The Advocates 10-27-10

“The Advocates”

Discusses

“Politics and the New Voting Machines, Will Your Vote Count”

 With

Allegra Dengler

Hosted by

Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

October 27, 2010

All archived Shows at:

http://advocates-wvox.com

Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  Our guest is Ms. Allegra Dengler, conservationist, activist and expert on voting machines.

Allegra Dengler served as a Dobbs Ferry Village Trustee, and also was a candidate for Mayor of Dobbs Ferry, NY. She is a member of the Sierra Club’s Atlantic Chapter Conservation Committee and also serves on their Global warming and Energy Committee and their Gas Drilling Task Force. She currently is the Energy Conservation Coordinator of the Town of Greenburgh.

 


She currently Chairs, Citizens for Voting Integrity and distributes the election integrity newsletter CVIVoter. She also Chairs, the Election Reform Task Force of the Atlantic Chapter, Sierra Club and is a member of the Progressive Democrats of America Clean Elections Group and the New York Democratic Lawyers Council HAVA Committee
 
Allegra worked with groups around the state to try to implement a reliable, trust-worthy voting system when New York gave up its
Lever machines:  LWV, New Yorkers for Verified Voting, the Brennan Center, and the NY Democratic Lawyers Council.   Allegra travelled to Ohio, PA, NH and Florida as well as New York locations where she worked for election protection. In NH, she participated in the recount of the Clinton- Obama primary in 2008.  In FL, she worked at the polls for four days in Broward County with the FL Attorneys Election Protection effort, observing six hour lines and voter intimidation in the Obama-McCain 2008 race.
 
Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy” issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
 
One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at http://www.richardjgarfunkel.com. All of the archived shows can be found at: http://advocates-wvox.com.  Next week I’ll be hosting Allegra Dengler, who will discuss the advent and impact of the new voting machines and her views on the coming election!
 
 

Election 2010, the Choice is Clear! 10-22-10

Election 2010, the Choice is Clear!

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

Let us not forget what the Republicans and their friends got us into these past number of years. We were attacked on 9/11. The country backed the President, and after years of an unfunded war, we are still practically no where in Afghanistan and the Democratic Congress and President Obama was left with a Hobson’s Choice of whether to stay or get out.  The War in Iraq, whether justified or not, has cost us thousands of lives, hundreds upon hundreds of billions and what did we attain? Very little, but a worn out army and 10’s of thousands of wounded along with huge VA bills far into the future. As bad as Sadaam Hussein was, he had less to do with 9/11 then our “friends” in Saudi Arabia. Let’s talk about the deficits, who ran them up in the first place? Who created unsustainable tax cuts, especially for the rich? Who created less than 1 million jobs in eight years? In which Administration did the Great Recession start in December of 2007? Who squandered money on faith-based initiatives? Who fell asleep after Katrina? Who pushed through an unfunded “drug bill” benefit? Who gave us Dick Cheney and Karl Rove? In fact, who was in charge when the attack on 9/11 happened and was reading a book upside down?

 

But let’s move on. When President Obama was sworn into office the job market was bleeding 700K jobs per month. Wall Street was teetering; the automobile industry was toppling along with the insurance giants, the investment banks and almost everything else. Who bundled the mortgages? Who invented derivatives? Who created all these exotic trades backed with worthless mortgages? Yes, the Democrats wanted easier mortgages for people, but what happened to the fiduciary responsibility of the banks, and who oversaw the wheeler-dealers like the people who ran Countrywide Financial? The so-called small government blowhards and de-regulators had a party for eight years. Where were the SEC, FINRA, and other agencies that allowed Madoff and his clones to loot and prosper? More oversight, the Party of “NO” says no!

