The People’s House?

Well, this notice sort of makes it official don't you think? The NY State Capitol is now off-limits to anyone but lobbyists and their employees: the politicians (or vice versa, I can't keep it straight.) In anticipation of protestors from across NY State coming to Albany to register their outrage at budget cuts for poor … Continue reading The People’s House?

The Obama Presidency: Hope Deferred

I'm one of those people incessantly wringing their hands about President Obama's performance since his election. I was an early and fervent supporter, publicly endorsing him in January of 2007 in a post entitled: "He's Ready, Why Wait? Obama in '08!" My top reason was explicitly clear: National politics isn’t always relevant to our everyday … Continue reading The Obama Presidency: Hope Deferred

More Depressing News About Syracuse’s Public Schools

We already knew that the graduation rates for students from the Syracuse City School District was depressingly low, hovering near 50%. Now, The NY State Board of Regents has released data on both graduation rates and performance on the final Regents exams showing that a depressing number of high school graduates are not ready for … Continue reading More Depressing News About Syracuse’s Public Schools

Why Politicians Do Not Fight For The Unemployed

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/ezra-klein/2010/12/who_graduates_who_votes_and_wh.html Ezra Klein in the Washington Post shows graphically what we have all suspected, politicians don't really care about the problems faced by low-income folks because low income folks do not vote.   In this graph, the unemployment rates are broken down by levels of education and compared with the percentage of the electorate each … Continue reading Why Politicians Do Not Fight For The Unemployed

I Don’t Care.

I don't care that the members of the NY State Legislature aren't getting paid since they missed the April 1st deadline for passing a state budget. I really do not care. When they finally do pass a budget, these legislators will receive the entire amount of their paychecks--dating back until April 1st. If the state … Continue reading I Don’t Care.

Even Republican Troglodytes Can’t Stop Financial Reform

Financial Reform legislation passed the Senate today, awaiting only President Obama's signature to become law. Only 3 Republicans voted in favor: The current crop of Senate Republicans are sticking to the same old story line they've been pushing since the 1970s: Regulation is bad. Their awesome pigheadedness demonstrates a remarkable effort to be consistent in … Continue reading Even Republican Troglodytes Can’t Stop Financial Reform

In Syracuse, P.B.A. Stands For Police’s Bad Apples

Mayor Stephanie Miner should be congratulated for her attempts to change the culture of the Syracuse Police Department. Past administrations have let conditions fester to the point where a jury, returning punitive damages in an abuse case, stated that retaliations by Syracuse police officers seems to have become official policy. The problem with the police … Continue reading In Syracuse, P.B.A. Stands For Police’s Bad Apples