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Electing Trump: A Failure of Common Sense

An Open Letter To Middle Class Families Like Ours

I have to admit that I wasn’t worried in the days leading up to the election. I was so confident in the common sense and basic decency of families like ours that I truly believed Trump would lose in the largest landslide our nation has ever seen. Common sense would rule the day, obviously I was wrong.

Statement on Moreland Commission Preliminary Report and Federal Appeals Court "Super PAC" Ruling

Systemic Reforms and Fair Elections System Will End Era of Pay To Play Politics in Albany

Yesterday the Moreland Commission released it's preliminary report on public corruption in New York. The commission has indicated that it has "discovered criminality", but that the real crime is that much of the corruption they have discovered is completely legal.

Benjamin Franklin And Marty Golden Couldn’t Disagree More

Why The Brooklyn DA Race Matters As Much As Any This November

To summarize Senator Golden's argument, the recent incident on the West Side highway where a motorcycle gang terrorized Alexian Lien and his family is the reason to support Joe Hynes. The subtext here is be afraid, scary things happen in this city. Mr. Golden seeks to leverage that fear as the reason to support stop-and-frisk in it's current form and therefore Charles Hynes.

The Golden Egg Is Not For You

How Money In Politics Drives Politicians To Do Strange Things In Far Away Places

If you haven’t heard or seen the coverage, State Senator Marty Golden is involved in another corruption scandal. In exchange for generous contributions to upstate GOP campaigns, Brooklyn State Senator Marty Golden inserted some language into an affordable housing bill that gives millions of dollars in tax breaks to five Manhattan developers.

Ending Government Dependent Upon Special Interests Alone

Why We Need A Fair Elections System To Get Big Money Out Of Politics

In the Federalist Papers one can find that the Founding Fathers, when creating our more perfect union, intended to create a government that was dependent upon the people alone. Yet our current system is one that has become almost entirely dependent upon special interests, lobbyists and the .01%. We even have a term for it, we call it "pay to play."

The Elephant In The Room

Why the Deficit, the Debt Ceiling and the Fiscal Cliff are Just Elaborate Distractions

If you are like me you are growing increasingly frustrated with our ongoing national distraction from the core issue facing our nation. In the midst of the Great Recession, we find ourselves in a 3 year GOP inspired series of purposeful crises. How we can be focused on taxes, the deficit, and the debt ceiling in the face of such great need for job creation is virtually impossible for me to fathom.

Money-Out/Voters-In Day of Action

We Demand Democracy!

There is no greater issue facing us than that of big money in politics. If you need to be convinced please take a look at the very grim reality of American politics and why this is the issue of our time.

If you believe that something must be done, change can only happen when we demand change. This means we need you. Please get involved, and consider starting this Saturday and help us get money out and voters in.

Hurricane Sandy: A Christmas Appeal For Help

1,000 Miles Wide and 51 Days Long and Counting

Christmas is coming and we need help NOW...we will not be able to put out food in the coming days as we approach Christmas, and in the weeks and perhaps months to come without help. If you can donate money, supplies, or your time please do. if you know of food venders, grocery stores, bakeries, butcher shops, or anyone who can donate please reach out to them. We are counting on you because so many families impacted by Sandy are counting on us.

Hurricane Sandy

One Thousand Miles Wide, 18 Days Long…And Counting

Last weekend I had the opportunity to help with the cleanup on Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. Not until you find yourself on the ground, in the middle of the aftermath, can you really get a sense of what this storm was like and how it has affected people's lives. House after house, family after family we helped them clean up and continue their own personal recovery process.

Is That All That Is Left Of The American Dream?

More Than Failed Policy, It’s Failed Vision

When you look into the faces of your children and grandchildren do you dream of a future of tax cuts and deregulation? Is this really the cause behind which all Americans are to align themselves as we march towards the next great chapter of American history?

Opportunity

An excuse for ideology

America was and should be the land of opportunity. Yet increasingly we are becoming a nation of cynical opportunists.The cynical use of these kinds of opportunities can’t sit well with true conservatives. They wreak of fiscal irresponsibility. This kind of behavior grows the influence of government while reducing the rights and freedoms of our citizens. These kinds of policies weaken the nation now and unless reversed, cripple the nation in the future.

News

That Which Entertains

This is not a rhetorical attack on the media. It’s not meant to be a self serving indictment of the media, but rather an appeal to our newspapers and especially our television news to renew their efforts to make a genuine contribution to our society. In this modern era of hyper-partisanship, when trust in government, trust in commerce and trust in each other are at historical lows, the fourth estate is needed more than ever.

Money In Politics

The Case For Why It Is The Issue of Our Time

We don't need to see facts to convince us, we know, deep in our core, that our system is out of control. We know that there is too much money. We know that there are very powerful forces at work influencing decisions. We know that often the best decisions are being killed in favor of no decision or worse yet the wrong decision.

Will we choose to paddle hard back to shore or will we be carried away by the raging torrent of money that is flooding our political system?

Religion

The idea that religion, being religious, being a good person of high moral character is the explicit domain of one party is as corrupt, confused and cynical an idea as anyone could have. Exploiting religion for personal gain, for political gain, to distort truth itself is as fundamental a misunderstanding of the word as there could possibly be.

Government

The voices on the right want you to believe that government is always evil, and business is always good. Neither of these is true, nor is the opposite. This stark unyielding mythology of government and business has done much to harm our nation and push people out of the process.

Energy

Current Energy Policy Strengthens Others While Weakening Us.

If the need for a national energy policy is so vital to our nation’s future, then yet again the right has failed to deliver a meaningful or beneficial strategy. Any responsible energy policy would look at responsible uses of today’s energy while developing a comprehensive strategy to move to the energies of tomorrow.

Trickle Down Economics

We’ve been hearing about trickle down for decades. No matter the problem, no matter the circumstance the right argues that the answer is to concentrate more wealth in the hands of the wealthy. They argue that when the wealthy have money it will trickle down.

Unfortunately, the facts of the last 30 years don’t support our national experiment with trickle down economics.

Conservative

Conservative, as defined by Merriam-Webster means one who supports existing views or institutions. So let's break this definition down and weigh the claims of the modern conservative against it.

The Grimm Reality of American Politics

Influence Trumps Ideas

If you hadn't heard, our Congressman, Michael Grimm had yet another scandal break this weekend. The allegations are many but can be summarized into illegally raising money for his 2010 campaign. Yes, it's what you might expect, or at the very least what you might fear.

Don't we deserve better? Maybe not.

Leader

One who waits until it’s too late. One who follows polls while ignoring information.

The problem of leadership is among the most critical factors affecting the future of our nation. This isn’t intended to be a rhetorical attack on our elected officials, this is intended to point out that we have been devoid of leadership for at least several decades or at the very least, the political climate in our country is such that even the most well intentioned leader finds it nearly impossible to lead. Put simply we have a terrible habit of policy that is a penny wise and a pound foolish.

In 2012 we have an opportunity to choose our leaders, let us not be the ones who do nothing.
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