Another HUD Secretary from NYS is in charge of something important

This time in the wake of Hurrican Sandy.  What could possibly go wrong?

At American Thinker:

On November 15, Obama, speaking in New York, announced his choice of a federal "point person" in dealing with the recovery efforts:
On the federal level, because this is going to be such a big job, I wanted to assign one particular person who would be in charge from our perspective, who would be our point person...our outstanding HUD Secretary, Shaun Donovan, who used to be the head of the New York Housing Authority -- so he knows a little bit about New York and building -- is going to be our point person. And he's going to be working with the mayor, the governor, the borough presidents, the county officials to make sure that we come up with a strong, effective plan. And then, I'll be working with the members of Congress to do everything we can to get the resources needed to rebuild. And I have every confidence that Shaun is going to be doing a great job, and so people should feel some confidence about that.
Don't you feel all warm and fuzzy?
Since we often don't know very much about our less visible cabinet secretaries, meet our class-warfare czar:
I would never believe that the private sector, left to its own devices, is the best possible solution. I’m in government because of the role of government in setting rules and working in partnership with the private sector.
As the blogger, Daren Jonescu, writes
For "setting rules" here, read "rigging the market." Having first set the rules in this manner, the "partnership" to which he refers is approximately analogous to the "partnership" between a protection racket and the shop owner who has been intimidated into paying the protection money.
Hey—nice place ya got here.  Wouldn't want anything to, y'know, happen to it.
A recent article by the Huffington Post's Peter S. Goodman showed how one homeowner from the Bronx has continued to struggle to save her home because of the outrageous treatment she's received at the hands of the bank that services her loan. Reporting with painstaking detail the obstacles Bank of America has thrown up as Katie Diaz spent months trying to secure a mortgage modification that lowered her monthly costs, Goodman's piece highlights the reality too many homeowners have faced during this crisis -- the dropped calls, lost paperwork and poor customer service that leaves them frustrated, confused and unsure whether they will be able to save their home.
Unfortunately, the author assigned much of the blame for these failures not to Bank of America, Ms. Diaz's servicer -- but rather to the $25 billion mortgage servicing settlement that Bank of America and four other servicers agreed to this spring. The largest mortgage relief effort in history, the settlement provides $17 billion in consumer relief and billions more to states that can be used for proven anti-foreclosure efforts like housing counseling. It also creates tough new customer service standards that require servicers to put an end to the kind of behavior faced by Ms. Diaz.
However, from Goodman's piece, the reader is left to believe that the settlement has failed before it has even fully taken effect.
Not only does the piece fail to cite any of the homeowners who have already received significant relief through the settlement, it isn't until the fourteenth paragraph that the article even mentions that the new servicing standards designed to protect Ms. Diaz and others from the abuses documented in the article won't be fully implemented until early-October -- when the settlement requires the banks to fully comply with more than 300 specific servicing standards...
As Jonescu points out
This is not an SEIU rabble rouser, or a Communist Party Obama supporter. This is a member of the president's cabinet. The explicit "eat the rich," 99%, class warfare vocabulary in this op-ed would have been fairly shocking, even for a Democratic administration, prior to the current one. Now, of course, it is so commonplace, including from the president himself, that we hardly even notice anymore.
If all this sounds just a tad familiar—albeit even more extreme—that may be because of one of Donovan's predecessors at HUD. At the Village Voice no less, in 2008:
...Andrew Cuomo, the youngest Housing and Urban Development secretary in history, made a series of decisions between 1997 and 2001 that gave birth to the country's current crisis. He took actions that—in combination with many other factors—helped plunge Fannie and Freddie into the subprime markets without putting in place the means to monitor their increasingly risky investments. He turned the Federal Housing Administration mortgage program into a sweetheart lender with sky-high loan ceilings and no money down, and he legalized what a federal judge has branded "kickbacks" to brokers that have fueled the sale of overpriced and unsupportable loans. Three to four million families are now facing foreclosure, and Cuomo is one of the reasons why.
What he did is important—not just because of what it tells us about how we got in this hole, but because of what it says about New York's attorney general, who has been trying for months to don a white hat in the subprime scandal, pursuing cases against banks, appraisers, brokers, rating agencies, and multitrillion-dollar, quasi-public Fannie and Freddie...
Long, but definitely read the whole thing.
Has this particular leopard, a presumed 2016 POTUS wannabe, actually changed his spots?  To listen to NYS Republican legislators, you would think so.  But keep that Village Voice piece in mind as we move FORWARD! (you might say) to the end of the Obama presidency.
Also remember that Mario's kid was for a 45% NYS Thruway toll hike before he was against it.  And then there's this (via South of 5 and 20):
ALBANY, N.Y. — Cash-strapped New York has tentatively chosen the highest bidder to produce driver's licenses under a disputed contract that would provide only black-and-white photos and end up costing the state nearly $38 million more than the current contract if it's approved.