 

What does the Party of “NO” want? They want deregulation, less oversight, more tax breaks for the billionaires on Wall Street, and just look at their complaints. They scream that the President is anti-business, but the Dow-Jones Industrial Average is not at 6000 or 4000, but at 11,000 and rising. Funny thing is that bonuses on Wall Street will run to $149 billion this Christmas, but the Party of “NO” wants more tax cuts in face of the deficits they scream about. Where is the money? Where are the profits? They are right in Wall Street and in the banks that won’t lend. Over 85% of the Fortune 500 companies have beaten the “street” estimates! Why high unemployment? The Fat Cats won’t hire until after the Chamber of Commerce buys the election of the House. Enter into that equation; women’s rights, civil liberties, the environment, safety in the workplace, energy dependency and China owning all our money! You know where the GOP and their Tea Party surrogates stand! They stand for flat-earth thinking and flat-tax economics!

 

Their solution is more service sector layoffs, less teachers, less environmental concerns, more Love Canals (more unemployment) more tax giveaways, and the cutting of Social Security and Medicare. They oppose Health Care Reform, but what is hemorrhaging the budget are overruns in Medicare and Medicaid by the elderly, the sick and poor. They would rather force mothers to give birth to unwanted babies, or a deformed fetus, or the child of a rapist than care for the sick, elderly and our indigent veterans. Let us not forget the Bush scandal and the treatment of wounded vets at the Walter Reed VA Facility in Washington!

 

Who are their candidates? Sharron Angle, Linda McMahan, Rand Paul, Christine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino, an anti-Semite Jim Russell, right here in NY’s 18th CD, who writes papers on white supremacy and neo-Nazi theory, and many others who are outside the mainstream of American thought and values. They hide behind the flag, but as Samuel Johnson wrote, “the last refuge of a scoundrel is patriotism.”  Christine O’Donnell even believes that “the separation of church and state” isn’t in the First Amendment of the US Constitution! Where did she go to school? But what about the family values of Linda McMahan and her World Wrestling Federation? Has anyone looked into the “blood money” that sordid side show brings?

 

The party of “NO” has forced more cloture votes, (efforts to stop filibusters,) in any 18 month period in our recent history. Their plan is to stop progress at any cost. Just open up the Internet and read the comments of their “fellow travelers” on the right. These revisionists will claim that FDR started the Depression, the Democrats are “pinko communists” who started every war, and that Barack Obama was born somewhere overseas and is really a Marxist Muslim in Mufti.

 

The choice is clear, more Sarah Palins and her dysfunctional and greedy friends, clones and family or positive reform and progress? The choice is up to you and yours. You’ll have no one to blame but yourselves for not voting and allowing the Chamber of Commerce, FOX Noise,  the hypocritical Elmer Gantry type bible-thumpers,  the Rush Limbaughs and the Glenn Becks for being in charge of your future. Think about the consequences!

 

The Advocates 10-20-10

“The Advocates”

Discusses

“Politics, the Tea Party and

Governing through Stalemate”

 With

Michael A. Cohen

Hosted by

Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

October 20, 2010

All archived Shows at:

http://advocates-wvox.com

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show, The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, or you can listen to the program’s live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio.  Our guest is Mr. Michael A. Cohen, author and commentator about American politics and issues and a Senior Fellow of the American Security Project. Our subject will be Politics in NY and Washington, the influence of the Tea Party on the GOP and what we can expect on Election Day.

Michael A. Cohen is the author of Live From the Campaign Trail: The Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century and How They Shaped Modern America (Walker Books: 2008). His most recent articles: Is America Ungovernable? and Obama’s Problem is Economy,Stupid can be found at www.livefromthetrail.com.


Previously, Mr. Cohen served in the U.S. Department of State as chief speechwriter for U.S. Representative to the United Nations Bill Richardson and Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat. He has worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Foreign Policy magazine, and as chief speechwriter for Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). Mr. Cohen serves on the board of the National Security Network and has taught at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and was recently a Senior Research Fellow at the New American Foundation.
A frequent commentator on politics and international affairs his work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, the St. Petersburg Times, the World Policy Journal, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the New York Daily News, Forbes.com, Courier de la Planete, Talkingpointsmemo.com, Politico, Worth Magazine and he is a frequent blogger at www.democracyarsenal.org. During the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign he was a regular contributor to the New York Times Campaign Stops blog.  He has also been featured on ABC News, Fox News, BBC TV and radio, South African television, Al Jazeera, Air America and XM Radio's Potus '08.
Michael Cohen’s recent articles on Afghanistan’s military outlook and their recent elections can be accessed below: http://www.tnr.com/blog/foreign-policy/78312/only-the-us-military-hopeful-about-afghanistan, http://www.aolnews.com/article/opinion-what-i-saw-at-afghans-elections/19644041
Mr. Cohen holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from American University and a master's degree from Columbia University.
Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy” issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
 
