February 05, 2008

Happy Election Day

I voted at 7:30am at PS 102 , and was the third Republican voter in my district. Indications were of a low turnout in both parties. School's open today. I went in the side door, and saw a bunch of first graders walking into a classroom.

If the turnout is light across Bay Ridge, that could be good for the flying saucer fans supporting Ron Paul. They can get what looks to be a high percentage of a low base and then take pride in their "big victory".

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Crossed Broadway in lower Manhattan today. Half the NYPD is preparing for the New York Giants victory parade.

But why is my taxpayer money being used to glorify a business that left New York City for New Jersey 32 years ago? Will there be parades for the other businesses that leave NYC?

Shame on Bloomberg. I am happy that the Giants won, but spending taxpayer money on behalf of a NJ team is a disgrace.

4 comments:

Mark Brown said...

"spending taxpayer money on behalf of a NJ team is a disgrace"

Isn't that why Koch decided not to have a parade for them way back in the day?

The Phantom said...

Yep.

Just because you let go of the grudge to NJ does not mean that you throw away NYC taxpayer money on events like this.

Maybe if the Red Sox win the World Series in 2008 this genius Bloomberg can throw them a tickertape parade also.

Cruel But Fair said...

A bit curmudgeony today, Phantom. The money raked into the city for this fantastic sports event more than makes up for your gripes about taxes.

Besides, since we have had no snowstorms this year we easily have $1m to spend on the Giants.

What's the deal? Are you depressed the GOP is running out of candidates for you?

:^D

The Phantom said...

--The money raked into the city for this fantastic sports event more than makes up for your gripes about taxes. --

Absolutely ridiculous. This event actually hurt business downtown, as regular customers in the Broadway/nearby restaurants stayed away in droves to avoid the crowds, and the visitors from NJ and out of town places tended to come in, see the parade, then head right home on the PATH.

Yes, the local hot dog guys and pizzerias sold a bit more, but it was absolutely a net loss to business, and a very substantial cost to the city in terms of overtime.

Besides, even it we made money--which we did not--why reward a sports franchise which left New York City and which never intends to return?

Sports parades are bread and circuses for the yahoos. Sports parades for out of town teams that win "super bowls" are beyond idiotic.