Archive from July, 2006
14 Jul
2006
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If children are a reflection of their parents, KT is Senator material:

Last night I had the opportunity to attend a fundraiser for KT McFarland at Cipriani here in the city. The event was like most fundraisers, where the candidate brings out high profile people in their life to give testimonial on why they’re proud to have worked with them and how they know the candidate would make a great elected official. The cast KT brought to speak on her behalf included retired US Marine Corp General P.X. Kelly, former secretary to the Navy to President Reagan, John Lehman and former national security adviser to President Reagan, Robert Bud McFarlane. It was easy to tell that during a time where national security is our number one priority, KT made sure to bring out those with the most experience on the issue to vouch for her ability to represent New York in a Washington D.C. that has not been realistic when it comes to distributing terror funds.

Out of all her speakers, the one that stood out the most was someone that doesn’t yet have the resume of a General or national security advisor or that has never even held office. This person was Fiona McFarland, KT’s daughter. When you first meet Fiona McFarland with her attractive looks and ladylike presence you don’t expect to find out she’s a Midshipman in the U.S. Naval Academy. The first time you see her take the microphone, as she did last night to introduce her mom, you would never imagine that she could deliver a speech that could out do a veteran General, Secretary of the Navy and national security advisor combined.

The young Fiona McFarland did just that. Her stories about growing up in the McFarland household about the battle warn American flag from a WWII ship attacked at Pearl Harbor commanded by her grandfather hanging in her kitchen and her talk about how she understood that freedom isn’t free could choke up the toughest of guests. This young Midshipman showed an understanding about what it means to be an American that makes even the most patriotic in this country think twice about how strong their own devotion to this country is.

Fiona McFarland’s speech and words isn’t something that comes natural to a young American, even ones who are children of elected officials. Her speech and the conviction of what she was saying showed not only in her words but also in her actions by taking the call to America’s highest service. Last night I learned through this young American, that behind her was a woman that doesn’t want to be Senator because of her own self interest but because she feels it’s her duty as an American. The passion and love for this country by Fiona McFarland isn’t something you get in your sleep, it’s learned as she says at her kitchen table through the stories and the passion of someone who loves being an American. That American is KT McFarland, someone I know and have met several times who if elected would keep her eye on New York and its resident’s unlike our current Senator who’s eye is not on New York but on a greater power. If New Yorkers were smart they will give Hillary all the time she wants to plot her run for President by sending her on a long vacation in November in exchange for someone who actually wants to be Senator of New York.

13 Jul
2006
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The City Councils Gun Initiative:

The City Council behind Christine Quinn has introduced four bills to curb the number of illegal guns on the street to combat the death of children by illegal guns. The problem with their bills is that it doesn’t get to the heart of the problem. Illegal guns come into this city via the black market because the risk to traffic these guns is currently worth the reward.

The City Council’s initiative in the form of the Gun Offender Registration Act for individuals convicted of criminal possession of a weapon; a one handgun every three-month purchase limit; an inventory bill, which would require city gun dealers to physically examine their inventories twice a year; and a ban on gun coloration kits used to disguise real guns to look like toy guns is not going to solve the problem.

If you want to keep illegal guns off the street you have to make the risk not worth carrying the guns. For instance how about a fifty-year sentence with no parole for carrying an illegal gun? I’m sure that would do the trick.

13 Jul
2006
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Lets Eat!

For anyone unaware, this week and next is Restaurant Week in New York City. Restaurant Week is when most of the best restaurants in New York City offer discounted prices for lunch and dinner.

For anyone who enjoys going out to eat, it’s a must. So call a friend you haven’t seen in awhile and have some lunch or dinner at a great price.

More information can be found on New York City’s website and reservations can be made on line at opentable.com. If you never used Opentable to make your reservations when going out, your missing out on a great free service.

11 Jul
2006
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It’s not breaking news for those who support tax cuts:

This morning the White House announced that it was lowering its 2006 estimate for the country’s budget deficit from $423 billion to $296 billion.

To no surprise, the reason for the decline is a result of tax revenue to the government growing at its second highest level in 25 years. With corporate tax revenue growing at 26 percent and individual tax revenue growing at 14 percent, Democrats must be scratching their heads at how fewer taxes mean more money for the treasury.

Listening to the President’s press conference I’m happy he took the time not only to tout the numbers but also inform the American people how deficits as small as ours are a positive for the economy. As the President stated our deficits relative to the size of our economy is manageable, comparing it to individual American’s mortgages. As the President noted as your pay increases your monthly mortgage, though still a deficit, becomes more and more manageable. His point was as the economy grows deficits like the ones we have today are easier to absorb.

Sticking to the mortgage theme, the President’s comments had me thinking. If Democrats really believe that deficits are bad and that we must run surpluses to have a strong economy then they have to also believe that mortgages are bad as well. If we think about it the average American does not have enough money to pay for the home in cash and usually have just enough to meet the 10-20% down payment. At closing, the deficit Americans take on compared to their net worth is tremendous. If we followed the Democrats way of thinking no one should buy a home unless they could pay for it in cash. You can take the argument further and also compare it to school loans. Every year thousands of people graduate with thousands of dollars in school loans that result in a deficit for that individual.