According to court papers reviewed by The Associated Press, the losing vendors, including the company that has produced New York licenses with color photos for 16 years, are protesting the $88.5 million award to a Canadian company.

The award to CBN Secure Technology Inc. of Ottawa is also being reviewed by the state comptroller.
CBN is part of the Canadian Bank Note company that prints Canadian money, passports and driver's licenses worldwide. Company officials did not respond to repeated requests for comment.
The DMV tentatively awarded the contract to the high bidder 10 months after New York advised the current vendor, De La Rue North America Inc., that because of "significant budgetary constraints" the state would have to reduce the cost of the contract, according to the court filings. As a result, De La Rue submitted a bid 10 percent lower for the new, eight-year contract, which ended up being nearly $38 million less than CBN's bid...
Apparently, Andy hasn't sullied his hands with filthy lucre from this particular company, though:
State records show no campaign contributions from its top officers to any New York officials. CBN, founded in 1897, also has a lottery systems division for gaming run by governments, but has no contracts with New York where Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to expand gambling.
Call me skeptical, but these leopards never really change their spots.

Snakes on a bus

Sister Si-moan v. SE (via NewsBusters):

I'll give her the benefit of the doubt and assume that Sister Simone means well in this instance (although I can just hear the nuns who taught me: "You know what happens, class, when we ASS-U-ME...")  but the woman is dumb as a box of rocks—my apologies to all the ladies in habits who taught me over the years who had infinitely more on the ball than Sister Simone.

She needs to read a little Thomas Sowell, who might just know a wee bit more about economics than she does:

...the cold fact is that minimum wage laws create massive unemployment among black teenagers. Conversely, one of the lowest rates of unemployment among black teenagers occurred in the 1940s, when inflation virtually repealed the minimum wage law passed in 1938, since even unskilled labor was paid more in inflated dollars than the minimum wage law required.
Even during the recession year of 1949, black teenage unemployment was a fraction of what it would be in the most prosperous later years, after the minimum wage rate was raised repeatedly to keep pace with inflation. One of the few benefits of inflation is that it can in effect repeal minimum wage laws...
But Sister and her ilk are our moral and intellectual superiors, doncha know.  Right. 

Tompkins County Republicans Chair Jamie Drader on WHCU this morning...

...on Reed, Shinagawa, and the future direction of the county and the country.

Drader: "Republicans in the House need to stand firm when it comes to fiscal responsibility."

Yes, principles matter.

And, personally, on another issue, what Lee Rayburn calls Shinagawa's "conviction," many others would call merely glibness.

You can listen to whole thing here.

Parting shot

See Tom Reynolds' letter in today's Tompkins Weekly (pg.6):

It’s an established economic principle that raising taxes during a recession hurts the economy; Obamacare creates over twenty new taxes.  Wendy Long and Tom Reed will repeal Obamacare while Gillibrand and Shinagawa blindly hold true to their party line.

One Obamacare tax is on medical technology, the key to medical progress.  Does Shinagawa believe taxing innovation will encourage it? 
The “Bush Tax cuts” are decade old tax rates that are about to expire and continuing them merely keeps taxes at current levels.  Not extending them is a tax increase! Gillibrand and Shinagawa will vote against established economic principles, while Reed and Long will vote sound economic policy.
Shinagawa and Gillibrand’s economic knowledge centers around the talking point, “Tax the rich”.  It’s been shown without serious contradiction (because it’s true) that taxing the rich will not significantly help the national deficit.  Long and Reed understand that the way to balance the budget is a strong overall economy which creates many times more tax revenue than a talking point.    
With the national debt and the annual deficit soaring, Gillibrand and Shinagawa want to focus on birth control, which is a non-issue for everyone but Democratic candidates looking to escape the Obama economy. Long and Reed focus on spending control, balancing the budget and reining in a runaway government headed for a fiscal cliff.
Gillibrand’s crowning achievement is the STOCK Act, which deals with insider trading by members of Congress. Unfortunately for citizens NOT serving in Congress, it is ineffective and easily bypassed. Gillibrand’s crowning achievement is just business as usual.
We need serious people like Tom Reed and Wendy Long.  They understand sound economic principles and that Congress should play by the same rules as everyone else.  Their opponents seem to be economically illiterate and capable only of parroting partisan talking points.
Tom Reed for Congress and Wendy Long for US Senate!

