For many in politics, the idea of running for President is the ultimate political dream. The question is, should they run or focus on their current responsibilities?
The list of potential Democratic 2020 Presidential candidates may soon have one more name added to it: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
In a word: no, no and no.
He was not elected by the citizens of New York City to lead this city and then to leave us high and dry to run for President. We have more than enough issues that he needs to be focusing on.
The number of homeless individuals is far higher than it should be, there is an endless series of scandals surrounding NYCHA (lead paint, staff lead sex orgies, etc) and the MTA is a mess.
During his initial election for Mayor, he ran on a platform entitled “A Tale of Two Cities” He promised to fix in the inequalities that have plagued this city for decades. While I completely understand the fixing the inequalities that affect every day citizens requires time and work, he has yet to fulfill his campaign promise.
Your responsibility Mr. Mayor, is to the citizens of New York City, not the to the primary voters of the 2020 Presidential election. You can run in 2024, after your term as Mayor is over. But for now, I suggest you focus on the job the voters hired you to do.
While on the campaign trail, candidates often make promises about what they will do when they get into office. Many of these promises fall by the wayside once the election is over and winner of the election starts his or her job in the position that they were elected into.
You know who is threatening a government shutdown if he does not get the $5.7 billion dollars that he says is needed to build the border wall he promised during the election. While the House Of Representatives approved the funding, the Senate is expected to deny the funding.
As usual, he says one thing that suits him at the time. Then he turns around and says something else. First he said during the meeting with Senators Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer that he would take the blame for the shutdown if he didn’t get funding for the wall. Now he says that he will blame the Democrats for the shutdown.
From my perspective, this is a colossal waste of money. There is so much we can do with $5.7 billion dollars. There are roads and school buildings that need to be kept up. We can use that money to keep Medicaid going and to ensure that there is money to fund SNAP. Or even, provide the funds needed to repair the buildings under the NYCHA system.
On a another note, the environmental damage to the area that they are proposing to build the wall on could be catastrophic.
So tell me again, why we are wasting billions of dollars on a border wall?
P.S. If someone wants to use their own money to donate to the building and upkeep of the wall, that is their choice. But do not use my tax dollars to do so.
For any number of reasons, many Americans live in housing that is partially funded by the government. That does not mean, however, that they are not entitled to the same rights as tenants who rent from a private landlord.
Shola Olatoye has been the head of NYCHA for four years. Her job is basically to ensure that the residents of these buildings have safe and comfortable apartments to come home to at the end of the day.
Ms. Olatoye has not done her job. Last month, a roof collapsed in a NYCHA building. Complaints of a water leak were ignored, until it was too late. Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. But the apartment is now uninhabitable and the family who lived there has yet to find a suitable permanent replacement for their home. She also lied on federal forms that NYCHA buildings were inspected for lead poisoning, potentially putting lives at risk. Despite the fact that she knew the tests were mandatory, she still signed off on the forms, knowing that the tests were not done.
If that was not enough, residents have been loudly complaining about the lack of heat in their buildings for some time now. It’s February, the fact that this issue has not been resolved brings up serious questions of Ms. Olatoye’s abilities to do the job she was hired to do.
These are tax paying citizens, just because they live in publicly funded buildings instead being able to pay for housing completely out of their own pocket does not mean that they should be getting the short of the stick. If these problems had come up in buildings owned by private landlords, the landlord would have no choice but to resolve the issue ASAP.
The fact is that Ms. Olatoye is unable to complete the responsibilities of the position. Anyone in a management position would say that the buck stops with them. If something goes wrong under their watch, they must have a hand in fixing the problem. If Ms. Olatoye was working for a private company and not for the city, she would have likely lost her job. But she has not lost her job, a fact that absolutely boggles my mind. Her boss, Mayor de Blasio has defended her instead of handing her a pink slip.
I have one question: why hasn’t Shola Olatoye been fired already?