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U.S. risks crashing off the cliff

This story represents my view, spot-on. It doesn’t matter if it is Republicans or Democrats; the filibustering and finger-pointing has been going on for far too long. It is high time to eliminate those parties and elect representatives of the moderates; people who are willing to compromise.

Global Public Square

By Fareed Zakaria

The American political system is simply not working. The parties have become too polarized; institutions and traditions of governance, like the filibuster, have been abused to create permanent gridlock. It’s tempting to pretend that this has always been a part of the country’s raucous democracy and that both parties are to blame. But that’s just not true. Consider these facts. Over the past five years, Republicans in the Senate have threatened or used a filibuster 385 times. That’s almost double the rate of the preceding five years and much more than the historic average.

Would Obama or Romney be better at breaking this deadlock? Each side makes its arguments. Obama has recently said that his re-election would “break the fever” and force Republicans to the table. Romney partisans quietly admit that the Republican Party will have to accept higher taxes, but they claim only one of its…

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Posted by on November 4, 2012 in Repost

 

After Sandy – Day 4: Relief, Sort of, Is in Sight

The skyline photograph is so symbolic. On one half, fully lit; showing the busy-ness of NYC imagery. The other half shows a dark skyline; reminding us of the massive impact of hurricane Sandy.

My Life in New York

Friday:

Some good news — the Mayor has cancelled the NYC Marathon, which was scheduled for this Sunday — leaving from Staten Island, the hardest hit borough in NYC after Sandy.

The good people of Staten Island and most New Yorkers were outraged over the city’s initial plan to continue with the race. Heck, Staten Islanders just got their ferry service back today at noon for the first time since Sunday.

Personally, I’m far from alone thinking cancelling is the right thing to do. I don’t think we need to hold the marathon right now to prove New Yorkers are tough. The world already knows this. The timing is wrong. All the resources used for the marathon could be distributed to those who need help: all that food, the generators, the manpower. Heck, even all of those tens of thousands of T-shirts.

I spoke to an NYPD officer guarding the…

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Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Repost

 

After Sandy – Day 3 – People Are Getting Desperate

The challenges our fellow Americans face in New York City, trying to say the least.

My Life in New York

Thursday:

It’s the third day after the wrath of Sandy stormed onto the East Coast and folks are starting to get desperate.

Hundreds of thousands scattered around the five NYC boroughs, shore areas in New Jersey and Connecticut and Long Island are suffering the worst without heat, electricity, running water and, in many cases, shelter. Countless numbers have lost their homes. It’s getting dire for these people because the nights are cold, the food is running out, the fresh water is becoming scarce.

Those who’ve lost their electrical power are losing their ability to communicate with the outside world. Today we watched news coverage from the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn — it’s an enclave of seaside homes, a tight community that’s been cut off from the world. I watched a reporter from Channel 2 interview a woman who was shocked at the magnitude of the storm, shocked about the…

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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Repost