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Records released yesterday show that Mayor Bloomberg of NYC spent $102 million of his own money to win a third term. The New York Times notes that it worked out to about $174 per vote. Bloomberg already spent $159 million on his previous two elections for mayor. He has spent more of his own money than anyone else in the US running for public office. Bloomberg outspent his Democratic opponent, Bill Thompson, 14 to 1 in this election.
Nice if you can afford it, but totally absurd.
Why should anyone be allowed to buy an election?
The irony is that Bloomberg helped instituted campaign finance reform in the City but elected not to participate.
I like Bloomberg and he may have been the better candidate for NYC at this time but two things must change. There must be limits on spending on elections and there should be a limit of two terms for this ..continue reading
Isn’t this a great country?
Where else can you help defraud the government for hundreds of millions of dollars and then turn around get yourself the best lawyer around and claim that you are owed billions of dollars?
Meet Bardley Birkenfeld, former banker at UBS.
Birkenfled helped his rich clients hide millions of dollars offshore evading U.S. taxes.
He was caught and prosecuted and is to begin his 40 month sentence early next year.
But when he gets out he may be a very rich man. Maybe he will make the Forbes richest Americans list when he is released.
As the NYT reports Birkenfeld decided to work with the government and exposed UBS’ tax evasion techniques. The government decided to offer amnesty to Americans who pay their back taxes and penalties. As a result of a settlement with UBS the names and accounts of over 4,000 UBS clients were turned over to the government. The ..continue reading
Wednesday, November 25th, 2009   4:49 am | Author: Tony | Food, Life
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and the good samariitans who donate on the streets of New York.
The United Homeless Organization (UHO), a nonprofit group set up to help feed and house the homeless, is an elaborate fraud.
The group’s founder and president, Stephen Riley, and its director, Myra Walker, set up a scheme whereby they charge a daily fee for the folding tables and UHO materials and coin jars to street peddlers who then collect money and pocket most of the money with the remainder going back to Riley and Walker.
The NYT indicated that Riley and Walker have spent the money to pay bills at Weightwatchers.com, Toys “R” Us, P. C. Richard, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and premium cable and electricity bills at their homes.
The Homeless are probably not receiving anything from these collections.
NYS Attorney General Andrew Cuomo filed a lawsuit against the organization and stated “U.H.O. exploits the good intentions of people who thought that their charitable donations were helping ..continue reading
Rudy Giuliani kicked around the idea of running for Governor of New York but decided against it. Probably because Andrew Cumo will be running and Giuliani would not win that contest.
Guiliani needed a way to get back in the game.
So the word is out that he will run for Senator in NYS in 2010 against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand who was appointed by Governor Patterson to replace Hillary Clinton.
Is he doing this because he wants to be Senator? It doesn’t look that way.
The Daily News reports that “if elected, the source said, he would use that as a stepping stone to run for President in 2012 - and would not run for re-election to the Senate.”
Giuliani’s spokesperson downplayed the report but did not say it was wrong.
Guiliani seems to be forgetting a few things. Many in NY did not like him when he was mayor and his 9/11 hero image was ..continue reading
Unfortunately racism appears again. This time related to the winner of the NYC marathon.
There is an article in the New York Times about Mebrahtom Keflezighi, the men’s winner of this year’s NYC Marathon.
Several blogs and even some MSM pundits have questioned if Keflezighi is actually an American.
Keflezighi was an immigrant who came here when he was 12. He is an American citizen and has lived here for 22 years. As the Times points out he is ”a product of American distance running programs at the youth, college and professional levels.”
But 22 years of living and growing up in the United States is not enough for some people. They claim he is not an American runner.
An incredible claim considering this country was built by immigrants.
But that has not stopped the veiled racist comments including “Give us all a break. It’s just another African marathon winner.”
“In a commentary on CNBC.com, Darren Rovell wrote, “Nothing against Keflezighi, but ..continue reading