One can find my essays on FDR and other subjects at http://www.richardjgarfunkel.com. All of the archived shows can be found at: http://advocates-wvox.com.  Next week I’ll be hosting Allegra Dengler, who will discuss the advent and impact of the new voting machines and her views on the coming election!
 
 

The Advocates 10-13-10

“The New Roosevelt Initiative”

Reforming Politics in New York

With

Bill Samuels

 Hosted

by

Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

October 13, 2010

All archived shows at:

http://advocates-wvox.com

On Wednesday, October 13, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show he Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s worldwide, live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. My guest is Bill Samuels, entrepreneur, political activist and the founder of the New Roosevelt Initiative.                                             

<?xml:namespace prefix = v ns = “urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml” />Bill Samuels has a lifetime of experience as a successful businessman and CEO, high tech entrepreneur, innovative political thinker and activist. Born and raised in Canandaigua, and currently living in NYC with his wife Marie and his daughter Kitty, Bill’s family and political roots are deeply anchored in upstate New York.  His great-grandparents were from Fulton, NY, where his great-grandfather ran for mayor, and his father Howard founded a plastics company, Kordite, in Victor, just outside of Rochester.  With products like Baggies and Hefty Trash Bags, in its time Kordite (now Pactiv) was a major employer in upstate NY and today is one of the largest plastics companies in the United States.

 

As an undergraduate at MIT, Bill earned degrees in political science, economics and engineering, before attending Harvard Law School to get his JD.  After graduation, while growing his small business into a major international corporation, Bill became active in the movement against the Vietnam War, raising money to finance the 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War March on Washington, one of the pivotal moments in the anti-war movement.

As a socially-responsible entrepreneur and business owner, Bill became one of the founders of the Council on Economic Priorities (CEP).  For over 30 years, CEP was the premiere public interest organization focusing on companies’ policies on the environment, women & minority advancement, corporate disclosure of information, labor relations, family benefits, and worker rights.

He built ACTV, a cutting-edge interactive education and media company.  Working with investors such as the Washington Post, the company developed some of the core intellectual property for interactive television and the web including two of the first fifty patents issued on the internet, before being sold to an affiliate of Liberty Media in 2002.

 

Bill is currently working with his brother, Howard Samuels, to found the Hills Treatment Center in Los Angeles, a facility dedicated to helping people overcome addiction, and he serves as chairman of Resonant Software, Inc., a provider of creative productivity software to financial services businesses. 

 

While developing these businesses, Bill has remained involved in progressive politics, fundraising for Democratic candidates and speaking out on key issues.  In the 2004 Presidential campaign, many Democrats were outraged by the “swiftboating” and lies of the Republican Party against John Kerry.  Bill, who had known Kerry since his anti-war activities in the 1970’s, responded with action, producing the documentary Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry.  After the 2004 elections, Bill turned his attention to state politics, working with Eliot Spitzer to raise money to help the Democratic Party regain the State Senate.  He funded the launch of The Albany Project, one of the leading political blogs in the country, and founded the Blue Tiger Democrats, an innovative grassroots organization designed to reconnect the Party to its communities.

 

In the 2008 elections, Bill served as Finance Chairman for the New York Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, leading to Democrats gaining control of the State Senate for the first time in decades.   In this role, Bill developed a deep understanding of the structural problems in the legislature that prevent good people from running for office, and ultimately corrupt so many of the people who do choose to run. 

