Archive from July, 2006
25 Jul
2006
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Why does someone have to be blamed?

Everybody is up in arms because Mayor Bloomberg praised Con Edison for the work they did in getting Queens back on line. People are angry because the Mayor has chosen not to blame anyone. What I want to know is why do people feel the need to blame someone?

Face it, events like this happen. Sure it stinks, but this is the necessary evil that we must have to deal with in our spoiled era of air-conditioning, refrigerators and everything else we take for granted. For people who want to blame Con Ed, do you expect Con Ed to anticipate when wires are about to blow? Do you anticipate when a light bulb in your house is about to blow and change it before hand or do you flip the switch, watch it blow and change it then? This is no different except it takes allot more time to replace high powered wires then a 100 watt bulb.

The mayor is right in saying Con Ed did a good job getting things back on line considering the circumstances. Could things maybe been a bit more efficient? Sure but so could anything when it hits unexpectedly. I think we should spend days like this reminding ourselves just how good we have it.

25 Jul
2006
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The Doha Trade Round has officially collapsed: That’s not a bad thing.

This morning allot of fingers are being pointed at who’s to blame for the collapse of the Doha trade round, which was meant to liberalize agricultural trade so developing nations could have the best chance possible for economic growth.

The collapse came when both developed and developing nations couldn’t agree on the reduction of subsidies and tariffs. The problem is that there was just to many conflicts of interest on all sides. For countries like the U.S. and France subsidies to farmers goes a long way come voting time making a serious reduction unlikely. For developing nations where farm already is their main industry the concern that they could be dumped on with cheap subsidized food from developed nations collapsing their own industries wasn’t worth the risk.

My view is that the collapse of the round is a good thing. Though I’m a huge supporter of free trade, when it comes to food I feel subsidies are a necessary evil as a matter of national security. We only need to look at our current problem of having to rely on foreign resources for our energy and how countries like Iran are able to use it to their advantage to come to the conclusion that keeping our food in house is a good move. If the Doha round was successful and the U.S. eliminated its subsidies to American farmers it is likely that at some point some other nation would have a comparative advantage over us causing the U.S. farm industry to disappear. This would result in our food coming from foreign sources the way our energy currently does leaving us at the mercy of a new set of countries.

22 Jul
2006
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Now that’s just cruel:

Ok so today I leave my office and get on the 7 train home. While on the train, God decides to hit the city with a storm I haven’t seen since Hurricane Gloria. I get off the train at Main St. to make a dash for the bus. The umbrella is pointless so I don’t bother opening it, deciding it’s easier to dodge the lightening bolts that appear to be coming down in every direction without it. As I get near the corner I can see the bus sitting there doors open. I go to cross the street and see the bus driver close the doors and pull slightly away from the stop. But wait the light is now red and he is forced to sit there. I cross the street get to the doors of the bus anticipating him to open up. Instead he ignores me and two other people as we stand there in a monsoon watching him wait for the light to turn green. 30 seconds later the light turns and he pulls away leaving us to drown.

Well just another pleasant experience on the MTA and these guys want to know why nobody has any sympathy for them when it comes contract time.

20 Jul
2006
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NYC unemployment rate continues to sit at 18-year lows:

Crain’s is reporting that the latest figures on NYC’s unemployment rate has it at 5.1%, leaving it to continue to sit at the 18-year low reached last month.

The unemployment rate for the entire state also continued to sit at its lows of 4.6%.

Voters should keep in mind what party controlled the Governorship of the state and the Mayor’s seat in the city when going to the polls.

Democrats in office: High unemployment

Republicans in office: Low unemployment

Hmmm, which should I choose

19 Jul
2006
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NYYRC July Meeting

For Immediate Release July 19, 2006
Contact: Jen Saunders, Public Relations Chair
E-mail: pr@nyyrc.com

THE NEW YORK YOUNG REPUBLICAN CLUB, INC. WELCOMES
WILLIAM W. BEACH OF THE HERITAGE FOUNDATION TO JULY GENERAL MEETING

New York, NY – The New York Young Republican Club will hold our July monthly meeting on Thursday, July 20, 2006. Our featured speaker will be William W. Beach, director of Center for Data Analysis (CDA) at The Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Beach serves as the director of the CDA at The Heritage Foundation, which conducts statistical research on issues such as Social Security, crime, education and trade. The CDA acquires analytical models and develops econometric models to estimate how proposed tax changes may affect individuals, families, business and the national economy. Mr. Beach is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of Buckingham in Great Britain. Mr. Beach previously served as president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, as an economist for Missouri’s Office of Budget and Planning, and as a litigation economist with Kansas City, MO. Mr. Beach holds a bachelor’s degree from Washburn University (Topeka, KS) and a master’s in history and economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Candidates will have the opportunity to address the general membership.
Please join us at the Union League Club, located at 38 East 37th Street, on Thursday, July 20, 2006, beginning at 7PM.This event will be open to media that RSVP by 5:00pm July 19th to pr@nyyrc.com.

