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Is NYC Truly Ready to Re-Open?

New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. There is always something to do or see, regardless of the time of day or night it is.

That is, until Covid-19 struck.

Yesterday, there was an editorial in the New York Post declaring that it was time to re-open the city.

In theory, I agree with the writer. Stores and businesses with the exception of those that are considered necessary are for all intents and purposes closed. Millions are out of work and relying on unemployment to get by. Schools are closed, forcing students and their parents to learn virtually. The number of New Yorkers who are now going to food banks and charities to ensure that they can feed themselves and their families have gone up exponentially.

But in reality, I don’t quite agree with him. As of earlier this afternoon, there are nearly 194,000 cases in the city with over 50,000 hospitalized. More than 20,000 New Yorkers have died. My concern is that if we re-open too soon, we are opening the door to a second wave of Covid-19 and erasing the gains that have been made in stopping the disease.

Like all of you, I am more than ready to re-enter the world. I am ready to go back to the office, to go to the beach, meets my friends for a drink, etc. Especially with summer unofficially starting this weekend with Memorial Day. But there is also a risk of getting sick or getting someone else sick. I’m not sure that is a risk I am ready or willing to take at this moment.

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While People Are Dying, You Know Who Makes it About Himself

Is it me or is you know who’s reaction to the coronvirus changing from the every day incredulous to downright scary?

As I write this post, the number of cases in the United States, there are over 100,000 Americans who are suffering from the virus. We now lead the world in the number of cases. Given what we are going through, a wise and prudent President would not be fudging the numbers or demanding that state Governors (especially Democratic Governors) kiss his a** to receive the badly needed aid.

But you know who is neither wise or prudent. According to an article in the Daily Beast, he advised Vice President Mike Pence that if the Governors who are coming to the Federal government for aid are not nice to him, Vice President Pence can ignore their calls.

In the article, you know who is quoted as stating the following:

“He calls all the governors,” Trump said. “I tell him, I mean, I’m a different type of person. I say Mike, don’t call the governor of Washington, you’re wasting your time with him. Don’t call the woman in Michigan.” 

“If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said. 

What this moron ignores is that the virus does not care what political party one is affiliated with or who one voted for. It is indiscriminate in who it infects. He also ignores the fact that it is not HIS money that he is refusing to distribute. It is the money of every hardworking American taxpayer. We pay taxes so that if a catastrophic event (such as a pandemic) should occur, our government has the ability to take care of this country.

I don’t know if he saw the cover story of the New York Post, but if he hasn’t, he should.

What is happening in this video was preventable. I say was because had he acted appropriately back in January or early February, this video would not need to exist. But it does and it screams out what needs to be done.

That is, if he is willing and able to listen. But I doubt he will.

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Brangelina Divorce-Who Cares?

Yesterday, the world was rocked by news. It was not an earthquake, it was not the assassination of a politician and it was certainly not a major financial meltdown that could impact the economy and millions of jobs.

It was a divorce. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, aka Brangelina are divorcing.

Am I the only one who sees that this is non-news? It’s a divorce, couples divorcing is not news and not front page worthy (well, that depends on which newspaper you read. I read the New York Post, it was a questionable cover to say the least).

It is sad? Yes, divorce is sad and heartbreaking. But is also part of every day life.

Am I sorry that it happened? Of course. I can only hope the soon to be former Mr. and Mrs. Pitt can be amicable and mature, especially when it comes to their children.

But I wish the media would focus on what is really important and not another Hollywood divorce.

Happy Wednesday.

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Not One Red Cent!

One of the news stories that caught my eye recently was a report in the New York Post that the state government is beginning talks to raise the pay of the legislature and state officials.

I understand that these people need a living wage. We all do. 15 years without a raise is a long time.

I would like to point out two things:

  1. The reputation of the  NY state government is not so good right now, for obvious reasons.
  2. The average salary of politician or state official is well above the average New Yorker’s annual salary.

One of the things that always irks me about government is that even if there is a scandal attached a particular government official, they will continue to receive their regular salary and benefits.

If an employee in the private sector does something illegal or they are unable to do the job, they are fired.  Their salary and benefits are gone.

I am simply bothered by the fact that while millions of us are trying to get by on unemployment or barely there paychecks, these politicians and state officials make upwards of $80,00 a year.

I get what they are doing is important, but the salary has to be justified. Frankly, I believe that some of these people don’t deserve their paycheck.

 

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