Category Archives: Politics

Oh, What A Night – President Trump

Wow.

What more can be said?

Monday night just about everyone had Hillary Clinton winning the election.

And I’ll be honest, even when I voted for Donald Trump yesterday I didn’t think he had a chance of winning the country (and yes, my vote for him was worth nothing).

Nate Silver and most other statisticians didn’t think it was feasible. Except for Helmut Norpoth, who has now correctly picked the last 6 Presidential Elections.

Whether you were “With Her”, “Against Trump”, “For Trump” or some other mixture, this is what this country has voted for and this is what we are going to be for the next four years.

Just like the Brits exited a few months ago, it is time on January 20th for America to turn over a new leaf and bring around a different country.

President Donald Trump

Election Day 2016 – And Who I’m Voting For

The big day is finally here, and it’s time for America to vote for their new President, and today I am going to be voting for Donald J. Trump.

As with a lot of recent elections, it isn’t about who is the better candidate, but rather who isn’t the worse candidate.

And while politics is always a touchy subject with people, the reasons I am voting for him over his main opponent, Hillary Clinton, are simple: He has a lot of views similar to me.
This doesn’t mean I agree with everything he says. But I definitely have a lot less in common with his opponents.

Some of the reasons I choose to vote this way, are agreeance on many subjects including parts of the following:

  • Domestic Policies (such as the Patriot Act, no-fly-list/gun restrictions, and Super PACs)

    I support legislation which allows the NSA to hold the bulk metadata. For oversight, I propose that a court, which is available any time on any day, is created to issue individual rulings on when this metadata can be accessed.

  • Foreign Policy (the closing of Gitmo, the opening of Cuba, NSA surveillance and being the worlds Army)

    We’re defending everybody. We’re defending the world.” He added, “we can’t continue to defend everybody, and lose on every single thing we do. We have to rebuild our country. Our country is a mess. Our infrastructure’s crumbling. We owe $19 trillion.”

  • Elections (Voter ID Laws)

    You have people, in my opinion, that are voting many, many times. They don’t want security, they don’t want cards.

  • The Economy
  • Social Issues
  • Healthcare (Medicaid)
  • Immigration (such as subsidies for illegals in healthcare and public schooling)

Vote 2016

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And like I ended off saying on my last voting post:

But, regardless who you vote for, you should go out and vote…it’s your right as an American and you should take advantage of it.

And in my opinion, you have no voice to complain about who wins if you didn’t at least vote for someone.

Preview Your Ballots

Before you head to the polls tomorrow, it is always good to know what you’ll be looking at, so you aren’t blindsided by a race you didn’t know was happening or a prop vote that you know nothing about.

This is why in the days leading up to the elections I think it is a good idea to review your ballot and see a sample version, so that when the pen is in your hand, you know exactly which bubbles to fill.

In NYC you can go to the poll-site locater (LINK HERE) and after putting in your address you can select “Ballot Information” followed by “View Sample Ballot” or simply scroll through the page to see the options.

Don’t forget tomorrow, VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN, which was proven true in 2001.

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Democracy at Work

It’s amazing how many people I am seeing this morning in the UK who are furious with how the vote turned out…but maybe the louder voice wasn’t the voice of choice for the people?

Actually, we now know that is correct. The celebrities and personalities that are voicing their shame and upset in how Brexit turned out, clearly aren’t the majority, as it wasn’t a “Delegate Vote” but rather a “Popular Vote”.

The Popular Vote is literally the voice of the people.
If you don’t go out to vote, you only have yourself to blame.
But when everything is tallied, the views of the majority comes out on top.

It’s not uncommon for people to be upset with voting, as with anything else, when it doesn’t go your way you get mad.

Primary Day and Who I’m Voting For

The polls are now open and today I will be voting for John Kasich.

It’s not that I don’t side with Donald Trump on a lot of issues, I just feel better connected to John Kasich, and of the three remaining candidates I have the least in common with Ted Cruz’s proposed policies.

John Kasich holds similar views to me on lots of things, including and not limited to:

  • Domestic policies (such as the Patriot Act and Social Security)

    His proposal was designed to ensure solvency without raising the retirement age or increasing payroll.

  • Economical Issues (such as welfare rules and the Federal Reserve)

    When somebody says this is an attack on the poor, frankly I don’t get that,” Kasich told reporters. “First of all, the public does pay the benefit. But secondly, we want the person who might be on the drugs to get off the drugs. We have a major drug problem.

