Mitt Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan as his running mate is, at one level, a huge gamble. Congressman Ryan is a divisive figure in American politics, demonized as a knuckle-dragging fiscal Neanderthal who would be happy to throw granny out on the street and drag the poor back to the workhouse. Democrats will be more Read More
As a single man, I live for the single girl.
With the passing of Helen Gurley Brown, the original Cosmo girl, the old debates about her retro-progressive, sex-positive brand of feminism will be rekindled. And even as she is lauded as a catalyst for a spectacular wave of newfound sexual empowerment among a gender that was often brow-beaten and moralized into frigid submission, she may well perpetually be reviled by the old-school feminist cadres whose humorlessness almost ruined feminism for the rest of us. Read More
Goldman Sachs has become, in certain circles, a punching bag for demagogues and panderers who would have you believe that the firm somehow symbolizes all that critics dislike about global capitalism in general and Wall Street in particular.
Goldman deserves better, but that’s another argument for another time. For now, it is important to note the firm now has a financial stake in reforming New York’s criminal justice system. It’s the sort of public-private policy initiative that ought to be encouraged at all levels of government, particularly as states and municipalities continue to struggle with budget deficits. Read More
The state is suggesting that it may nearly triple the cost of crossing the Hudson River from Rockland County to Westchester County when it replaces the outdated Tappan Zee Bridge in several years. The new bridge is going to cost some $5 billion, and Governor Cuomo needs to figure out how to pay for it.
The plan to hit up drivers for 14 bucks when they enter Westchester County (the bridge has a one-way toll system) is very likely a trial balloon, similar to the Port Authority’s plan last year to impose huge new hikes on its bridges and tunnels that connect New York and New Jersey. Governors Cuomo and Christie expressed horror and outrage, and the PA, as if on cue, immediately reduced its request, but tolls went up all the same.
That’s the likely scenario for the new Tappan Zee Bridge—the toll will be significantly higher than it is now, but it won’t be as high as the request. That’s how politics works. But here’s the problem: Government is making it increasingly expensive for commuters and commercial traffic, and that’s simply not good news for the city and regional economy. Read More
This page has been warning of an impending fiscal calamity if the state’s local governments continue to resist needed fiscal reforms. The plight of local governments in California—where pension costs are forcing some local governments to reduce basic services, including police protection—serves as an example of what could easily happen here. Read More
Okay, we were with Mayor Bloomberg when he successfully sought to ban smoking in bars and restaurants. We liked his crackdown on gigantic servings of sugar-laden soda. We bought the argument that government has an obligation to act forcefully on matters of public health.
But now he’s going too far.
Beginning next month, the city Read More
Let there be no mistake: Having an Apple store in Grand Central Terminal is a good thing. Apple is just the kind of anchor tenant that any landlord would want. The company’s decision to locate a store in the terminal last year was greeted with cheers, and why not—Apple is paying more than $1 million Read More
Andrew Cuomo has been governor of New York for less than two years, and he already has achieved successes that some two-termers never managed. He has taken important steps toward a much-needed overhaul of the state’s pension and benefit systems. Budgets have been delivered ahead of time, without the usual rancor. He has ignored the Read More
There are many ways for a politician to prove his or her leadership skills. One of them, surely, is to put the common good (and common sense) ahead of the narrow interests of supporters. Especially well-known supporters.
Council Speaker Christine Quinn passed that crucial test recently when she refused to back down on an ill-advised bill despite intense public pressure from high-profile supporters, especially feminist Gloria Steinem.
We’ve been critical of Ms. Quinn in the past because she seemed to take positions based not on principle but on political calculation. She is, of course, one of the leading candidates to succeed Michael Bloomberg as mayor next year. As Speaker of the Council, Ms. Quinn is the second most-powerful elected official in municipal politics, so her performance in the role should offer some insight into the kind of mayor she would be. Read More
James E. Holmes walked into a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, last week carrying with him a semi-automatic assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol. Over the last few months, he spent thousands of dollars on ammunition.
Nobody noticed. And now 12 innocent people are dead, scores wounded and hundreds of lives scarred by a madman’s easy access to guns and ammunition.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most passionate advocates of common-sense gun regulation, gave voice to the outrage so many of us felt when we learned of the massacre in Colorado. Read More