Author: Katya G
Cross posted from the original. According to Standard & Poor’s estimates, the government shutdown may have cost the economy $24 billion and shaved 0.6 points off the fourth-quarter GDP. But the full damage will be assessed in months to come and is probably going to be even greater. Government employees have been furloughed for 16 days, scraping by, eating ramen noodles, putting off their purchases, and dipping into their meager savings. Thankfully, they will be reimbursed for their time. Businesses … Read More
ACT NOW, together with Democracy for NYC and Drinking Liberally co-sponsored a comptroller forum this past Tuesday at the Tank. Here’s a brief summary of the event, as covered by New York Magazine.
On May 13th please join ACT NOW, the New York Democratic Lawyers’ Committee, Living Liberally and many more groups for a special NYC Mayoral Forum with the focus discussion on Voting Rights and Election Reform. When: Monday, May 13th 2013, 7pm-9:30pm Where: Cardozo Law School, 55 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10003. Confirmed candidates: John Liu Bill de Blasio Bill Thompson Sal Albanese Invitations also were extended to Anthony Weiner and Christine Quinn Co-Sponsors include: Living Liberally, Harlem4Obama, The Manhattan Young Democrats, The Queens … Read More
Join ACT NOW, along with our friends at Democracy for NYC and Living Liberally for a forum with Democratic candidates for NYC Mayor. Ask questions and hear what the candidates have to say on important issues. Next year will be the first time in 12 years NYC has had a new mayor. We look forward to taking part in this historic election! When: Tuesday, March 5th, 7pm Where: 151 West 46th Street, between 6th & 7th Avenues, 8th Floor Invited Candidates: (* Confirmed) … Read More
ACT NOW is kicking off the New Year with a day of action on Campaign Finance Reform! Join us for: Money-Out/Voters-In Day of Action on Saturday afternoon, January 19th. We have an exciting program planned to kick off a united effort for three objectives: Overturn Citizens United, Enact Publicly Financed Elections in New York State and Washington, and Expand the Vote. EVENT SCHEDULE 12:30-4:00pm: The Skirball Center at NYU, 60 Washington Square South Forum with speakers and entertainment Facilitated breakout … Read More
I sense some confusion both on the left and the right about the fiscal deal that just passed the Senate and the House. Some people are asking: is it good or bad? Who won? The palpable consensus is that neither side is happy about it. Because many have not followed the Fiscal Cliff crisis as closely as I have, especially over the holidays, let me summarize in simple terms.
Are you surprised that Republicans are surprised they lost? If you were following the polls guru Nate Silver’s blog fivethirtyeight.com you would be. It’s not that I was certain Obama would win. But reading Nate Silver’s estimates before the elections gave me odds to be cautiosly optimistic. The day before the election I estimated the chance of Obama winning (based on Nate’s 91%), in poker terms, like being all in with pocket kings pre flop. In other words, you’re in … Read More
ACT NOW has been keeping an intense focus on Virginia since the summer with our weekly phone banks, and many of our volunteers have been making trips to the northern part of the state to canvass the neighborhoods. The bad news is that Virginia is back to being tied in the polls. The good news is that Obama campaign has twice as many ground offices in VA than Romney (61 to 28). This advantage will prove to be crucial on election … Read More
The major problem of the investor class these days is piles of cash and lack of investment opportunities. The major problem of the middle class is lack of a stable paycheck, underwater mortgages and, in many cases, ruined lives. And yet it is the former who are quick to be offended and portray themselves as a persecuted minority, and it is the latter who quietly toil away paycheck-to-paycheck without making headlines. For some reason it is the working stiffs who … Read More
Last fall Occupy Wall Street seized our nation’s attention and in short order managed to bring income inequality and the rigged Wall Street game to the front of national discourse. Those are pressing issues of our times that were all but ignored by the mainstream media. So, in itself, it was an impressive feat for a ragtag group of nobodies. But then they committed a sin of political malpractice. They refused to play the game. OWS took a girl on … Read More