Business attire required. Please check your coat at the door and turn off your cell phone.

The New York Young Republican Club, Inc., is a not-for-profit political organization that exists to bring Republicans aged 18-40 together to discuss the Republican Party platform and aid the Republican Party in the education of the public about the Republican agenda and the promotion of Republican candidates for office. To find out more about the New York Young Republican Club, Inc. please visit the Website at http://www.nyyrc.com.
19 Jul
2006
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Does Christine Quinn have any respect for the voters of NYC?

They’re at it again. Despite NYC voters voting overwhelmingly against removing and extending term limits in 1993 and 1996, the Democrat City Council behind Christine Quinn are trying to find a way once again stay in power.

The blatant disregard for voter’s whishes by the City Council only shows the invincibility the Democrats in the City Council feel they have. Americans need to remember there’s a reason why we have term limits for our President. My personal opinion is that there should be term limits for every elected official as it forces voters to actually have to think about their representatives and pay attention every now and then.

If there is any group that needs term limits it’s the City Council. Maybe if voters in this city paid attention to the box score of their City Council rep the way they paid attention to the box score of their favorite sports team, then term limits wouldn’t be necessary because voters would know when their reps are coasting and just pandering to special interests. The truth is though, that voters don’t pay attention to the box score of their reps and need to be forced to make a decision between two new faces every now and then, instead of the usual act of just voting for the name they recognize.

Term limits for the City Council is not about Republican’s trying to steal seats from Democrats because that is difficult no matter what. It’s about making sure the voters of this city are made to be honest with themselves every so many years.

18 Jul
2006
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Even the New York Times can act like a capitalist every now and then:

The New York Times is reporting that it has decided to close its Edison, N.J. printing plant, cut the size of its paper and cut 250 jobs resulting in savings for the company.

Who knew that the Times, which does nothing but endorse tax and spend Democrats, was capable of acting like a Republican when it came to running their own business.

17 Jul
2006
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Maybe we should just give Hezbollah a timeout:

With Israel no longer able to take the mosquito bites by Iran and Syria backed Hezbollah, their response has been swift and forceful. Some though have viewed Israel’s strong response as wrong and have even come up with a new term to describe it, “disproportionate response”.

Is this what war has become? Are countries no longer allowed to use every means available to defend their country or in Israel’s case, right to exist because the enemy’s weapons are not proportionately comparable to Israel?

Maybe everyone at the U.N. can get together and create an affirmative action program to make war fair for the weaker country.

15 Jul
2006
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Public schools are as good as private schools. Well kind of.

The U.S. Department of Education has put out its “National Assessment of Education Progress” where it compares the results of private schools to public schools. The amazing thing about this report is that our government goes out of its way to create a formula that makes public school progress comparable to private.

For example in the report it states how private school 4th graders had a reading score 14.7 points higher than the average public school. Of course this data doesn’t sit well, so the government found a way to make it appear that the two schools are actually equal and there is no added benefit for private school. Using what it calls “Hierarchical Linear Modeling” the report proudly states how “the difference in mean was near zero and not significant”. To get to zero the reports creators adjust public school students scores based on certain “characteristics” like students gender and race/ethnicity and school characteristics like school location and size.

Am I alone asking what is our government doing attempting to go out of its way to try and convince us that public schools are just as good as private when they’re clearly not. I can’t see how excusing mediocrity by inventing convenient formulas is going to help these public school students in the future when it comes time to get a job.

15 Jul
2006
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Blessing in Disguise?

Could all of this bad publicity actually help out KT McFarland? The NYPost in the last month has published 4 or 5 “damning” articles about KT. While each one scored its own shock value, in the end all I came away with is she has some family problems, that when dressed down, aren’t too far different than your average family.

So how could this really help her? Name recognition! John Faso is having that problem right now. While he is losing to The Sheriff by 40 points now, it can be blamed on him having only a %35 statewide name recognition. Now I am not saying getting slandered in one of the only right leaning newspapers is the best way to get your name out there, but one thing I know is that I have seen very little of John Spencer in the newspapers. This could definitely be a time when the cliché of “Even bad press is good press” holds true.

What I would like to see from KT now is to take advantage of this situation and use it as a platform to get her real issues and experience out to the public. This is the wrong time to hear what went on behind closed doors and who said this and that. However, this is the right time before that black ink dries up, to tell us what she will do for all of NY.