House WILL Vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill!

Don’t understand why Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor had to be shamed into doing the right thing for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Politico is reporting….

After a barrage of criticism over his decision to scrap a Tuesday night vote on a disaster aid bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the House will vote in two phases to provide billions in relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. On Friday it will vote on a measure “to direct resources to the National Flood Insurance Program;” then on Jan. 15 it will take up “the remaining supplemental request” for Sandy victims. Boehner did not detail the dollar amounts of the measures. “Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations,” Boehner said in a joint statement with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The House will NOT vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

Breezy Point

Breezy Point

House Republicans decided to NOT take up the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill tonight after an all day back and forth over the bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.

Republicans promised to work on the supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently this is House Republican payback for having to vote on the Senate-passed bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Lawmakers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Democrats and Republicans) took to the floor of the House to voice their disappointment.

This is the disgusting side of politics that makes me sick, to think House Republicans like Eric Cantor would go back on a promise they made.  A lot of work has been done to get this disaster bill together, that work will have to be re-done as the new 113th Congress will be sworn in on January 2nd.

This is why congress has some of the lowest approval ratings, SMH!!!

Representative Peter King (R-NY) called this “indefensible” for Congress

“It is disgraceful. It even makes it worse being a Republican.”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – States Running Out of Money…

A couple of months ago I was one of the critics of New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie when he cancelled the largest infrastructure project in the United States; the new tunnel between New Jersey and New York which could have doubled commuter train service.  This project would have created 6,000 construction jobs and 45,000 jobs once it was completed.  When you look at it from that point of view of course it looks to be a RIDICULOUS decision, BUT when you look at the reality of the budget situations for states I don’t know how anyone can expect Christie to move forward with a huge expenditure like the Hudson River Tunnel.

As Christie stated on 60 Minutes the Day of Reckoning is here, how much longer can we continue to spend without first securing the fiscal stability of this country?  The answer is not much longer…

States are going broke and Joe Q Public doesn’t seem to realize this is going on; states are spending more than they take and raising taxes is NOT the answer.  Just look at New York, New Yorker’s pay a ton in taxes for years now and we still have a $10 Billion dollar deficit.  So what is the answer??

STATES HAVE TO STOP SPENDING!!!!!

We can’t expect Governors like Christie to OK projects they can’t pay for and create a larger deficit while already facing a $10 Billion deficit.  As the 60 Minutes piece highlighted a state like Illinois is a complete joke, it’s a DEADBEAT state.  They spend double the amount they take in from taxes; what sense does that make?

If we don’t start paying attention to this situation and STOP the demonization of Governors like Christie and Andrew Cuomo who are making the tough decisions; raising taxes on the rich and corporations will no longer cover as they only put a band-aide on what is really the issue.

Ask yourself this…  If you owned a business how long could you run that business spending more money than you actually took in?

In actuality it is simpler than that; if you live on your own and pay rent/mortgage and have bills like electricity/water.  How long could you stay above water if your expenses were greater than your income?  NOT VERY LONG!!!!

Unlike States, John Q Public does not have the federal government to bail them out… and with our National Deficit hovering around $14 Trillion soon States will not have the D.C. to bail them out.  If people thought the snow removal 2 weeks ago was bad; you haven’t seen anything yet.

CUTS CUTS CUTS to all types of City and State services….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

F-A-Nactic Fridays – Mariano Rivera signed… so what’s Jeter’s problem?

Mariano Rivera

Late last night news came in that Mariano Rivera and the NY Yankees have allegedly agreed to a 2 year deal for $30 million dollars at $15 million dollars per year.  The negotiations between Rivera and the Yankees have been in stark contrast to the soap opera affair that has been going on between Jeter and the Yankees.  Unlike Jeter there was an actual market for Rivera; and to Rivera’s credit he also made it known he wanted to remain a Yankee to close out his career.

So I ask what’s Derek Jeter’s problem.

Why can’t he and his agent get it together and hammer out a deal with the Yankees?

I’ll tell you why… Jeter needs to realize as far as the baseball free agent market goes, he is not a wanted commodity like Alex Rodriguez was a couple of years ago and Mariano Rivera is now!  Now there are a lot of Yankee fans and Mr. Jeter himself who would never admit it but it is what is. 

