Thursday, October 28, 2004

Why Pres. Bush is immune from internal criticism

Much has been made of why the Pres. Bush has been able to brush off the criticisms of his administration policies about the war in Iraq. Polls show that Bush is perceived as the stronger leader in the fight against terrorism and as commander in chief despite the attacks from his critics in the media and elsewhere. One reason for this is because Presidents are largely shielded from internal dissent. White House, cabinet members, and the civilian officials of the Pentagon serve at the pleasure of the President. So if you want to keep your job, you'd better not voice your criticisms of administration decision-making in the press. Also it is a punishable offense if military personnel publicly disagree with the decisions of the Commander in Chief. Presidents are rarely challenged by their politically-minded advisors and can make decisions in an atmosphere where it is more important to be loved than be right.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

What John Kerry failed to do

Sen. John Kerry could have used a straightforward message to take to President Bush, but he dithered while trying to explain what he was in contrast to the President and the Administration's policies. Kerry should have and still might be able to say this as his reason to vote FOR him, not just against Bush: "I am the people's Mr. Fixit. I will bring a fresh approach for America and its policies foreign and domestic. I will turnaround the policies that have left America in shambles by this administration who weakened our economy and left Americans more vulnerable to global terrorism."

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Cablevision is losing its way?

According to the New York Times article, "Mets Decide the Time Is Right for a Cable Network of Their Own," Cablevision may be left without a baseball team affiliated with its sports networks MSG and FSNY. Without baseball after 2005, which has the largest amount of games available of live programming, Cablevision will have to cut its fees again.

Instead of taking it on the chin, what Cablevision should do is buy a team like the Kansas City Royals for ~$90 million and move them into the NY region. Although local team owners George Steinbrenner and Fred Wilpon may protest, I do not think it would be too much of a problem with the commissioner Bud Selig as it rescues a moribund franchise from a too small local market.