Archive for May, 2010

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The Most Hated in NYC

May 12, 2010

Hugs for Mike!


I have a confession to make. I worked for the Mayor Mike Bloomberg reelection campaign. I told this to very few people about because most people I know disliked the Mayor. I disliked the Mayor myself. When I seen and answered a posting on Craig’s List, I didn’t know what the job would entail. Once I found out it was a door to door job, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it. Why would I do something like that for someone I disliked? Sadly, it was the only job I could get at the time.

I decided to try it out for a few days. It turned out to be not that bad. I started to learn about the Mayor, things such as him being an Independent, and the election itself. I found myself reading various newspapers at the library to find out what was going on in the election. I paid attention to the television ads. In addition to all of this, I learned how important ground work was in an election. I also learned how to promote proposed plans and how to respond to things people brought up.

My experience at the doors was interesting, even on the first day. I took some notes from time to time because I was inspired to write about the experience on a new blog I would create, which is the one you’re reading right now. We were sent into neighborhoods that were assumed to be against the Mayor. The thing that surprised me the most was how a lot of Democrats supported the Mayor especially old people. But, there were some, even Republicans and Independents, who didn’t.

Those reasons ranged from the Mayor being a “Republican” to his running for a third term. At some doors, it was hard for me to not laugh especially when people called him a dictator. When it came to term limits, we had to respond with how the Mayor was giving them a choice. The people had to choose to give him a third term. And why not give him a third term when he had nothing but positive results? Everyone who brought up the term limits wasn’t trying to hear that.

The job in general had its ups and downs. For me, a lot of people weren’t home, which made me feel a little disappointed. When people were home, I was caught off guard. On some days, the weather wasn’t so nice. At least, we ended our shifts with some hot food. During the week, I don’t think the time frame was right to knock on doors. Most people don’t answer their doors once it gets dark. I can’t blame them.

The party at the end was the best part. I finally got to see the Mayor in person. I got to see the weird Jimmy Fallon. I also got to meet Sway from MTV, a journalist I look up to. When it came to me voting, I wasn’t sure I was going to until I read the New York Times on my birthday (November 1st). The thing that bothered me the most about this election was the mentioning of the middle class over and over again from both camps. It was as if my people didn’t even exist.

When I read the Times that day, I found out that the Mayor did do things for my people. Sure, there is Workforce 1 (which I learned about on the job), but I didn’t see that program aiding in the fight against poverty. I also learned on the job that the Mayor is one of the biggest donators to charity in the world. I still didn’t see how that helped. But when I saw this in the Times, I changed my mind and voted for Mayor Bloomberg:

The mayor opened the city’s Center for Economic Opportunity, a laboratory for innovative approaches to fighting poverty; created a child tax credit that has given $30 million to low-income families; and built four financial counseling centers that advise New Yorkers on money management.

I think this is great, but the people need to be informed about things like this. If the Mayor could send ads after ads to everyone showing them why he should be Mayor, why not send information to the less fortunate about these great things? I think that the Mayor’s office should work on this. These things can help a lot of people.

Not that many people read newspapers or watch the news these days, but they do check their mail and watch television shows which have commercials. I hope that people will see this post and educate their selves about these things and other things out there. I hope that the Mayor’s office can do something. In the meantime, we have to educate ourselves and each other because all of us don’t have regular internet access.

Side bar: What are my current thoughts of the Mayor? As of right now, I do not like what’s been going on in terms of the budget cuts. How does one promote not laying off police officers, fire fighters and teachers when he/she was Mayor during the election, but intends on doing that after he/she gets elected for their final term? This has to be the hugest scam in recent political history. We need most honest politicians.

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One Quote Everyday Part 2

May 9, 2010

A lot of gold here.

After a few months of reading, I finally finished this book. It was very enlightening and empowering. It made me realize a lot about myself. There were so many good quotes that I had to share them once again. Enjoy. Check out part one if you haven’t.

“Let us march on poverty until no American parent has to skip a meal so that their children may eat. March on poverty until no starved man walks the streets of our cities and towns in search of jobs that do not exist.”

“Finally, when a man was able to make his way through the maze of handicaps and get just one foot out of the jungle of poverty and exploitation, he was subject to the whims of the political and economic giants of the city, which moved in impersonally to crush the little flower of success that had just begun to bloom.”

“Hate is just as injurious to the hater as it is to the hated.”

“We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for the victims of our nation, for those it calls ‘enemy,’ for no document from human hands can make these humans any less our brothers.”

“A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

“…if you have never found something so dear and so precious to you that you will die for it, then you aren’t fit to live.”

“When you have mass unemployment in the [Black] community, it’s called a social problem; when you have mass unemployment in the [W]hite community, it’s called a depression.”

“And I said to my little children, ‘…I don’t ever want you to forget that there are millions of God’s children who will not and cannot get a good education, and I don’t want you feeling that you are better than they are. For you will never be what you ought to be until they are what they ought to be.'”

“We can all get more together than we can apart.”

“Dives went to hell because he allowed Lazarus to become invisible…he allowed the means by which he lived to outdistance the ends for which he lived…he sought to be a conscientious objector in the war against poverty…If America does not use her vast resources of wealth to end poverty and make it possible for all of God’s children to have the basic necessities of life, she too will go to hell.”

“…one of the great agonies of life is that we are constantly trying to finish that which is unfinishable…And so we, like David, find ourselves in so many instances having to face the fact that our dreams are not fulfilled. Life is a continual story of shattered dream.”

“Whenever you set out to build a creative temple, whatever it may be, you must face the fact that there is a tension at the heart of the universe between good and evil.”

“If I can help somebody as I pass along, if I can cheer somebody with a word or song, if I can show somebody he’s traveling wrong, then my living will not be in vain. If I can do my duty as a Christian ought, if I can bring salvation to a world once wrought, if I can spread the message as the master taught, then my living will not be in vain.”