Only hope can save us!

I’ve kept silent in this hellish political season. That’s a hard thing for a journalist/attorney to do. I’ll admit I was unsure until last night but the light bulb went off as President Obama addressed the Democratic Convention.

I remember that night in 2004 when he first took the national stage. I was mesmerized by his forceful, infectious optimism, not yet tarnished by the corroding abrasion of Washington lawmakers. If you remember, his message was one of hope.

Well, a lot has happened since then. America is living under a cloud of fear. The fear of  parents who can’t imagine how they’ll pay for college for their child; the fear of grandparents who don’t turn on the lights because they can’t afford the bill; the fear of children who see friends shot in the safe harbor of a school and the fear of teens who see heroin as a cheap Saturday night.  Fear has grabbed hold of the black population, scared to send their young men for a container of milk and cops operating under a trigger point state of paranoia for their lives.

History has shown us what fear can do to a population. History in our time and not in the dusty books of a university library. Fear is palpable all around us.

The two candidates who saw that fear in our eyes took the baton and ran to places we never imagined. One who continues to ply that fear and the other whose burn to change it fell short.

Only Americans can change this malaise, this anxiety-ridden cloud that is suffocating us faster than a swath of disease-carrying mosquitoes on a stagnant pond. We are choking with fear. We long for the security of a country that can protect us, rather than a country who is chided and viewed with derision on the global stage. We long for the days when we could send our kids out on a summer night to play safely in the streets without fear of random gunfire. We long for the day when bankruptcy was the taboo and not the norm for every other American. We are Americans. We hope, we dream that our best days are still ahead. Our eternal optimism is what makes us stand out and what makes us strong in this world. That is precisely what makes us Americans.

If we, as Americans, are going to win in November, the candidates need to take our fears seriously, not ignore them. Listen to what the fear mongers are saying and give us a concrete path to tomorrow. That’s the only way to win the election. That’s the only way to tip the numbers in our favor.

Of course we are afraid. It’s a scary world but baseless propaganda which panders to that is not the solution. You’ve got this America, now get out and do something about it and vote. It is your birthright! It is our future.

If you want change……….we’ve come this far……..after 240 years of male leadership, why not let women take the lead!

Time for a change

Westchester Attorney says put the brakes on auto bailout & give global economy a reboot

An open letter to the triumvirate in Washington playing like Matchbox Cars with the government bailout of the auto industry…….

Dear President Obama, Treasury Secretary Geithner and NEC chief Lawrence Summers,

Please stop, enough already. You are playing with my money and right now I don’t feel like sharing.

You have given billions to an industry that is being killed off from the inside, by a union virus that can’t see the forest for the trees, and you are letting it happen. I am a proud union card holder – hey, my WGA card is good for nothing except getting me into free movies during Oscar season but at least that’s something! The UAW, on the other hand, is holding firm to union contracts and practices that helped kill the very industry which made them so strong. More power to them. Use my tax dollars to help them suffocate the last breath of a once vibrant giant. Be my guest.

GM and all the other car manufacturers are even willing to foot the bill for folks who lose their jobs and can’t make their car payments…..they’ll pay up to nine month’s worth of payments up to $500 a month. OMG, $500 monthly car payments? What do they own, or should I say, what will I own when they default? A Jaguar XK? Oh no, that’s right, they’re owned by Ford which hasn’t accepted any of my money – at least not yet?

Now here’s the catch, this latest offer by GM is only good for people who lose their job through no fault of their own and who can qualify for unemployment benefits. Hmmmmmm, I’m a sole proprietor so I don’t even qualify if I default on my own car loan. That doesn’t seem right, does it? Others can default on HUGE car loans and then my money goes to bailing them out. Something’s wrong with this picture. Wall Street doesn’t like it either because GM’s battered stock dropped another 28% today.

I have the solution, my second one of this economic crisis and maybe this time you should listen to me. I first suggested that people should pay for things a reasonable value and let the market decide. Now I am suggesting that we can fix this global crisis by an international forgiveness of ALL debt. That’s right. We got into this mess together, so let’s get out of it together and stop making the working class pay for this financial roadkill. Let every creditor forgive every individual, corporate and national debt and let’s start over. Everyone will work a reasonable day for a reasonable wage and we will reboot the global economy together.

President Obama faces tough opposition among G20 leaders

President Obama faces tough opposition among G20 leaders

Hey, it beats anything coming out of Washington or that G20 meeting in London…..and from what I hear, you don’t have many friends there.

I can help. Call me, or better yet, send me a ticket with some of that bailout money. It’s my money, afterall, and I would like a first-class ticket to see Big Ben.