big snow storm? You can remember Jo(e) the cabdriver, he gave you the complete history of American and NY Government and what a bum he thought each politician was before the meter even hit five dollars.

Today City Jo(e) is more like the mother of a child killed by a gun who said after a meeting that she would give New York’s new senator the benefit of the doubt that she would help in the effort to control guns. She's referring to our new 100% NRA-rated senator who sleeps with guns under her bed. Today’s Jo(e) is also more like the middle class who left the city after being pushed out by the developers and lobbyists who pay off the pols. Today’s Jo(e) is more like the parents who year after year send their children to failing schools and don’t vote to remove the pols who created the system that is destroying their children’s future. Today's Jo(e) is the New Yorker who sat silently and passively while his/her own twice-cast vote was summarily ignored and denied by the City Council as it did the Mayor's bidding, passing the term limits extension in spite of polls indicating that the public was against it to the tune of 89%.

The infrastructure that gave old Jo(e) the cab driver his fire and skepticism is gone. He had newspaper competition filled with gutsy reports to keep him informed without the impediment of  today’s public relations filters, which make reporters into happy-talk mouth pieces for those in power. Old Jo(e) had a political machine that needed his vote to survive. All today’s party leaders need is control of who gets on their ballot lines. Old taxi driver Jo(e) did not have the political industrial complex that was created in the 1960’s to control the ways in which the billions in government funds are spent. Old Jo(e) did not have pols who used the government funds (member items) they control to buy support and votes in their communities.

In 2008 change occurred on the federal level because voters were angry at Bush and the Republicans. If New Yorkers do not get mad we will still have dysfunctional city and state governments in New York in 2030, but there will not be much else left.

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"We can't build our economic future on the transportation and information networks of the past." - Barack Obama

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Doubling Down on Afghanistan
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Global Plunge Panics Economists
"If you go back six months or so, there was a hope that some parts of the world will escape the downturn from the US economy," said one economist in London. "That hope has now faded. We're seeing a downturn in virtually every area of the world." - Washington Post

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"We have continued to see an unprecedented decline in the automotive sector."- Chrysler CEO Robert L. Nardelli

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"I knew we weren't taking Tic Tacs."ALEX RODRIGUEZ, third baseman for the New York Yankees, on his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

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