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NY MAYOR BLOOMBERG WOULD GIVE FISCAL CONSERVATIVES A CHOICE IN 2020

By Steven R. Maher

New York Mayor Mike Bloombergโ€™s entry into the Presidential race is good news for fiscally conservative Democrats.

One thing you can say in candidate Bernie Sandersโ€™ favor is that heโ€™s straightforward about his socialist end goals. But Elizabeth Warren, with her $42 trillion health plan alone, is planning to take the country to an economically unknown place. She plans to radically restructure society with a soak-the-super-rich scheme to finance her plans should she be elected President. How the disparate segments of Warrenโ€™s various finance plans would work together is a mystery to me. Separately, I think something like Medicare For All could be risked. But if you throw it in with Warrenโ€™s other plans, the likelihood is all these drastic changes arenโ€™t going to work – if we do all Warrenโ€™s proposals at once.

One Warren proposal I definitely endorse is her desire to break up large corporations – using anti-trust laws – to name a few: Google, Facebook and Amazon. These global corporations are the 21st centuryโ€™s version of the military industrial complex that President Dwight Eisenhower railed about as he left office.

I believe in balanced budgets and a pro-growth government. Two of the best presidents in modern America history were Dwight Eisenhower and Bill Clinton. Each balanced the American budget and gave America a period of peace and prosperity. Yes, we can have peace and prosperity at the same time! Itโ€™s been done. We need a common-sense President who watches what goes on overseas but does not rush to insert America into other nationโ€™s wars the way George W. Bush did. It will require scaling back Trumpโ€™s tax cuts for the top 1% of the country.

There are two existential issues facing our country right now: One is global warming is reaching a boiling point โ€“ literally. The other is the national debt problem (trillions of dollars in the red), which could explode at any time.

America needs a President who can turn the bleeding red ink into a positive cash flow. Mike Bloomberg is a billionaire and has the experience of dealing with large governments such as New York City. Bloomberg will provide a choice for those who see fiscal calamity as something requiring immediate Presidential action. He is also on the forefront of slowing down global warming and common-sense gun control!

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From Chantel Bethea, the lady๐Ÿ’ฎโ˜‘๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™€๏ธwe hoped would be on the Worcester Schoolโœจโœจ Committee๐Ÿ˜‰ Jan 2020:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

This is not the outcome we wanted or we worked so hard for, and I apologize that we did not win this election for the values we share and the vision we hold for our Children of Worcester Public School.

But I feel proud and thankful for this wonderful campaign that we built together, this diverse, creative, unruly, energized campaign.

I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too. And so do the parents and children who invested their hopes and aspirations in this effort.

This will be a trying two years. But I want you to remember this: Our campaign was never about one child or even one election. It was about the city of Worcester changing the narrative and opening the eyes of those in power, and about building an Community that’s hopeful, inclusive and energized. And we did that.

We have seen that our city is more deeply divided than we thought, but I still believe in the People of Worcester. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future.

And let me add, our engagement within the school system needs to be seen more and with all of us at the table. Participation (Us coming together and Working together) is going to be key Not just every two years, but all the time. So let’s do all we can to keep advancing the causes and values we all hold dear to our hearts. Making our school system work for everyone.

So now our responsibility as Worcester Advocates is to keep doing our part to build that better, stronger Worcester, we want for our children. And I know we will. I am so grateful to stand with some amazing advocates that know and understand that The Works Doesn’t Stop Now.

I will always be grateful to the creative, talented, dedicated men and women that worked so hard with the campaign. You poured your hearts into this campaign. Some of us, it was our first campaign. I want each of you to know that you were the best campaign team anyone could have ever expected or wanted.

And to the volunteers, community leaders, activists, and young people who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook, had a house party, THANK YOU! We could not have done what we did without you!

And to all who put their faith in this campaign and in me, I want you to know that nothing has made me prouder than to be your Champion. And the Work Continues Regardless!

Thank You again for Believing in Me !!!

– Chantel Bethea

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No affordable housing here in the Canal District!

Amazing! Worcester City Manager Ed Augustus shuts down the affordable-housing-generating OAK HILL CDC ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ˜๏ธ (which was led by and empowered we low-income neighborhood folks!) without compunction … but his city DPW and subcontactors always suck up the extra city bucks$$ by dogging their city jobs, working at their sites in our city neighborhoods MAKING THOUSANDS OF EXTRA dollars. The crews have been on Whipple Street/in Quinsig Village for months and months – $$$$$taxpayer-funded! How many of you have seen the city DPW guys napping in their big City of Worcester trucks?!?! – killing that last hour of being on the taxpayers’ clock with their precious zzzzzzs, “hiding” behind Canterbury Street … skulking around the side of St. John’s Cemetery. Of course: they are relatives and friends of Woo city officials – got their city jobs the way Ed Augustus did: they knew somebody in City Hall. … When Oak Hill CDC moved from its Providence Street House, by Woo Academy, way way down the street to the seniors housing complex nook, I thought: sonething’s up …

So now, with the Green Island CDC gone years ago, THERE WILL BE NO ONE IN MY OLD NEIGHBORHOOD ADVOCATING FOR affordable housing, for keeping regular folks in their apts outside the Allen Fletcher and Co. gentrified Canal District. Money-mismanagement was allegedly a problem at the Green Island CDC, too. … Allen Fletcher was supposed to be Mullen’s pal – where is he now???? He can donate that $75,000 to keep the CDC open!!!

– pic + text by Rosalie Tirella