January 2011

The New Infrastructure

by Kevin Dixon on January 30, 2011

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There was the Empire State Building: the world’s tallest building at 102 stories taking just over 13 months to build, opening on May 1, 1931.

There was the Hoover Dam: 726 feet high, holding 6.6 million tons of concrete, holding back the mighty Colorado River, taking less than two years to build. It was started in 1931, completed in 1933 and turned over to the Federal Government in 1936, two years ahead of schedule.

There was the Golden Gate Bridge, a four year project completed in 1937, the longest span suspension bridge in the world at the time.

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Obama Loses His Balance

by Bill O'Connell on January 27, 2011

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As indicated in a previous post, President Obama’s reelection effort depended on him walking a tightrope that required him to stem the hemorrhage of independent supporters while keeping the livid left on his side. His State of the Union address showed him confidently stepping out on the high wire, with lofty language extolling the virtues of America. But by the end of the speech it looked like the aerialist was leaning to one side, sticking his leg out on the other as a counterbalance while starting to pinwheel his arms backwards to avert a fall.

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The Ship of State is Sinking

by Bill O'Connell on January 26, 2011

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On the surface, President Obama’s State of the Union address was like many others, long on platitudes, short on substance. I had the opportunity to witness it at the studio of WNYC in New York. We were a handful of Tea Party members is a sea of progressives.

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It’s Time to Dismantle the Public Sector Unions

by Bill O'Connell on January 25, 2011

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The public sector unions have succeeded. They have been so successful they are on the verge of bankrupting the country. Like the private sector unions, who at one time were a key advocate for unskilled and semi-skilled workers, they don’t know when to declare victory and go home.

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Obama: A Move to the Center or a Head Fake?

by Bill O'Connell on January 24, 2011

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By now you are probably getting pretty tired of the comparisons of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama and how Obama is/would/should apply the lessons learned by Bill Clinton and coast to a second term. I, however, have always seen Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as two very different politicians with different goals.

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First Anniversary of Saving the First Amendment

by Bill O'Connell on January 21, 2011

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The bedrock principle of the First Amendment is to protect political speech from government censorship. That is what the Founders intended as a way for the citizens to disagree with their government without fear of reprisal.

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The One Vote Filibuster

by Bill O'Connell on January 20, 2011

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With all the wailing and gnashing of teeth over those obstructionist Republicans and how they stopped the Obama agenda, particularly during the Lame Duck session, the Democrats were going to change the rules so that never happens again.

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Tea Party Racist to the CORE?

by Bill O'Connell on January 18, 2011

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The 26th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday celebration sponsored by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) held at the New York Sheraton last night was a remarkable event in the midst of all the babble about discourse and civility.  Of course it was civil; it would not be any other way, but considering the venom that has flowed in the past year with charges from racism during the health care debate to causing the Tucson shootings it struck a very different and positive tone.

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The Liberal Impulse

by Kevin Dixon on January 15, 2011

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The families of the victims in the Tuscon shooting are experiencing agony which cannot be described in words. To understand it, it must be lived. To lose a child, a spouse, a sibling, a friend, neighbor or loved one to such a senseless tragedy leaves one in shock and despair.  A feeling of vulnerability envelopes them. In an instant their worlds are turned upside down, and every day they will have to find a way to get through it, to learn how to cope without their loved one. I know. It happened to me.

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The Loopy Gun Control Legislation Begins

by Bill O'Connell on January 13, 2011

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Long Island’s own Peter King (R) plans to introduce legislation that would make it illegal for someone to knowingly carry a gun within 1,000 feet of certain high-ranking federal officials, including members of Congress.  Before I take on the nuttiness of the law itself, I have to ask, “What makes them so special?” 

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