50K Homeless in NYC


50,000 homeless in New York City. 21,000 children. The lasting legacy of Bloomberg and Giuliani–an extraordinary waste.

Overall, the homeless shelter system has grown 61% during Mr. Bloomberg’s three terms, raising questions about whether the city’s remarkable turnaround in the past two decades has benefited the poorest New Yorkers.

The Mayor tries to blame everyone other than his own sycophants and extraordinary ego, perhaps where it lies.


Another chance

Yes it’s a good thing. Yes it’s a chance to lock in the gains on healthcare reform, perhaps a chance to move past some of the ridiculousness of tax policy. But three distinct caveats:

  1. War is bad. Drones are bad. Secretiveness in foreign policy is bad.
  2. Did Mitt Romney lose because of his ideas or because voters didn’t like him? He had already lost to John McCain four years ago and McCain is distinctly unlikeable. We elect people, not so much policies. John Kerry, Al Gore, Bob Dole, Michael Dukakis–all unlikeable. Bill Clinton, Barack Obama–wouldn’t you want to have them to dinner?
  3. Global warming? Hellooooooooo!!!!!


Forgetting the wars

Pretty much exactly summed up:

“If things look grim in Afghanistan, they hardly look better in Iraq. And it’s terrible to think that this is the meaning of all those years of war, all that death and heartbreak. It’s even more terrible to wonder if that was the only meaning they ever could have had, though history will take longer to write that one. In a couple of years, probably faster, we’ll have vanished from places like Panjwai, as we’re gone today from Haditha and Mahmudiyah. And since we’re Americans, we’ll have soon moved on from the decade in Afghanistan just as we’re well on our way to forgetting about the nine years in Iraq—except for the Americans who fought, who have a harder time forgetting.”


In the streets of London

Looting is bad, just to say the obvious, but it’s hard not to think of all that has unfolded this year in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, et. al. while looking at reports of the London riots. You could certainly say that there are no similarities, that it’s pure avarice, criminality, and there are no lessons to be learned, but I would say that there are a lot of people who are angry–at the police, at the lack of opportunity, at being tantalized by the glossy consumable world. Are we going to address that?


The dispiriting losses in the election are an unfortunate illustration of the Democrats not having listened in 2008. The people said two things:

1. Stop the war!

2. Fix the economy!

The first item was clear, and it was ignored…

The second was interpreted to be fixing the big-picture economy and thus came propping up Wall Street and the Banks, then health care reform. However, since jobs went away and never came back, and all the people who bought houses for too much money are underwater, the economy doesn’t appear fixed.

What to do now?

1. Stop the war!

2. Jobs!

Is that clear enough?