Bill de Blasio: Victim of NYPD Abuse
By Marc Ash, Reader Supported News
28 December 14
ill de Blasio came to the office of New York City Mayor with an agenda for reform of the New York City Police Department. He is quickly finding out why his predecessors have had so much difficulty accomplishing the very same thing.
The NYPD is the nation’s largest police department. It is also one of the most corrupt, violent and entrenched. The NYPD is also very savvy in the political ways of “The Big Apple.”
When NYPD officers turn their backs to de Blasio, one of their objectives is to get him off their backs. This was planned before the killings of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos. As early as December 12th, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) was promoting a de Blasio shunning to its members, with the admonishment “Don’t Let Them Insult Your Sacrifice!” referring to Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito.
De Blasio has been very open about his desire for reform within the NYPD, and the police have been just as open about their determination that it will never happen.
The NYPD and the PBA, on behalf of the officers, paint this as an officer safety issue. “City officials who want reform cost cops their lives.” Not racist murders of unarmed New Yorkers – that of course never creates animosity toward the police. But it does.
In fact, nothing puts the lives of America’s police officers in greater jeopardy faster than racially motivated, unjustified killings. If Eric Garner had not been needlessly killed, where would we be today? Would officers Liu and Ramos still be alive?
There is an apparent perception on the part of the NYPD rank and file and their union representatives that attempts at reform are somehow bad for the department and the safety of the officers. In fact transparency, accountability, the right training, and attracting better educated personnel are the very things that would make officers and the public they serve more safe.
Former President Bill Clinton claimed on Thursday that one of the main reasons Republicans are expected to perform so strongly in the upcoming midterm elections is their willingness to capitalize on the lingering effects of the 2008 economic recession.
"Here's the important thing. As a nation we're back to ground zero, we're back to where we were. We got all of our jobs back," Clinton declared at an endorsement event for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D).
However, after ticking off quarterly growth statistics, Clinton said, "People don't feel it yet."
Clinton said the Republican Party realizes this is "their last time" to press a message of economic gloom and doom.
"We are now in the position to define how we're going forward. And the reason all these elections all over the [country] are being so hotly contested is that our friends in the other party think that this their last time to cash in on the misery of the American people," he argued.
If Republicans win, Clinton further warned about what policies they will advocate: trickle-down economics and "social policies where you're on you're on your own." Clinton, who has been a top Democratic booster in conservative-leaning states where President Barack Obama is unpopular, said voters should realize Obama isn't on the ballot and the Democratic Party is actually closer to their values.
"When I go to these tough places, ... the voters say they want to vote for these Republicans just because they're bashing the president. They're trying to take everybody else off the ballot and put his name on their. And then you ask them what they want and it's the Democrats that are giving them what they want," he said.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-clinton-republicans-try-to-cash-in-on-the-misery-of-the-american-people-2014-10#ixzz3N9KHByXk
WHY?? BECAUSE STILL SOME PUKE GOVERNORS who refuse the aid to their citizens ALL PUKES BTW
yeah poor cops unreal pay and benefits and allowed to ramp up their pensions so they could make more when they retire than when they worked,,,and never get fired no matter how many unarmed people they kill
is far superior to ANYTHING pukes could do for or too America I'd rather a person from Mars rather than put up with these dirty *&^ These **'S that call themselves Americans
Late one night a mugger wearing a ski mask jumped into the path of a well-dressed man and stuck a gun in his ribs. "Give me your money," he demanded. Indignant, the affluent man replied, "You can’t do this – I’m a US Congressman!" "In that case," replied the robber, "Give me MY money!"
If Obama Were a White Republican, He'd Be a Conservative Hero
By Carl Gibson, Reader Supported News
26 December 14
f Ronald Reagan were alive today, he would be one of Barack Obama’s biggest fans. In the six years he’s been president, Obama has managed to turn our country’s economy, at its worst point since the Great Depression, into one booming along with the greatest quarterly GDP growth in 11 years. The Dow Jones closed above 18,000 this week – the highest ever. And yet, despite an apparently surging economy, 95 percent of income gains since 2009 have gone to the richest 1 percent. Not even Ronald Reagan’s economic policies created inequality on that scale.
Since his first inauguration, President Obama has masterfully steered the benefits of the recovery to only the wealthy, while the net worth of average working Americans has dropped by 40 percent since before the recession. Today’s middle class is actually poorer than it was in 1989, when Reagan left the White House. Even though the most recent unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, most of the new jobs that have been created since the recession have been in low-paying sectors, like retail and fast food. The current federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, which most workers in those industries earn, has less buying power than the minimum wage in 1968.
According to a study by the Center for Economic and Policy Research, if the minimum wage had kept up with worker productivity since then, it would be $16.54 an hour today. This means Americans are working harder than ever, but aren’t getting a penny ahead. When you use that data to paint a picture with the most recent quarterly GDP growth surge and the new record-high closing on the Dow Jones, the image is actually quite ugly. The insane growth our economy is experiencing, combined with the fact that 99 percent of Americans aren’t seeing 95 percent of the income gains from that rapid economic surge, means that our hard work is simply feathering the nest of the owne
HEY GIPPER CHANGE YOU SAY????you find things worse than when the moron left obama with 800000 unemployed in just his last month and a low dow?? Really?
Hey gipper Russia on her knees ,,interest rates never lower, gas prices like a great tax refund for everyone,, Getting back with cuba after 50 years, DOW & NAS never higher, consumer confidence zooming THOSE ARE SOME OF MY CARDS BEAT EM
here they are hoping for america to go broke so they could waltz into the WH in 2016 and the great economy is dashing all their hopes Hope they all got coal in their stockings yesterday