  • Foreign Policy (such as the war on ISIS and Guantanamo)

    “Mark my words … at some point it will require boots on the ground from the world to be able to deal with this problem.”

  • Social Issues (such as same sex marriage and health insurance provisions)

    “God gives me unconditional love. I’m going to give it to my family and my friends and the people around me.”

  • Immigration

    “We can seal that border and anyone else who gets over, we send them back,” he said of undocumented immigrants arriving from Mexico. “And then we’ve got to look at broader immigration reform because some people are waiting in line 25 years” to come to the U.S. legally.

  • Elections (such as Voter ID laws)

Among Kasich’s endorsements are:
– Former NY Governor George Pataki
– Former CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
– Former NH Senator John Sununu (who happens to follow me on Twitter)
– Former FL Rep. Joe Scarborough
– Former Speaker of the House John Boehner
– The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, New York Daily News, Boston Globe, Barron’s
– Quicken Loans founder Dan Gilbert
– Ronald Reagan’s son, Michael Reagan

Courtesy: NBC-NY

Courtesy: NBC-NY

But, regardless who you vote for, you should go out and vote…it’s your right as an American, and you should take advantage of it.

And in my opinion, you have no voice to complain about who wins if you didn’t at least vote for someone.

Participatory Budgeting NYC

This week is voting in NYC in the participatory budgeting. This allows districts to vote on how best to allocate the funds given to them.

The choices include improvements to public safety, transit, parks, schools and libraries.

You can visit the website HERE to see if your district is participating in the voting and where you can get your ballot.
I went to my local library yesterday to vote, and know that other branches will have it throughout the week, as well as community board location and of course Borough Hall.

Each district, with the money given to it, has different things on their ballots, but I was able to choose five items from a list of 13 that I favored giving money to.
Options included new vehicles for sanitation, auxiliary police, ambulance services; new playgrounds for schools; upgrades to libraries and greenhouses; street repaving and bus countdown clocks.

NYC Participatory Budgeting

 

A Public Relations Nightmare

Last Monday night I went to an event run by one of my former clubs at Brooklyn College…and I am saddened to say that the level of “caring for those in attendance” has gone down hill in the three years since I left.

The club running the event was one that I was involved in for my last three years at college, and which I was on the board of for two years; first as a Public Relations officer (a title that hadn’t existed for that club before that point) and the second as President.

This event had been publicized in the days leading up to the event via Emails and Facebook (although I am not on Facebook, and have not seen the event page, I was told what was on there…but as such, I will just stick to the emails, as those are what I know about), and they had sent out a full schedule for the night.

Here was the schedule sent out in an email a few days before the event and again 7-hours before:

  • 8:45 Evening Prayers
  • 9:00 Introduction and reading of Lamentations
  • 9:45 Speech by a former IDF soldier
  • 10:15 Inspirational video

A lot of people, such as myself, had come strictly for the prayers and reading of Lamentations, since we had to go home and go to sleep (either because of work early the next morning, or had been up since early Monday morning due to work; or a mixture of both).

Things started off smoothly, with prayers starting a few minutes late at 8:50 (this was expected) and the Introduction began the same, 5 minutes late…and that’s when things went off the rails.

Instead of the reading of Lamentations following the introduction, there was a 5-minute awkward silence during which a Skype call was trying to be set-up <still unsure what the call was for, and why we needed to be concerned with it>, and then the IDF soldier got up to speak.

At 9:40 they began Lamentations…at this point a few people had left (without hearing the reading, which had been the sole purpose of the event, with everything else supposed to be complimenting it) as they couldn’t hang around all night waiting for it to start, especially since the schedule was now unknown.

Just as unfairly, at 9:45 people started showing up, specifically to hear the IDF soldier speak…except that had already happened.

I spoke to a few people after the event, all of whom were upset in one way or another (either because the reading was late or because they had missed the speech), and I figured that the appropriate thing would’ve been an email sent out over the next day or two following the event saying “We are sorry for the confusion, and apologize for the inconvenience we may have caused”.

Except that never came…

There are times that as an alumni I am driven back to the college, especially for events like these, and then there are times that I am driven away…and as an alumnus, I can safely say, that once you are driven away from something, it is very hard to get them back in (BTW, most of the people who had to leave early, were alumni, as those are the ones generally with jobs to wake up to in the morning).