The conclusion is that deficits are not bad. This doesn’t mean they can’t get bad but with our deficits running at about 3% of GDP and going lower, we’re not even close to reaching levels that would be considered dangerous. The real question is just what will it take for Democrats to finally catch on that tax cuts are an investment in our country’s future like education and the deficits that go with it are an investment in the future of ordinary Americans.

7 Jul
2006
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Immigration

7 Jul
2006
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Protest against the New York Times:

This coming Monday The New York State Young Republicans will co-sponsor an event in front of the New York Times Headquarters from 5:00 to 7:30 PM, to protest against their decision to print secrets about America’s terrorist tracking program.

The Times Headquarters is located at 229 W 43rd St (bet. 8th & 9th Aves).

If you bring a protest sign, do not affix it to a stick of any kind. Only handheld signs are permitted by law!

Also as many are aware Congress on June 30th voted to condemn papers like the Times for reporting the program. Here is how our Congressman from New York voted on the issue. If you’re upset about how your Congressman voted don’t sit still, make a call and let them know you disagree.

How the U.S. House from New York voted:

• Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-5) N
• Rep. Tim Bishop (D-1) N
• Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-24) Y
• Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-7) N
• Rep. Eliot Engel (D-17) N
• Rep. Vito Fossella (R-13) Y
• Rep. Brian Higgins (D-27) N
• Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-22) N
• Rep. Steve Israel (D-2) N
• Rep. Sue Kelly (R-19) Y
• Rep. Peter King (R-3) Y
• Rep. Randy Kuhl (R-29) Y
• Rep. Nita Lowey (D-18) N
• Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-14) N
• Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-4) N
• Rep. John McHugh (R-23) Y
• Rep. Michael McNulty (D-21) N
• Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-6) N
• Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-8) N
• Rep. Major Owens (D-11) N
• Rep. Charles Rangel (D-15) N
• Rep. Thomas Reynolds (R-26) Y
• Rep. Jose Serrano (D-16) N
• Rep. Louise McIntosh Slaughter (D-28) N
• Rep. John Sweeney (R-20) Y
• Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-10) N
• Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-12) N
• Rep. James Walsh (R-25) Y
• Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-9) N

7 Jul
2006
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Still Against the Terrorist Surveillance Program?

For those of you out there who still think terrorist surveillance is wrong, chew on this little piece of information.

6 Jul
2006
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Another sign why Democrats won’t win come November:

If there is one Democrat that I enjoy and could actually vote for, it’s Joe Lieberman. For those unaware, the Senator from Connecticut is facing an ugly primary fight, a fight that should not be happening. Never would we ever imagine, in either party, that a sitting three term Senator would have to worry about his party allowing someone to challenge his seat. A Senator, who only six years ago was picked to be his party’s nomination for Vice-President.

Boy how times have changed. The attack on Senator Lieberman and the desertion by many in his own party is not only a disgrace for Democrats but an inside look at a party that continues to pull away from main stream America. Whether it’s Nancy Pelosi being elected minority leader or Howard Dean getting the reigns at the DNC, the Democrat Party is heading in a direction opposite of what America believes.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This is why Democrats will loose come November overall. The Republican’s win in California a couple weeks ago for an open House seat was just the beginning of an outcome in November where America says, “yeah we might be disappointed in Iraq but we’re not voting for a party represented by people who are at the extreme end of the spectrum”.

Senator Lieberman might just be the last sensible Democrat and the attempted outcasting by his party is telling the country that they will not tolerate moderate thinking. So the questions is, if Democrats can’t tolerate a moderate Joe Lieberman how can a moderate America expect to be properly represented by a government controlled by Democrats?

6 Jul
2006
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Rome hasn’t fallen yet:

Today the Supreme Court of New York has ruled 4-2 that New York State doesn’t have to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples because they have no constitutional right to marry in the state.

It’s nice to see that even in a Liberal state like New York, we’re still able to recognize when the line is being pushed to far. Though proponents of gay marriage are saying their constitutional rights have been violated, it’s safe to say that when New York’s constitution was written over a hundred years ago, protection for gay rights was not what they had in mind

5 Jul
2006
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New Jersey: The Sorry We’re Closed State

That’s the message the state of New Jersey and its Democrat led government is sending the rest of the country. Today the incompetence continued as New Jersey’s casino industry was forced to close its doors.

Looking at this whole fiasco I can’t help but wonder, is it more enjoyable to make fun of Corzine and his Democrat pals who are actually fighting over how much taxes to raise on already overtaxed New Jersey or the New Jersey residents who actually voted in a bunch of guys who are fighting over how much to raise their taxes.

You just can’t make this stuff up! The best part is you know those New Jersey voters will reelect all those Democrats the first chance they get.

For further reading, the New York Sun has a great editorial on the topic claiming it’s a first look at what New Yorkers can expect if Spitzer wins come November.