Bill de Blasio: In the City That Never Sleeps

I start every morning with New York 1, it may be one of my favorite morning news programs.

The simple news channel is one of my favorite perks of living in the city, but with the NYC elections coming tomorrow, discussions of the mayoral candidates to replace Michael Bloomberg has been the topic of almost every discussion.

I’ll start by saying I’m not a fan of the Republican candidate Joe Lhota, but I have one outstanding issue with the Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio.

He’s lazy.

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Photo Courtesy of Associated Press

Apparently, de Blasio was late to an 11:30 meeting Saturday morning. Why? According to Politicker, because he had received a phone call at 5 earlier that morning and that threw off his sleep cycle.

Really?!

How many of you are hard working employees that have to be to work before 8 or 9? Why should a candidate for mayor be allowed to consistently show up late to functions that are for him?

New York is supposed to be the city that never sleeps, but a mayor that likes to stay up late and can’t get up in the morning doesn’t sound like the type of person that is going to be concerned with anyone much beyond himself.

I’m still trying to wrap my head around New York politics, but I don’t think location changes what is acceptable and what is just pure lazy.

It’s Not Conceding When You Lose

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As many of you have seen, election season is in full swing in New York City.

As I drank my coffee and looked for topics to cover, Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson’s concession speech was aired and it got me thinking.

How dumb is it to announce that a candidate is conceding when they know they’ve lost?

Thompson, who promised that he would not concede until all of the votes were counted, announced that he would pull out and back the now Democratic candidate Bill deBlasio. The problem with the idea of Thompson conceding though, is the fact that he wasn’t even close to deBlasio’s vote count.

According to the New York Times, deBlasio had 40.3% of the votes in the primary and Thompson only had 26.2. Obviously Thompson has lost, it’s not conceding when you’ve lost.

Conceding would infer that Thompson was yielding or surrendering to deBlasio, but he isn’t. He lost. I don’t know how else to phrase it.

The reason I offer this opinion, is because the same thing happens in national elections. Hillary did it, Santorum did it, every loser candidate does it. It may seem that there is dignity in offering an acceptance of your loss, but there’s no dignity left in politics. So I implore you to listen to what your candidates are saying, what they are actually doing as their campaigns rev up and die down, because so many of the formalities are simply redundant and pointless.

As is a normality on my Facebook page, I’ll leave you with this:

It’s time to grow up America! #Wilber2028

The Engagement Center: Because You Can Totally Force Learning

There’s a reason “The Engagement Center” will be the “first-of-its-kind”, because it’s the dumbest thing I’ve heard.

I’m not a fan of No Child Left Behind, and agree that everything should be done to make schools accessible to kids everywhere, but part of the problem with public education is the idea that you can force someone to learn.

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This new truancy center, which Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday, is designed to give students who miss 38 days of school some extra help.

This is my point. A focus, funding, should be given to the students that at least show up to school. Who are we kidding, what makes you think that a kid that misses 38 days at a regular school is going to go a special “engagement center” that targets all of the kids just like them.

North Carolina isn’t even respectable right now as far as education is concerned, but at least when I was in school, if you missed 10 days you automatically failed.

Students that continuously underperform, or are ushered through the education process with a less than acceptable standard, do not benefit anyone. The only outcome is the devaluation of a high school diploma, which leads to the inflation of a college degree which I discussed in my post, Student Loans: What They Don’t Understand.

38 days missed is over a month. Let that simmer for a minute. Do you really think that’s a student that is going to let anyone force them to learn. It’s time to hold students responsible for their lack of concern. Taxpayers shouldn’t front the bill because someone doesn’t want to be helped.

You can take the kid to school, but you can never make them learn.