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March 6, 2013

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The New York State Assembly is poised to pass a minimum wage bill today (see our memo’s opposed to the bill here) and we urge the Members of the Legislature to read what the Heritage Foundation has to say about raising the minimum wage before casting their vote.
Larry Kudlow speaks out on Sequestration.   And John Podhoretz writes “He did it to himself”, while the Washington Examiner believes the President is bruised. Human Events makes a point.
A little late in posting this, but as the old saying goes, better late than never.
Charles Gaspirano asked the question “Where is Chuck Schumer when you need him”    MIA and so is Senator Gillibrand and Governor Cuomo when it comes to the banking regulations that are harming New York’s economy.
The DOJ continues to undermine families.   I would tell them to read this, Marriage and Politics, but it would only fall on deaf ears and blind eyes.  Americans elected an Administration that believes government is your family and is doing all it can to end the American Dream that acknowledges the strength of family, not government.
Pete DuPont is right:  The entitlement mentality can’t survive a weak economy.
John R. Lott, Jr., writes “What Motivates Mass Murders“, certainly his words must be considered by elected officials.
Tuesday’s with Thomas Sowell.

Monday, March 4, 2013

What was City Council Speaker Quinn thinking?  “Innocent teenagers” and the City should pay up?  Is this the leadership becoming of a Mayor?  New Yorker’s must be wary of this kind of thinking.  And New Yorkers should be questioning why people make certain endorsements.…what is the motive?
Why is Governor Cuomo considering lowering the age to 18 to play “Quick Draw’ in bars when you can’t legally drink until you are 21?  Perhaps a better question would be:  Why the need to expand “Quick Draw” at all, why does the Governor have an insatiable need for money?  Turn off the spigot, spending is out of control.
Will hydrofracking ever come to New York?  Not if Governor Cuomo’s former brother-in-law has a say, and he obviously had his say.
The NY Post has a good editorial “Ethics for fun and profit.”
When did the politician’s role become helping their friends and ignoring the cost to taxpayers?
Bob McManus has a good column in today’s New York Post. Jimmy Vielkind, writing in today’s Albany Times Union, seems to echo some of what McManus wrote…. very interesting that both have some of the same concerns.
George J. Marlin writes about LI Power: The political hot potato.
Forget Steve Austin’s $6 million man, we have a $6 TRILLION man!
Will the President help Americans or will he continue to stifle the Keystone XL Pipeline?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Weekly Wrap-Up

“Shuttered businesses, higher taxes and spending, more crime: The reasons not to allow casino gambling in New York are compelling and many.” That’s from my take on the push for casinos in New York, featured in today’s New York Post.
Where do you stand on this? Do you agree with the Conservative Party, or Andrew Cuomo and the liberals? Give you opinion today in our new Weekly Poll.
Remember the last time the Cuomo crew promised us the sun, moon and stars: “I am proud to be a New Yorker today,” the Governor said when he signed his control bill back in January.  “Not just because New York has the first bill, but because New York has the best bill.”
The bill was “common sense,” according to Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins – or, “responsible” as Mayor Bloomberg put it… because they had all read the bill in detail and understood all of its provisions, right?
Wrong.  Cuomo and friends are now scrambling to fix what they heralded as the best bill ever, and the Governor is especially eager to address Hollywood’s concerns over the new gun controls (with police concerns being a mere footnote to the new adjustments).  Gotta keep those West Coast campaign contributions coming, after all…
In Washington, sequester hysteria has become laughable thanks to Maxine Waters, who predicts that spending cuts could cause 170 million jobs to be lost.
As National Review helpfully points out, “134 million people have jobs in America.”
How many of Rep. Waters’ 170 million jobs killed by sequester will be teachers? None, despite the claims of the Obama Administration.
As Charles Krauthammer says of Obama, “His incentive to deliberately make the most painful and socially disruptive cuts possible (say, oh, releasing illegal immigrants from detention) is enormous. And alarming.”
Give Team Obama credit, they can twist the facts about any number of topics at the same time.  Take Michelle Obama: To hear her tell it, her “Let’s Move” anti-obesity program started trimming kids down five years before it was launched.
With all the manufactured crises being generated by the Obama Administration, it’s easy to forget that there is genuinely cause for concern when it comes to Social Security, Medicare and especially America’s national defenses.
In contrast to the Obama Administration’s fear-mongering over the federal budget, the President wants us to believe that there’s absolutely nothing to worry about when it comes to border security. Not true, says people who actually know what they’re talking about.
But when you have incompetents running the show, this is what happens.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