 

Recognizing the kind of fundamental structural change that is needed, Bill has launched the New Roosevelt Initiative, a multi-year campaign to achieve critical reforms in New York’s fiscal practices, ethics rules, redistricting policies and campaign finance, allowing our Legislature to regain the integrity, functionality and common sense the voters are demanding.  His goal is simple – through direct electoral work, elect the “New Roosevelts” – individuals who will approach government and elective office with the integrity and dedication we need to give our state the best legislature in the nation.

 

Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.

 

My essays on FDR and other subjects at can be accessed at http://www.richardjgarfunkel.com. One can also listen to all of the archived shows at: http://advocates-wvox.com.

 

Next week, my guest will be Michael Cohen speech writer, political commentator, and author of Live from the Campaign Trail: the Greatest Presidential Campaign Speeches of the 20th Century.

The Advocates 10-6-10

The Advocates

“Crisis on Campus”

Reforming Our Colleges and Universities

With

Professor Mark C. Taylor

 Hosted

by

Richard J. Garfunkel

 WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday

October 6, 2010

All archived shows at:

http://advocates-wvox.com

On Wednesday, October 6, 2010, at 12:00 Noon, I will be hosting my show The Advocates on WVOX- 1460 AM, and you can also listen to the program’s worldwide, live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. My guest is Columbia University Professor Mark C. Taylor, author of Crisis on Campus,” which offers a bold plan for reforming our higher educational system before its economic and structural bubble implodes.


Mark C. Taylor is the Chair of the Department of Religion, co-director of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life, and a Professor at Union Theological Seminary.  A leading figure in debates about post-modernism, Taylor has written on topics ranging from philosophy, religion, literature, art and architecture to education, media, science, technology and economics.
Taylor received a Doktorgrad (Philosophy) from the University of Copenhagen in 1981, a Ph.D. in religion from Harvard in 1997, and a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1968.  The many awards and honors he has received include: Wesleyan University Distinguished Alumnus Award (1998), Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Professor of the year (1995), Rektor’s Medal, University of Helsinki (1993), American Academy of Religion Awards for Excellence for his books Nots (1994) and Altarity (1998), and Guggenheim Fellowship (1979-80).
 
He has written twenty-five books as well as several hundred articles and numerous reviews.  His books include: Journeys to Selfhood: Hegel and Kierkegaard (1980), Erring: A Postmodern A/Theology (1984), Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion (1994), Imagologies: Media Philosophy (1994),  Hiding (1997), About Religion: Economies of Faith in Virtual Culture (1999), The Moment of Complexity: Emerging Network Culture (2001), Grave Matters (2002), Confidence Games: Money and Markets in a World Without Redemption (2006), Mystic Bones (2007), After God (2007).  In addition to his writing, Taylor has produced a CD-ROM, Motel Real: Las Vegas, Nevada, and has had an exhibition of the artwork accompanying his book, Grave Matters, at the Mass MOCA.  Over the years Taylor has also played a major role in introducing new technologies to the classroom.  In 1998, he co-founded a company named Global Education Network, whose mission was to introduce high-quality online education in the arts, sciences and humanities to anyone, anywhere in the world.
Beyond his scholarly work, Taylor contributes to the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and other periodicals.  He has appeared on the Charlie Rose Show and frequently appears on NPR, the BBC and the Australian Broadcasting Company.  He has been the subject of major articles in the New York Times and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.
                                            
Meanwhile, the mission of The Advocates is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow.
 
My essays on FDR and other subjects at can be accessed at http://www.richardjgarfunkel.com. One can also listen to all of the archived shows at: http://advocates-wvox.com.
 
Next week, my guest will be Bill Samuels, of the New Roosevelt Initiative, Chairperson and founder to a group devoted to the reform of NY State politics and government.
 

Niall Ferguson Speaks on Siegmund Warburg – 10-5-10

Niall Ferguson brings Siegmund Warburg to the Ethical Culture Society

By

Richard J. Garfunkel

 

Last night at the Ethical Culture Society, which is located at 2 West 64th Street, right next to Central Park, the New York Historical Society hosted Professor Niall Ferguson. In front of a sold out audience of very attentive listeners, Professor Ferguson, who is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University, along with being the William Ziegler Professor at the Harvard Business School, is a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institute, Stanford University, again was incredibly mesmerizing and informative.

