Saturday, February 6, 2016

SATURDAY'S POTPOURRI




The weather reports for Monday suggest that we may have snow by afternoon or evening. If so I shall not attend the meeting even though the Administration has promised a report on redevelopment plans for the Muhlenberg campus.

There is little reason to discuss the agenda since everything on with the exception of the resolutions arising from the Corporation Counsel Monday night’s agenda has been covered by bloggers in comments on the Agenda Fixing Session...

This month Corporation Counsel’s additions includes the authorization of contracts with some 17 legal firms for various and sundry type cases to a total amount of $290,000.00. I addition there is one of 40K to settle a claim against the city for injuries received in an accident with a police car, as well as an unspecified amount to indemnify another officer who was a defendant in a citizens suit.

Our legal related costs including workman compensation seem to be astronomical. How much was paid to all attorneys in 2015 both outside contracted firms and those on the staff? What was the amount spent in settlement of suits against the city excluding the 4 million dollars awarded for a wrongful conviction? What percentage of the budget is involved?

Tonight is the last Republican debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary elections. Christie must do much better than the polls seem to indicate or else he and Bush will have no future in the race. That will leave the unholy god fearing three plus Kasich to battle it out to the convention.

Sanders should soundly defeat Clinton in the Democrat primary. That may be his Custer’s last stand. The slew of primaries and caucuses till mid-March are in states that tend to reject socialism. Thursday night Sanders evaded answering question about withdrawing the troops in Afghanistan or combatting ISIS by instead repeating his comments on the Iraq war. His judgement argument does not hold water.

His dollar costs for his government sponsored health care, college education, raised on taxes had been challenged by economists as far too little. The true impact on taxes will be much greater than the small amount that he says the average person will have to pay. When people understand the impact on the cost of living from taxes and the universal minimum wage raised to $15.00/hour his utopian dream will turn voters off.

On the other hand Hillary has not justified the dollars received from Wall Street and Corporations from the speeches she has made. This does not include Bill Clinton’s and her daughter’s speech compensation which have totaled millions of dollars. It is true that they have been designated to the Clinton Foundation but the “debts owed” still exists.

Friday, February 5, 2016

THOSE REPUBLICANS




Yes, I did not go to last night’s Mayor’s State of the City address. Nor will I attend any event at the Senior Citizens Center since parking for easily accessibility can be an impossibility for anyone with a walking impairment.

Having fallen once and finding out that in my 90th decade I do not bounce well, because of a peripheral neuropathy I have become dependent on a walker, not for support, but to help with balance. Close access to a building is a must.

Nuff said! I will comment on last night’s Sanders/ Clinton One on one in the next few days but intend to devote a brief blog today to the Republican candidates still in the race. Please bear in mind that as of today, I am not advocating any one in either party to be President.

I cannot find one positive word to say about any of the leading  trio;
Trump, Cruz or Rubio. Trump is a Con Artist of the highest degree who can appeal to those who have no use for the power hat be and want power in their own hands.

His appeal rise from the bombastic use of visual media with outlandish claims and promises that play on bigotry and fears; we will build a wall and keep the Hispanics (Mexicans) out. I will have the Mexicans pay for it”. “I will send all the illegals back”. “I will not permit any Muslims to enter the country”

He also boasts about his accomplishments as always a winner never a loser, I have made a fortune in everything I do. He ignores the number of corporations and enterprises that he organized which he bailed out of just before they went bankrupt. Yes he made millions and others lost everything; but not he.

He has shown complete disrespect for others especially women, He espouses American Values including the sanctity of marriage between man and woman; yet he has been married three times and has not been a widower

He claims that he has tax plans, health plans and foreign affair program yet has never elucidated the facts of any In essence he is nothing more than a dangerous demagogue who has a Hitleran type appeal to the disgruntled.

I will spend less space on Cruz the self-proclaimed defender of the Christian State which according to him, the founding Fathers (did not if you read the Constitution and Declaration of Independence) conceived. He has been a publicity seeking opportunist in his political life using methods that have caused his colleagues to abhor him.

A most recent example was his followers spreading a rumor that Carlson was quitting the race in order to get that man’s followers to switch to him.