We have just returned from the largest rally that Albany’s Capitol has seen in years.  The local paper (Albany Times Union) says about 5000 people gathered to protest Governor Cuomo’s “NY SAFE ACT” passed on the first day of the 2013 Legislative Session.  As Sen. O’Mara said at the rally, he waited longer to speak than the bill was on his desk.  The West Capitol Park was a sea of people and I personally believe that the number in the Times Union (supporters of the anti-2nd Amendment bill) is way off.  I heard State Police estimate over 12,000 people.  This much is certain, the people who attended the rally were there on their own accord unlike many of the “rent-a-crowd” rallies that have taken place in Albany.
NRA President, David Keene, (described as a gentleman who sticks to his guns) was the keynote speaker and decried the manner in which Governor Cuomo pushed the bill through the legislature and believes Cuomo will find himself unelectable nationally.
Party Executive Director, Shaun Marie, addressed the 2nd Amendment supporters and told them, rest assured the Conservative Party stands with every single person who is here today — that we will do all we can to REPEAL Governor Andrew Cuomo’s NY SAFE ACT.  The NY SAFE ACT leaves us all vulnerable to those who have no regard for the law and the way Governor Andrew Cuomo demanded it be passed on the first day of the legislative session indicates he has little regard for the law-abiding citizens who own guns.  Repeal — not amend!”
In other news, Sequestration is inevitable and John Brennan has a Benghazi problem.  The Dems just do not understand; spending is the problem. President Obama threatens to veto GOP plan.  Bob Woodward does not back down and continues to be critical of the President. Woodward not the only one threatened, Lanny Davis and why you should be concerned.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More sequestration hype here but apparently Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) does not understand the spending problems America faces.  Rep. Lee introduced legislation to create a Cabinet level -Secretary of Peacebuilding!
President Obama (and Senator Reid)  wants to raise taxes and doesn’t believe we have a spending problem…. Reason.Com explains why he is wrong.
Phil Gramn, who knows a thing or two on how to manage budgets shows his monetary wisdom  in today’s Wall Street Journal article. (subscription required)
American Enterprise Institute has an excellent article on “The Presidency Redefined.”
Here is a novel idea:  How about cutting the employees the federal government pays not to work for Uncle Sam?
Investors abandon solar; is any one surprised?
Wednesday’s with Walter E. Williams — a must read on President Obama’s wanting to raise the minimum wage.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

NYC Mayoral candidate, George McDonald, scores a win in Court, but AG Schneiderman is challenging his win.  If AG Schneiderman is successful, New Yorkers will be the losers.
To say that NYC Comptroller John Liu is in above his head would be an understatement.
Bill O’Reilly strongly criticizes Governor Cuomo’s radical abortion plan.  He, O’Reilly, has more faith in Americans right now than Rush Limbaugh does.
Sequestration!  According to the Administration, Sequestration equals Armageddon and we are doomed if sequestration takes place. Bob Woodward reminds us that this was the Administration’s idea.  The NY Post reminds us that it equals 2.4 cents per dollar.  Michael Goodwin writes about the Administration’s super hype to scare the population.  Speaker Boehner is upset about President Obama using the Military as a prop in the debate.  The Heritage Foundation has practical solutions.  Seriously, President Obama, do you really have to raise the terror threat?    Andrew Malcolm reminds us that the President  is now blaming Republicans for his idea.   This chart helps explain spending continues just at a slightly — 2.4% — less rate. (The way the Administration is carrying on, one would think that the sequestration was cutting 20% from current spending rather than 2.4% of projected spending.)
President Obama still insists spending is not our biggest problem.
With “logic” like this, no wonder the Administration thinks the way it does.  If this think tank is his favorite place to get policy advice, we really are doomed.
President Obama should start listening to Dr. Benjamin Carson instead of the Center for American Progress.
Lest we forget:  The Power of Economic Progress.
Bill Hammond thinks hydrofracking may be acceptable.  Welcome aboard, Mr. Hammond.
Tuesday’s with Thomas Sowell.

Monday, February 25, 2013

In a Newsmax article you can read here  former Governor Pataki speaks out on Governor Cuomo’s radical plan to expand abortions in New York State.

Meanwhile, Governor Cuomo’s top legal aide, Nancy Denerstein,  tries to “correct” the “wildly false misinformation” those of us who respect life are saying which is based on the only bill that is available for us to review.  The bottom line is simple:  Innocent Life at any stage must be respected.  The NY Times’ headline is correct when it states “Cuomo Bucks Tide With Bill to Ease Limits on Abortion.”  With all of the advances in medicine, it is making people realize that this unborn child can no longer be called anything except an innocent unborn child.
The New York City Mayor’s race is wide open and hopefully residents are listening to all the candidates.  The Conservative Party is paying close attention to the race.
Another good article —  dealing with the issue of binding arbitration — by E. J. McMahon in Newsday.  (subscription required.)
Governor Cuomo is raising money and recognition out side of New York State.  Do you still think he isn’t running for President?   For a person who wants campaign finance reform, he certainly does not hesitate to fund raise for what he wants.  And, of course,  what George Soros wants…..
It really is unfortunate that neither understand the ramifications of raising the minimum wage.
Speaker Silver always wants more.  He will disregard rules or laws if they don’t fit what he demands and will work around ways to be certain to get the money for his pets….taxpayers don’t matter.
About that promise the President made to Americans about their health care,  apparently he can’t keep it. 
The Heritage Foundation thinks the President is a flip-flopper, especially on same-sex marriage.
I can’t help but wonder if this was part of Governor Brown’s plan to raise the taxes even higher in California, knowing full well the residents will not put up with this.
Even the CBC (Citizens Budget Commission) is rejecting a Gov. Cuomo budget proposal.

Weekly Poll

Governor Andrew Cuomo and his liberal allies claim that casinos will unleash economic growth in New York and benefit all taxpayers. Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long, in a column for the New York Post, argues that letting casinos take over is a bad deal for New York.

Do you support giving big casinos free rein throughout New York?

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