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Now is the time for full disclosure and forthright answers. Over nearly a decade I have been actively reporting issues from the local to the international level. Often, like many of us all, I have felt the frustration as political gridlock stalled efforts. The net result is a Government that is failing the populace. Congress needs to reconnect to the public it serves. Thus it is in the spirit of one of the great American Presidents, on the anniversary of his speech praising the average American, that I am launching my exploratory committee for the 2014 NY 22nd Congressional seat.
Brooks BBQ set up shop at 4433 Vestal Pkwy East to raise money for the Wendy’s Walk for Kids charity. The charity hopes to raise $225,000 in donations for local children in need. More than 100 people sampled the food and donated to the event in the first hour alone.
As many readers are likely aware, there has been a slow but steady drop-off in the volume of articles that have appeared here since the beginning of the year. Perhaps that has been most obvious in the wake of the Boston Bombing, or the debates over immigration reform and the Sequester. It’s not because we [...]
We do not question the need of the President to enjoy time away from the stress of running Government. The only question asked is the cost that taxpayers are covering. There apparently does not exist a single record of the cost for President Obama, or President Bush for that matter, playing golf. No receipts, no records of hourly wages for staff, no cost of gasoline for transportation, no cost of guests like Tiger Woods. That is incomprehensible.
Jonathan Karl of ABC News asked how much does a round of golf for President Obama cost? Karen Holliday of the GAO says ask the OMB. Dionne Hardy of the OMB has yet to reply. If the Government is stonewalling a response on a simple matter like this, what else is the Government unwilling to disclose – especially from the “most” transparent Presidency “ever”?
This is political grandstanding. When placed into context, either President Obama had no connection or concern with the plight of the average American from 2009 right up til April 2013 or the belief is that the American people are too stupid to notice that this is a meaningless act meant to gain political favor.
“Go do your job [Sen. Reid]. If you can’t, or you need Marines to get it done for you, then step out of the way. If it takes Marines to represent the wishes of the State of Nevada, then Sen. Reid retire and let a living Marine get the job done the right way.”
Shovel-ready, infrastructure investment, Fix-It-Now, or whatever catchy name is attached to the idea has proven to be a failure. Yet it is the ONLY job creation proposal from the White House and Democrats for more than 4 years. By definition that’s doing the same thing over and over.
Why wouldn’t President Obama give up his golf outings and crow about the saving to taxpayers? Or is the chance to play with Tiger Woods to good to give up for school kids visiting an iconic embodiment of our Government? Or is President Obama fearful of the backlash that will come when the public learns exactly what 115 rounds of golf costs taxpayers during a recession where 22.3 million are unemployed?
We honestly are not upset that Senator Gillibrand provided such a disrespectful response. We are upset that Sen. Gillibrand has such a lack of concern about constituents, apparently especially those who voice concern about matters of grave importance to the nation, that any half-hearted response is considered appropriate.« Previous Entries