So, have you Kids read up on Fix The Debt? The group wasn’t really on my radar, but I decided to poke around after receiving an email from Joe Dinkin. It doesn’t seem quite kosher to me, to denounce or endorse the group’s approach just yet. But, after a quick review, I haven’t seen anything that makes me think Medicare and Social Security are in grave danger, so I don’t feel the need to get behind this particular petition. I’ll get back to you with any updates on my opinion. Feel free to be informative with your comments.
Below is an email from Joe Dinkin of the organization Working Families, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition. If you have concerns or feedback about this petition, click here.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,
“Fix the Debt” is financed by corporate and private equity billionaires and millionaires who have advocated making big cuts to the social safety net and slashing corporate taxes for years. They’re not concerned about working families; they only care about their profit margins. And Mayor Michael Bloomberg is their new co-chair. Continue reading
Kids, an email I received recently made me think about how I would advise Michael Bloomberg about effectuating recovery efforts beyond signing a petition. I think I would start by saying, “Mayor Bloomberg, I am confident you will make the recovery a hallmark of your time as mayor, by leaving this city more just, prosperous, and beautiful than you found it. You know you have to do the hard things that some of your friends and colleagues won’t be behind. You will be criticized, they won’t understand about how it will benefit everyone in the long run, but you will be remembered as a forward thinking leader who put his people first, if you heal the wounds that the storm exposed and improve our wonderful city for rich and poor alike.”
Below is an email from the Brad, Melissa, and the NYC Council Progressives team, who created a petition on SignOn.org, the nonprofit site that allows anyone to start their own online petition.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,The past few weeks have been deeply trying ones for New Yorkers, with many lives and thousands of homes lost. The storm exposed not only our vulnerability as a city, but widespread inequality as well. Wall Street reopened one day after the storm, but many in public housing waited three weeks for heat, and many others remain without adequate shelter. I’ve heard many of you call it a tale of two cities.
But we’ve also seen extraordinary acts of generosity and courage, as people have come together to provide food, blankets, money, helping hands, comfort, and hope on an incredible scale. Continue reading