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Should NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Step Down?

A political scandal is nothing new. It is as old as humanity itself. The question is, when does it get to the point in which the politician is unable to do his or her job?

Last year, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo became a symbol of how to deal with Covid-19. For months on end, he gave a daily televised press conference going over the most recent numbers of NYers who were hospitalized and/or killed by the virus.

Then the nursing home scandal erupted and his image became tarnished.

Last week, the Governor was accused of sexual harassment by several female employees.

If I am to be perfectly honest, I would have him step down. Though he gets major points for being open and honest about the Covid stats, that cannot wash away the both the fudging of the nursing home facts and these new allegations.

The fact is that sexual assault and sexual harassment (especially in the workplace) is still far too common. The only way we can stop it once and for all is to make examples of those who have been found guilty of committing such acts. If it becomes clear that the punishment is not worth the brief pleasure the harasser gets, then maybe we finally put it in the rear view mirror.

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Of Course, Lindsey Graham Would Oppose the $15 Minimum Wage

It has been said that a rising tide raises all ships.

Yesterday, President Biden’s 1.9 trillion stimulus package was passed by the House. Among the individual pieces of the bill, there was a proposal to raise the minimum wage nationally to $15/hr. I wish I could say that it succeeded, but it did not.

From the perspective of a small business owner, I understand that it would a financial stretch. But for a multi million or billion dollar company, paying all of their employees a base salary of $15/hr is not going to force the company to go under. If Costco can pay their workers $16 an hour and still stay open, why can’t other companies?

The problem is that Lindsey Graham and other politicians don’t understand that. A living wage is a human right. I’m not an economist, but I have enough common sense to understand that by paying a fair wage, it helps everyone. The less we have to spend on food stamps and substandard housing, the more we can spend on schools, highways, and other important infrastructure projects.

How we treat those who are less fortunate speaks volumes about our society and culture. By keeping a permanent underclass of poverty stricken citizens alive, it tells a stranger everything they need to know about us.

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Have the Members of the Texas GOP Lost Their Minds?

The game of politics has always been a sticky one. The question I have to ask, is when push comes to shove, do those in the halls of power serve themselves or the voters who hired them?

The big political news of the week is that Ted Cruz decided that it was a good time to take a vacation in Mexico while his fellow Texans are trying their best to survive a snow storm that has knocked out power, heat, and water.

On top of what can only be described as a foolish decision, Governor Greg Abbott went on Fox News and blamed New York Congressperson Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Green New Deal for the outages.

The cherry on top is the following statement by the state’s former Governor, Rick Perry

. “Texans would be without electricity for longer than three days to keep the federal government out of their business,”

What is the purpose of the federal government, if not to step in when a storm of this magnitude creates such destruction in its wake? People are burning their furniture and bundling up in as many clothes or blankets as humanly possible to stay warm.

I don’t know who these men are trying to impress. It’s as if they care more about themselves or their careers than their constituents. But considering the party’s track record over the last few years, I expect nothing less.

P.S. While the Texas GOP does nothing, both AOC and Beto O’Rourke have stepped up to help. It doesn’t take a genius to see who is putting their money where their mouth is and who isn’t.

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How Do You Spell Hypocrite in Texas? Ted Cruz

These days, its easy to dream about vacation. Writing this post as New York is hit by another snow storm, I can’t help but let my mind drift to a sandy beach with the ocean lapping at my feet, a book in my lap, and a drink in my hand. But that does not mean I will jump on the next flight to someplace warm.

This week, as Texas is experiencing what can only be described as an historic winter storm, one of the state’s Senators, Ted Cruz was seen on a flight to Cancun. Back in December, he criticized the Mayor of Austin for going on vacation.

Back in 2014, he slammed then President Obama for golfing while spending time with his family at Martha’s Vineyard.

His reason for leaving the country was the following:

“With school cancelled for the week, our girls asked to take a trip with friends. Wanting to be a good dad, I flew down with them last night and am flying back this afternoon.”

I understand wanting to be a good parent, but it is possible to say no to your kids.

What bothers me is that while he easily criticizes the other side, he can’t take the heat when he is in the same position.

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. If Democrats can be called out for doing what they shouldn’t be doing, then Republicans (or any politician, regardless of party affiliation) should expect the same.

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Can You Know Who Be Blamed for the Nursing Homes Scandal in New York?

The decision to put one’s parent or grandparent into a nursing home is never an easy one. When the decision was made almost twenty years ago to move my late maternal grandmother into a nursing home, she fought tooth and nail to stay in her home. Though we did it out of love, it was a challenging moment for all of us.