When confronted he claimed that they were only repeating a CNN news report. Partially true, however they completely edited it by on using a portion and eliminating the total report which said nothing of the kind. He is completely amoral.

We can forget the fact that he was born in Canada since by all interpretations the child of an American Citizen is a citizen by right of birth.

That leaves the self-proclaimed white knight of the Establishment, Rubio. His problem is he wants to be everything to everybody and his position on a subject has too often changed as the wind blows. I will not go into detail but his changes in positions such as immigration and foreign policies have been well documented by others.

All of his speeches allude to his parent’s coming here from Cuba. It is not important that it was prior to Castro’s rule. Marco Rubio’s parents made it here under a legal immigration system that isn’t rigidly merit-based the very system that he now would destroy.

Rubio’s proclaims himself as one who holds religion as a paramount value for an American. The fact that he was a baptized Catholic his parents and he converted to Mormons in Las Vegas, and the when moving back to Miami again became Catholic is immaterial. However Rubio himself has vacillated between the Catholic Church and an Anti-Gay Christ Fellowship, a Southern Baptist Church in both Washington and Miami; sometime attending both the same weekend. This has been well documented by the Washington Post and other internet sources.

Rubio’s Religious convictions do not matter to me except for the fact that like everything else he espouses the truth fits the needs of the moment. He is not to be believed.

That leaves us with the three also runs. The best is Jeb Bush who is now dead in the water.

Running a distant fourth in the latest New Hampshire polls is Kasich the Ohio Governor, I know little about him but my granddaughter who lives in Ohio says he is a ‘micro-manager”. Perhaps that is good. Ohio seems to be doing well at present. I have noted before that he may become the establishment’s brokered nominee.

Finally there is Christie who is last in the polls. New Hampshire is break or stay for him. He is despite the Star Ledger’s depiction not the worst person in the world and could make a good chief executive. However that is most unlikely.

So as of February 5, 2016 the choices may be between two not so great Democrats and six Republican clowns. Let us hope that a brokered Republican Convention can produce an acceptable if not ideal nominee. Would that also be true for the Democrats.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

POLITICAL




It was not the fog but an evening spent watching a Hoos’ basketball game and then the Democrat’s Town Hall meeting that is the reason there was no blog this am.

The Town Hall format in which Sanders has an hour alone on stage and then Hillary-O’Malley is gone-makes for a pleasant experience, much better than the Republican’s so called debate.

Yes Sanders and Clinton will participate on a debate 9 pm tonight on MSNBC. This too can be a TRUE debate between two people who have a chance to respond to the SAME questions; unlike the Republican show where different candidates were allowed to answer questions direct at them and little opportunity given for other except the big three or four to speak.

Back to the Wednesday’s Town Hall; I found nothing to dislike about either of the two. In fact if it were not for my personal reservations about both Sanders and Clinton I would place e3ither one far above any of the remaining Republicans in the final selection in November.

Hillary is a typical Clinton politician who has many worthwhile agendas but believes in “the end justifies the means”. From their Arkansas days to the present there have been too many episodes of questionable ethical actions to ignore. There is not space enough here to expand.

Sanders ideas of a universal utopia for America with free health care for everyone, free college education, etc. increasing minimum wages so that everybody is above the poverty level is wonderful. However, someone or somehow all of this has to be paid for. That is where Socialism becomes an economic failure.

The one program he offers how it would be paid for is Health Care. Sanders says that would require a small increase in everyone’s taxes, but would actually be a savings in expenses because the Insurance premiums and the Co-Pays would be eliminated.

That would be ideal if truly workable without complete control of reimbursement cuts to the providers namely physicians and institutions such as hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, etc. for any to remain viable somehow services will have to be compromised. The subject of health care is one dear to my heart and I intend to make it a series study sometime in the indefinite future.

He has not explained how education will be funded without some form of increased taxation. How the cost for business to function with increase wages can be met without increasing costs to the recipients. That is inflation, and the reaction of many when possible will be relocation to another country. The latter will result in job losses; unemployment and recession.

I cannot recall one nation in which socialism has not resulted in an economic crisis.

AS of now I have not found any Republican who I would vote for. Another blog after New Hampshire next Tuesday.