Tag Archives: New York
After watching David Paterson, Governor of New York, on the Colbert Report last year, I took a liking to him — not because he reminded of a big teddy bear, either. That man is sassy. Anyway, the dear guv today remarked on Rush Limbaugh’s emphatic declaration that he is leaving New York because of the “millionaires’ tax,” which taxes those making $250,000 and over.Â (His condo is up on the market now.) Funny, since Limbaugh spends very little time in New York.
If I knew that would be the result, I would’ve thought about the taxes earlier.
– Paterson, in response to Limbaugh (via time.com)
Most people know the mad love I have for the Obama Art Report and all the snazzy politically charged art it posts. Wooster Collective, the original site that found these images in a New York subway, is very similar to the Obama Art Report but solely focuses on street art. If you can’t read the bottom of the second poster, it reads, “Out of the White house, but not offÂ the hook. Arrest Cheney and Bush for crimes of high treason.” Admittedly, that is a bit harsh, but it is definitely one slick image.
Stephen Harper on a pleasant stroll through Times Square
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper went on a media blitz in New York City recently. He went to the United Nations, stopped by Fox News for an interview and continued to express displeasure with renewed American protectionism. Harper fears American protectionism will hurt trade with Canada and ultimately the economy as a whole. “Buy American” provisions in the stimulus bill are of particular concern to Harper’s government. Here are a few tidbits:
We don’t have a mortgage problem. Certainly we have a downturn in our housing sector, but it’s not structural — there will be no government bailout of mortgages in Canada.
On Obama’s visit to Canada as his first official trip as President:
Because we’re not a squeaky wheel, we often don’t get the grease and we’re forgotten. So it was great to have that kind of attention from our great friends in the United States.
Believe it or not, there are moments when I get stuck in bouts of… urban elitism. I suppose I only sort of believe that the New York is the center of the universe (Brooklyn, it’s pulsating heart with Manhattan as a brain) and I do recognize the uniqueness and homeland pride that comes with most residents of any state. That being said, despite its inherent superiority and timeless position as the face of class – I mean, despite everything that makes New York so special, the Empire state is finding itself in a somewhat scary place lately.
And alas they’re saying my city’s going broke,
Less funding for zoos, plastic bag tax ain’t no joke
So when the gardens close down
And subway rails bend with a frown
We’ll see NYC of the 70′s in a neon strip mall’s cloak.
The borough of Manhattan has a new marriage bureau
Where if you can’t afford a band, your eyebrows need not furrow -
Your iPod can scream
That old “Star Wars” theme
And together in space you and your love can now burrow.
There once was a time when my state had a seat
In need of some filling, so up rose the heat.
And while Kennedy gets the most press
There are others willing to take the test
Yet Maureen Dowd barely gives them a bleat.
With Hillary Clinton joining the Obama administration as Secretary of State, there has been growing anticipation about who will be her successor in the United States Senate.Â Rumors are that President-Elect Obama is quietly lobbying Governor Paterson to name Caroline Kennedy as Hillary’s replacement, despite an official statement from Obama’s spokesperson suggesting that the President-Elect has not been involved in the process and has not spoken with Paterson or Kennedy about the appointment.
Caroline Kennedy is a strong and distinguished woman who would be a perfect choice for the post.Â As an attorney and political activist Kennedy has shown her intelligence, grace, and capability as a public figure.Â She was a prominent supporter of President-Elect Obama and would make an excellent ally in the United States Senate.Â Furthermore, with Ted Kennedy likely serving out his final term in the Senate, the torch could be passed to the next generation of Kennedys in American politics, just as the political torch was passed to a new generation of leaders in the Democratic Party.