Earlier today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo conceded that he should have released all of the information in regards to the number of New Yorkers who died from Covid-19 while living in nursing homes. His claim is that “politics” and you know who is partially to blame.

We all know that you know who had the opportunity to prevent, or at the very least, limit the damage that Covid-19 has left in its wake. But that is on the national level. When it comes to New York State, you know who had nothing to do with it. It was up to Governor Cuomo and his administration to do as much as they could to fight this virus. One could argue that we were all acting last year based on the information that was available at the time. While this argument has some validity, it cannot gloss over the fact that the numbers that were initially presented did not tell the whole story.

After the debacle of the last four years, I would have thought that Cuomo (or any politician for that matter), would have learned the lesson of taking one’s lumps like an adult. Instead, he chose to take the easy way out, proving that in this case, he is no better than you know who.

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How Do I Love Joe Biden on President’s Day? Let Me Count The Ways

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Thoughts On the Parkland Shooting, Three Years Later

Our high school years are supposed to be our formative years, both inside and outside of the classroom. These are the years we experience many firsts that will impact the rest of our lives.

Three years ago, the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, were robbed of those experiences.

Though we cannot go back, we can move forward. We can and should enact national gun laws to keep firearms out of the hands of potential criminals. Those with mental health issues should be treated as those with physical health issues.

May the memories of those killed that day forever be a blessing. Z”l.

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Those Who Don’t Learn From History are Doomed to Repeat it: You Know Who Acquitted Again

In 1923, a future German Dictator who shall remain nameless led a failed coup that history would recall as the Beer Hall Putsch. Ten years later, his second attempt at joining the government was successful. The rest, as we all know, is history.

Yesterday, you know was was again acquitted of all charges relating to the riot on January 6th. Though 57 members of the senate checked off the guilty box (including several Republicans), 67 were needed for an official verdict.

Though some have argued that having 57 votes by itself is a victory, I don’t see it that way. By formalizing that he was guilty of lighting the fire that ignited the events of that day, the message would have been clear. But because he was declared innocent, the message is scarily opaque.

The fact is that everyone who was in the building that day was in danger. It didn’t matter if they voted red, blue, purple, or another color. Did they not hear the chant “Hang Mike Pence“? Did they not see the news that pipe bombs were placed at both Republican and Democrat headquarters that morning?

I thank those who voted that you know who was guilty, especially if they lean politically right. They had the courage to do what was the right thing, knowing full well the backlash they may receive. Those who didn’t are nothing but cowards.

Several members of the Republican party were seen doing anything but paying attention. Some actively chose to not attend the hearings at all. What gets my goat is that though Mitch McConnell voted not guilty, he still made a statement afterwards that you know who was responsible for the riot.

Others have said that history will be the ultimate judge. In a sense, it is comforting. I understand what they are saying, but I am more concerned about today than tomorrow. Most, if not all of us are taught when we are young, that there are consequences relating to our actions. This message is obviously lost on you know who and his traitorous supporters.

If there is a glimmer of hope, it is that come the next midterm elections, the voters get rid of these hypocritical turncoats. Until then, we must remain vigilant to ensure that this never happens again.

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Impeachment Trial 2.0 — By Hook Or By Book

As you know, the second impeachment trial of Mr. Trump began today, and if anyone needs a reminder of why this is necessary, check these two videos out.

Impeachment Trial 2.0 — By Hook Or By Book

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Justice for Ashli Babbitt? How About Justice for Brian Sicknick?

Justice is not always black and white. Sometimes, it can be twisted to fit one’s perspective.

Today is a month since the riot in D.C. If we lived in a perfect world, those who perpetrated this heinous act would be facing a judge. But we don’t live in a perfect world. There is a certain segment of the population who believe that it was the rioters who were wronged, not the police who tried to stop them or those who were forced to hide and fear for their lives.

The phrase “Justice for Ashli Babbit” has been making the rounds in right wing circles and media.

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What gets me riled up is the hypocrisy. They claim to be for “law and order”, but only when it suits them. When left wing groups like Antifa or Black Lives Matter make their voices heard, then it becomes a problem that must be solved. My question is, if we are asking for justice, what about Brian Sicknick? Officer Sicknick gave his life to protect the constitution and our long held political traditions that these rioters claim to hold near and dear.

Justice is supposed to be blind. We are supposed to judge the case and the accused on the facts, not on emotion or a mob mentality. The problem is that what happened on January 6th is based on both. Until we are able to review the events of that day with a clear head, regardless of where one stands politically, this will continue to be nothing but a mess.

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