Channeling Ronald Reagan

Time to toot my own horn as well as Reagan's.  This letter appeared a couple of days ago in the Ithaca Journal:

The Founders fought a revolution and based it on a revolutionary assumption: that people were capable of governing — and caring for — themselves, with everything that entails. Without such a belief, none of the blood spilled and hardships endured in those years would have made any sense.
Do we still hold the same belief? This election is the time to choose, and the contrast is clear.
Do we demand tax reform that restores the real American dream — not a house, broadband internet, and a cell phone, but the ability to go as far as our abilities will take us — or do we continue to immorally redistribute income through progressive taxation?
Do we prefer a maximum of individual freedom consistent with order — or do we want totalitarianism? The hegemony of a colossally inefficient public sector, or a liberated and adaptable private sector?
Do we continue to send taxpayer dollars to countries that are the antithesis of what we’ve stood for? Or do we materially aid only those allies that share our beliefs?
These and other questions are of utmost importance this election. Go vote accordingly.

Thinking of casting a protest vote?

Or maybe no vote at all? Watch this video.

In fact, even if you've already decided to vote for Romney/Ryan, watch it anyway.

Via Michelle Malkin:

Please watch this very important video from Bill Whittle. We have the power to stand up for conservativism and for the principles upon which this great nation was founded. Don't throw it away.

Declaring independence...from Barack Obama

At the Cornell Review (click on the image below to embiggen this 21st century Declaration):

...The history of the present President of the United States is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused to govern within the confines of the powers granted to him under the Constitution of the United States.
He has misused the Executive Privilege to withhold information from the American people regarding Operation Fast and Furious. He has forgone the War Powers Act to commit United States troops without the consent of the Senate.
He has been weak against outspoken adversaries of America.
He has piled mountains of debt upon the people; borrowing against the productivity of future generations to pay for today’s frivolous

Tompkins County Republicans on the airwaves...

...and in the ether.

TCGOP has been running 5 radio ads on WHCU and Q-Country (they both also stream live) during the morning "drive time" (6am-9am hours). They'll run on Monday morning, November 5th, as well. FYI, the scripts are here, here, here, here, and here. The voice is Tom Reynolds'.

Also, TCGOP Vice Chair Tom Reynolds and TCGOP Counsel Henry Kramer discuss the election in a pre-recorded interview, 8pm on Tuesday night....on Channel 16 and streaming at IC TV.

Ithaca College is NOT a bastion of diversity?

You mean it isn't inclusive?

Yes, that's what I mean. In an age of positively grating identity politics on campuses (and elsewhere), where being as unlike the others as possible is elevated to the level of sainthood, every conceivable group and subgroup comprising the human species is included, tolerated, understood...except for Republicans and conservatives.

Not a news flash to people living in and around a college town, but it's always nice to have data that back up the anecdotal evidence and gut instinct (click on the image to embiggen):


So what group of well-funded subversives came up with this data? The Ithaca College Republicans. You know, students.

From the accompanying paper:

Step onto Ithaca College’s campus, and you can’t help but see the progressive bias. Ithaca College Republicans pointed out this bias in 2003, when they discovered 93.6 percent of faculty in the County of Tompkins were registered Democrats or Greens versus only 6.4 percent Republicans or Conservatives....

...where do we stand nine years later?  We are left with a mission statement, which is merely rhetoric, rather than reality.  In Ithaca College’s mission statement, we are told, “Ithaca College is committed to attracting a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff.”  In updating the study, the Ithaca College Republicans [found] the numbers remain unchanged.  In voter identifying the faculty of Ithaca College in Tompkins County in September of 2012, we have discovered Democrats and Greens to make up 92.1 percent of IC faculty, contrasted with 7.9 percent Republicans and Conservatives.  Although this is 1.5 percent better than it was in 2003, it falls within the margin of error, representing really no change at all...

...In Ithaca College’s strategic vision for the current decade, IC 20/20 Vision and Plan, which was approved in May of 2011, it is stated, “Every Ithaca College student should graduate with a multi-cultural competence that prepares them to live and work effectively and in harmony within a diverse society and an increasingly interdependent global community.” How are we preparing our students to live in a diverse society when we are disregarding the perspective of over 42 percent of the nation’s population?... 

...What is so diverse about a community who all thinks the same?
You can read the whole thing here.
Those outside academe might think this is a tempest in a teapot, merely an internal problem to be solved on campus. But when you consider the volume of taxes at all levels of government that is funneled, directly or indirectly, into colleges and universities—and thereby funneled into the Democratic Party and its alter egos—the dearth of intellectual diversity at these recipients of taxpayer largesse becomes a very big deal for everyone.
For more information about the study, contact Ithaca College Republicans Chair Rob Oliver at (781) 534-2306.


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