WE EACH HAVE THE POWER OF ONE VOTE - EIGHT IS ENOUGH PART VI
By Gloria Dulan-Wilson
It all begins with the power of One. Each of us has the power to change the world. Each of us can join with the other millions of people who reside here in New York to begin to be the change we want to see.
We each have one vote, and though Bloomberg may have spent millions on this campaign, it all boils down to the fact the each of us has one vote, and we still get to go into the polls, pull the lever one person at a time.
We all know a lie when we hear one. We’ve heard many over the past few weeks, months and years that we’ve been dealing with the incumbent mayor, Mike Bloomberg. If you were to set up a balance scale with all that he has done to help New York on the left side, and the weight of all that he has done to hurt New York on the right side, the scales would tip so far to the right they’d break the supports.
It really doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. The rich got richer, the middle class became poor and disenfranchised, and the poor got poorer. But wait, the scales began to tip even more, because the rich suddenly became poor, the middle class became homeless, and the poor got put on a bus and told to scram.
Bill Thompson has worked diligently in his role as Comptroller to stem the tide of the draconian increases proposed by the mayor to balance the budget on our backs. The utilities and water bills in New York have increased 98%. In fact the water bills were increased twice in the same year. Our transit fares have been increased twice in two years, with threats of cutbacks zoned fares, and all the kinds of increments that will dig even further into our pockets.
We cannot afford 4 more years of Bloomberg! Bill Thompson has done much to help the middle and lower class, often having to reverse allocations made by the mayor that would have damaged us even more.
Who has cost us the most over the last eight years? Bloomberg. He has taken our tax exempt funds and underwritten projects such as the rebuilding of Yankee Stadium, while affordable housing went twisting in the wind. How much would have gone down the drain had he been able to get away with the Jets Stadium on the west side fiasco? Can you live in a stadium? Can you live in the overpriced buildings that have replaced whole communities in Brooklyn and Manhattan that now stand empty gathering dust?
Bill Thompson, as comptroller has diligently worked to provide alternatives to Bloomberg’s insensitivity to the plight of New Yorkers.
How many families have to be uprooted in Brooklyn to build an Atlantic Yards Stadium for the Nets, with the empty promise of jobs (most of which will be menial and meaningless); under the guise of improving a community -- despite the fact that the community is consistently against it.
How many city jobs have to be replaced by privatization to figure out that New Yorkers are being supplanted.
No one is surprised that the Police Union is supporting Bloomberg. They supported Giuliani -- and the dictatorship continues.
It is no surprise that Bloomberg dangles his wealth in front of New Yorkers in an effort to entice them into selling their rights and principles as citizens. It’s nothing new. It’s a practice that has endured for quite some time now. It’s the carrot and the stick; bait and switch, sleight of hand that’s been going on for at least the last eight (8) years. It’s the concept that if he dangles enough money, people with be hypnotized by it, will feel that they are powerless against it and will succumb to it without even trying.
But New Yorkers are made of sterner stuff. The power of ONE has been what has made us the great city we are. No dictator can long run (ruin) New York.
Eight is enough! It is the signal that it is time for a paradigm shift. Time for a change for the better.
Bill Thompson stands for all New Yorkers. Time to take a stand to would be dictators who think they are more important than the rights and wishes of the people.
Make Bill Thompson the next Mayor of New York and let’s get back to the business of being a city for all New Yorkers.
Bill Thompson the right choice for Mayor of New York City.
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