 

All of his recent books have quite entertaining, readable and also extremely informative. They are also sitting right on my desk!

 

We first heard Professor Ferguson at Barnard College in April of 2009. At that time he was able to bring some clarity to the issue regarding the recent collapse of our financial institutions. In his book, The Ascent of Money, he carefully chronicled how the capitalist system, led by banks, insurance companies and Wall Street finally choked on its insatiable appetite for leveraging debt.

 

Meanwhile I had first become aware of Niall Ferguson through the reading of his massive book, The War of the World, 20th Century Conflict and the Descent of the West.  Since I have been a World War II buff since the age of twelve, I always have had keen interest in new perspectives on that titanic conflict. Professor Ferguson chronicles and explains the causes of that cataclysmic event by tracing its roots from the early days of the 20th Century and the October Revolt of 1905, through the conflicts arising in the Balkans to the surrender of the Axis forces in 1945 and the ensuing Cold War. He brings to an end this “War of the World” with the Korean War Armistice, signed on July 27, 1953.

 

In his book he contends that the Second World War was a “central act of an epic fifty-year struggle between rival empires.” He concludes his book with the idea that the culmination of this struggle was not just an unprecedented victory for the Western Allies, but the start of “inexorable shift” in the global balance of power toward the East.

 

From the rise of totalitarianism in Germany, a consequence of what Oswald Spengler called the “Decline of the West,” emerges, a new type of financier emerges in the body of young Siegmund Warburg, the scion of an old European banking family. Niall Ferguson tells the unique story of this former outcast and refugee from Germany, who narrowly escaped the jackbooted brigands of Nazi Germany, without much of a pfennig to his name. His book is the story of how Siegmund Warburg established a high moralistic tone to his own bank S.G. Warburg, and helped re-build financially war-torn and ravaged Europe. According to Professor Ferguson, it is this unique “Warburg” style, which is sorely missing from today’s generation of international bankers and financiers.

 

After his lecture and the following “question and answer” period, I was able to talk to Professor Ferguson, and invite him to be on The Advocates. I told him that his colleague, and fellow British historian Andrew Roberts, author of Masters and Commanders, was on my show in August and it was incumbent on him to match his appearance.

 

Hopefully, Professor Ferguson will have some time in the next few months to join my show. In the meantime, see if you can get at least one of his books, they make great and informative reading. Also, make an effort to get down to the NY Historical Society’s lecture series. The museum is currently undergoing a massive renovation, and the lectures are being held at various venues. We would also love some company!

Born in Glasgow in 1964, he was a

 

Letter to the Journal news 10-2-10

Letter to the Journal News Editor:

October 2, 2010

 

In Yesterday’s edition of the Journal News, Republican State Chairperson Edward Cox, the son in law of President Richard Nixon, and the wealthy scion of four American founding families, commented that the GOP nominee for governor, Mr. Carl Paladino “will recover and get back to his plans to cut spending and taxes.” It seems easy for the rich Mr. Cox to spout platitudes regarding his support for the wealthy and unstable Paladino, who has used his monies for influence peddling in Albany. Somehow his lobbying and duplicities have nothing to do with the problems that he is railing against. Along with his uncontrollable ranting and threats, Paladino wants to cut NY State spending and taxes. Will he start with education which is basically funded at the local level, under local control? Will he slash Medicaid and close nursing homes and health care facilities for the lower middle class and the poor who have spent down their assets? Will he gut sorely needed infrastructure repairs? Will he close parks and recreation areas? Will he eliminate law enforcement personnel? He should articulate where his slashing budget axe will cut. Both Cox, who was born with a silver spoon in his grasp, and Paldino, who has scratched his way to prosperity, have quite different backgrounds. But, they have something in common, they both believe in the worship of wealth, and simplistic solutions, such as tax relief for the rich, will serve the general public. For a blue-blood like Cox to get into bed with the empty values of the Tea Party “Kool-Aid drinkers” reflects the bankruptcy of the Republican Party.