Nothing has been confirmed but Rivera was offered a deal for $17 million that forced the Yankees to act quickly and lockup the closer.  For the Yankee fans who want to criticize the Yanks for supposedly disrespecting Jeter aka “The Captain” check how the Yankees were originally offering Rivera a 1 year deal with an option for a 2nd year.  Because of the market for Rivera the 41-year-old closer was able to solidify a guaranteed 2nd year.  At $15 million a year Rivera will remain the highest paid reliever in baseball.

With all that said the Yankees as an organization are not completely innocent in the Jeter situation.  Brian Cashman is playing tough with Jeter as he seems to be trying to show this is his show to run and he is enjoying the leverage he has over Jeter.  Like Jeter Cashman also needs to take a step back and NOT embarrass “The Captain”.  From recent reports it sounds like that is exactly what the Yankees are doing.  If Jeter does not sign with the Yankees both sides will look bad.

So Jeter when the Yanks increase their initially offer of $15 million a year (total $45 million) to something like $20 million a year (increase in dollar amount not years); TAKE THE OFFER!!!

Jeter will end up being the 2nd highest paid shortstop behind Troy Tulowitzki (who recently inked an extension at $24 mil a year); That is more than a fair enough offer!!

  

 
 
 

 

Derek Jeter

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!

Talking Points Tuesdays – What’s the rush?

Lexington Ave Rush Hour

While on my morning commute I like to observe my fellow New Yorkers and their need for speed. There’s something very interesting about the organized confusion that we call morning rush hour. Usually you associate being in a hurry/rush with being late. Could it be that everyone that participates in the morning rush hour commute is running late?

Everyone can’t be late because it’s always the same people…

On the Metro North train that gets into Grand Central Station at 6:59am there is an older woman who positions herself to be the 1st person on the train running up the ramp to get to her destination.

Then there is the guy who make his way from the NYC Subway to the NJ Transit side of NYC Penn Station to catch the 7:14am train to Trenton.  There are days where you can see the utter disgrace this guy has for slow-moving people simply making their way to their destination.

Last but not least is the guy who runs from his building to the New Rochelle Metro North Station EVERY morning; is there really a need a to run every morning for the train??

I know this may seem like an exaggeration but I can tell you without a doubt that the last example I used in rushing is 100% true.  I know this one because the guy is me, HA!!

Yup, I am part of the rush hour crowd always in a hurry to get some where.  I stress every morning in trying to make my trains and connections so that I can get to work on time.  Each morning as I catch my breath from running so damn much I never seem to truly understand why this always happens; until this morning!  It’s very simple, I am always rushing as I try to maximize every moment.

What do I mean by “maximize every moment”?

Every morning I try to fit in the most sleep possible while not being late for work; knowing that I have to be out of the house by 6am there are times that I will sleep until 5:30 only giving myself 30 minutes to sh*t, shower, shave, iron and get dress.  As a result I am always running for my train hoping it has not arrived a minute early.

Of course anyone reading this will say there are a bunch of things I can do eliminate rushing in the morning:

  1. Go to sleep earlier
  2. Iron your clothes the night before
  3. Leave the house 10 minutes instead of 5 minutes before your scheduled train

All 3 points are valid but do they REALLY resolve my issue?

I say no…

Even if I did give myself more time to get ready I would fill-in that extra time with something else as I try to “maximize every moment”.  If I went to sleep earlier and ironed my clothes the night before I would just use that time to watch more ‘Morning Joe’ on MSNBC.  The key to all of this is understanding my need to do everything and the belief that since I am doing so much that it equates to accomplishing a lot.  When in actuality I am not being as productive as I can be; when you rush through tasks you will more than likely miss something.

For me it could be forgetting to mail that important letter or putting on deodorant (yes that has happened, BUT I buy some on my way to work and apply in the restroom). A friend once told me to focus on what is important and complete those tasks with full attention.  Is it important for me to catch every minute of ‘Morning Joe’?  No, my job has nothing to do with that morning show.  What’s important is that I get to work on time and not take so many chances on missing the train.

I bet a lot of people struggle with trying to of “maximize every moment” instead of maximizing IMPORTANT moments.  The same friend who told me to focus on what is important; said the best way to identify what is truly important is to ask yourself 1 question…

If you knew you only had a year to live; what are the things that are important to you that would need your attention?

Once I developed that list everything slow down for me as I began to focus on what was important instead of trying to do everything.  From time to time I will catch myself getting caught up in the hustle and bustle on NYC, but that’s when I take a step back and ask myself; “What’s the rush?”

So the question everyone should ask themselves is What’s the rush?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!!