"Patrick was asked why Massachusetts’ plan has been so successful. His response? Democrats and Republicans worked together to make the program operate correctly."
The Democrats created Obamcare all by themselves because they had the complete control of the government (at the time). They didn't want or need any input from Republicans on how to cover the small percentage of Americans who didn't have health insurance. The Democrats opted for the Big Government Solution and would have preferred the Single Payer Plan if they could have gotten all of their members to agree. Instead of allowing free-market insurance competition across the country they created government-controlled "exchanges", raised taxes, expanded medicare and forced mandates on everyone, creating the mess we are witnessing today. The creation of Obamacare was unilateral. Opposition to it was bi-partisan.
Now the Democrats want the Republicans to help "fix" and "implement" their disaster called Obamacare. However, the Democrats own Obamacare in its entirety. The Republicans won control of the House in response to the Democrats' creation of Obamacare. They weren't elected to help perpetuate a bad solution. The good news is that eventually the country comes to its senses. Prohibition was once "the law of the land" as Obama proclaims Obamcare to be. But prohibition was repealed when people saw it was bad legislation.
I think this is a completely fair review. I have enjoyed the beautiful location and ambiance and of course the beer selections and service are top notch, but I haven't had one outing (of around 5 total) that wasn't punctuated by a misfire on one or more cocktails or food pairings for myself or one of my companions. I love Joe's passion for his work and adore the Tap and Mallet. I believe Tap and Table will do just fine (it certainly seems to be already) but I think it has some way to go to reach its full promise.
And another reason to vote for Alex White.
It's all about the money.
Didn't see the Paul Haney meltdown coming. Wow, did Paul take the endorsement news hard.
Actually, Brooks' endorsement makes sense. Remember, Duffy/Richards pulled the plug on Ren Sq, a project she wanted. Second, Richards tried to get in the way of the MCC move and tried to align the County Lej Democrats to block the move. So, from her perspective, working with the last two Mayor's has been impossible.
In addition, she is term limited and can do what she pleases without the scorn of the Republican leadership. She probably also recognizes that , as Johnson said, this is a moment of change in city politics and that it will be easier to collaborate with a woman Mayor than the old, white, RBA controlled miindsetted current regime. And, finally, given her having a very low profile since the election debacle of her run against Slaughter, she has an opportunity to move towards the middle...where, if she ever runs again, she will need to be.
We have entered the Twilight Zone.
Hi La Moore, I just wanted to clear up some confusion. The "Critic's Picks" section is a space where some of City's writers (myself included) can draw attention to a variety of people, places and things in the area that they personally enjoy. I chose to write about Whatta-Bánh Mí's bubble smoothies.
I don't claim that they have the "best" bubble tea in Rochester; I haven't sampled nearly enough in the area to make that distinction. I picked them because I find them really tasty. This wasn't a consensus decision made by the entire City staff, so the "you guys" in this case is just one guy: me.
I'll definitely have to make it a point to try the bubble tea at White Swan Cafe, though. I look forward to broadening my bubble tea horizons, and theirs sounds like a good place to start!
Did we not vote on best local radio station this year? I don't see it...
Rochester’ mayoral election: the city is ready to move on from Tom Richards while welcoming its new mayor Lovely Warren
Last September, the primary voters of the Democratic Party elected Lovely Warren over the incumbent mayor Tom Richards; and yet, the sitting mayor was the candidate of the establishment. The election results left most people in shock, because no credible political analyst or statistical polls couldn’t predict the debacle of Richards ‘campaign. However, the supporters of Lovely, known as the ‘’Believers’’, were convinced and expected the positive outcome of their efforts. Now, after the party backed the winner of the primary election and Richards, graciously and with humility, withdrew his campaign and announced his support to his former competitor; still few Richards’s fervent supporters are working hard to put him back into office by using the back-door means through the Independence and Working Family lines. They believe their defeat came from the low turnout of their voters- i.e. the white electorate- and the ‘’ cynical tactic’’ attributed to Lovely campaign which is, allegedly, based on racial divide. Ironically, they are using the same tool which they formerly criticize their opponent of making use of.
In fact, Liz Serling wrote an article: ‘’Tom Richards is who the times, and Rochester, need’’ in which she said ‘’and I really hope Lovely Warren continues to advocates a different type of voice about the tale of our two cities, because she is educated serious and passionate about our community’’. It is clear, this statement intent to discredit Lovely and to depict her as a divider of our communities. In doing so, one may think, the Richards supporters are engaging in the same strategy they are accusing their opponent of. Thus, this is a loaded concept that signals to the white communities of Rochester that, it is acceptable to reject Lovely Warren and reinstate their candidate in office. With her article, Liz is suggesting that Lovely Warren should stop telling the truth about the situation of our beloved city and find something else to talk about. I believe’’ the tale of our two cities’’ is based on the facts. Although, this reality doesn’t fall on Richards administration alone, because the situation has been there way before Richards became the Mayor. In addition I found misguided to ask Lovely Warren to bury the truth about the gap that exists between our different communities. How can you fix something broken, if you are ignoring the reality of it- to begin with?
Now, what is clear is that, Richards’ friends are playing ‘’kitchen sink’’ politics, by throwing everything and anything on Lovely’ campaign. At first, they question her qualifications and skills; but it did not work well for them because her long experience as a public servant (city council member and president) shows she is more qualified than Richards at the time he became Mayor about three years ago. Then, they came up with Lovely Warren will not be an independent mayor. A well -connected friend of mine told me that ‘’those people cannot stand David Gantt and that is the main reason, they are doing this’’. However, they should remember Lovely is an independent individual, ‘’educated, serious and passionate about our community’’, if you want to believe Liz Serling’ words! Thus, you get to believe Lovely when she says ‘’I am an independent thinker. I have a Bachelor’ degree in Government, and I have a law degree. All those things I have earned on my own right and I stand on my own two feet’’. Finally, they are coming back to the accusation of racial divide. It’s a scare tactic intended to deny Lovely the majority of the’ ’white vote’’. However, their plight becomes a lost cause.
In fact, I can assure you the call that Lovely Warren made has been already heard and answered, there is no going back. When she said ‘’ no one can look at this seat and look at the city and do it by themselves. It has to be all hands on deck’’, all the citizens of this city nodded their heads and said we support you and we are with you to overcome the challenges of our communities. As a volunteer with Lovely campaign, I can report to you about my experience acquired on the ground. For months, now, I have seen during my many walks door to door or working on the phone, there is a great interest of our communities in Lovely campaign and her agenda for this city. If you visit her campaign headquarters situated at the different locations you would find crowds of fine men and women from the white community working tirelessly for the success of her campaign. Believe me, none of them is what you may consider as ‘’crazy white liberal, do gooder’’. You also would see small business owners stopping by to express their support with cakes and candies as treats for the volunteers. These people are supporting Lovely because they know she is one of those few politicians who speaks her mind. They like the fact that she is telling it like it is. Who wouldn’t like to hear the truth out of the mouth of a politician these days? They are supporting Lovely because they believe in her agenda on the education of our children, safety of our streets and economic development of our city. Finally, they are supporting her because they know, she will use a great sense of pragmatism to solve this city issues.
Amusingly, I red in different papers some ‘assertions’ from friends of Richards that, the revival of his campaign is worrying Lovely’ camp, however what they don’t realize is that, from the day they made public their intention, the volunteers became more excited and motivated than ever before. I also noticed the citizens of Rochester show more interest in Lovely campaign because they felt unfairness from the Richards ‘friends deeds. At the end their attempt became a vehicle of motivation and source of energy for Lovely people. Finally, I can say Rochester is ready to thank Tom Richards for his service (God bless him and his family) but our communities are moving on and are welcoming our next mayor: Lovely Warren.
I am convinced that everyone will get out and vote, to do his/her part in supporting Lovely because no one would want to miss the boat that will make history- which is electing our next first female mayor. I can say I am proud of being part of it.
@ Hammel - No way I'm reading that. Cut it down by about five paragraphs and I'll think about it...
I can't believe you guys think Whatta-Bánh Mí is the best bubble tea joint in Rochester. They use powder-mix in a home-grade blender! which works if it's DIY. But if you want fresh-fruit, and fresh bubble, and your money's worth - go to White Swan Cafe on South Clinton, $3.
"For most of the families we talk to, SNAP doesn't meet all of their food needs," Segelman says....
The name of the program is the SUPPLEMENTAL Nutrition Assistance Program. It is not intended to meet all of a families' food needs, it is intended to supplement.
Regardless, I do not support the decrease in benefits. People need to eat.
you're the BEST man for the job... i hope you run and get in again...you've done so much good for our city.. and you treated everyone FAIRLY> i don't think warren would do that !!i know where my vote will be on the 5 th...
I think the current Mayor has put us on a solid path. Lovely has already said she wants to take a closer look at some of the projects in the pipeline. That statement alone could disrupt the progress being made. If she wants to change anything, she should just say it up front before the election. Being on city council she already knows how she feels and should make a public statement.
It just stuck me today what happened. While the democrats voted for Lovely, the republicans can't vote in the primary. Apparently it is the republicans that support Richards.
Go to work and stop your crying. If you don't like what Wegmans is offering, go to work for someone else. That is what is great about America. Freedom.
Today's Turn Out for Tom Mailer was highly offensive. I guess desperate people can do those kinds of things.
In response to.....statement “(I)well intentioned but don't have the strength and insight necessary for the board." I would like to share more information about my work experience and community involvement. I have been in Management for 17 years, and have worked as a senior level manager for 4 years. As a senior level manager, I have to ensure that we are in compliance in all fiscal areas (budget, taxes, payroll…etc.). I work with a diverse and growing workforce, and I serve the members of the community who patronize our establishments.
In addition to my work in management, I have also served as a parent representative of the Rochester City School District's Audit Committee, where we assist the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for audit, internal control, and financial reporting processes. I am also the only person running in this election who has served on a board of directors for a successful education establishment (Geneses Community Charter School). I, reluctantly, did not seek reelection due to my desire to run for the Rochester City School Board. I felt that I would not be able to give my all while campaigning and working a full time job.
Also, as a parent advocate, who has worked with many of the children and parents of the Rochester City School District whom the Parent Advisory Council, the Office of Parent Engagement, and many school board members have neglected, I have a complete understanding of the issues that our district is facing and a solution-based platform to address these problems.
As a result of all of my experiences, I have interacted with every level employee of the Rochester City School District up to and including Dr. Vargas. I have offered viable solutions to address the many complex issues that our district is currently facing. We have low morale (from parents, students, teachers, building administrators and central office) due to an inept leadership, a lack of student achievement, and a lack of parent engagement.
This is a board that has continuously approved budgets that are flawed and misappropriated. Currently, we are $50.8 million in debt, which would be unacceptable in any other school district but ours. We have numerous administrators that are making over $100,000 a year and our results are the worst in the country. While the leadership in the Rochester City School District is looking to finance the employment of “high end-level” administrators, it is taking away the valuable supports that are needed for our children to be successful (such as teachers who specialize in Reading, Writing, Math, & Technology, as well as special education and social/emotional staff).
I do not see any media outlets truly focusing on the major issues that directly affect our children. So, as a result, I will.
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