Headlines for Friday August 31 2012 - Daily Hudson Valley News

Headlines for Friday August 31 2012

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By | Category: Headlines Off The WALL

IT’S EVIDENT THAT AMERICA NEEDS JOBS. MITT ROMNEY AGREES, AND SAYS THAT IF HE’S ELECTED PRESIDENT HE HAS A PLAN TO CREATE 12 (M) MILLION JOBS IN THE NATION. IT INCLUDES MEASURES LIKE TAX CUTS, A RENEWED FOCUS ON DOMESTIC ENERGY PRODUCTION, BALANCING THE BUDGET AND ADDRESSING DEFICITS AND WELL AS EDUCATION AND TRAINING COMBINED WITH FREE TRADE MEASURES. ROMNEY MADE LIGHT OF HIS BUSINESS EXPERIENCE AS AN ASSET IN HIS CANDIDACY FOR THE NATION’S HIGHEST OFFICE AND TOUCHED ON OTHER AREAS INCLUDING FOREIGN POLICY. ROMNEY’S EXPERIENCES RUNNING THE SALT LAKE CITY OLYMPICS AND HIS MORMON FAITH WERE ALSO GIVEN THEIR DUE IN THE SPEECH, WHILE NOT ONE FOR THE AGES DEFINITELY STRENGTHENED AND CLARIFIED THE CANDIDATES’ POSITIONS AND PROPOSALS.

MONIES FOR F-E-M-A’S DISASTER RELIEF FUND WEREN’T ONLY IN DANGER OF RUNNING LOW BUT THEY WERE ALSO POLITICIZED ONE YEAR AGO WHEN HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE MADE HEADLINES AND HISTORY IN OUR PART OF THE WORLD. WE’RE STILL DEALING WITH IRENE AND LEE’S AFTERMATH, BUT THE NEEDS OF FOLKS ALONG THE U-S GULF COAST ARE MORE IMMEDIATE AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF ISAAC THIS WEEK. AS OFFICIALS IN LOUISIANA AND SEVERAL OTHER STATES ARE TALLYING UP THE DAMAGES FROM ISAAC, IT APPEARS THAT WHATEVER THE AMOUNT, MORE MONEY FOR F-E-M-A WILL NEED TO BE APPROVED BY CONGRESS, AND DURING THE HOME STRETCH OF A BIG ELECTION YEAR AT THAT. THE DISASTER AGENCY’S COFFERS CURRENTLY CONTAIN A LITTLE MORE THAN ONE-POINT-FIVE (B) BILLION, JUST SOME OF WHICH MAY BE GOING TO REGIONS HIT BY ISAAC. CONGRESSWOMAN NAN HAYWORTH, WHO WAS IN ORANGE COUNTY CALLING FOR A HALT TO RED TAPE AND DELAYS WHICH HAVE HELD UP WORK ON THE FORGE HILL ROAD BRIDGE IN NEW WINDSOR MAY HAVE TO HEAD BACK TO THE HILL ALONG WITH HER COLLEAGUES FROM BOTH PARTIES IN ORDER TO O-K MORE NEEDED DISASTER RELIEF MONIES FOR F-E-M-A.

CLINT EASTWOOD HASN’T HELD ELECTIVE OFFICE SINCE HE SERVED AS MAYOR OF CARMEL CALIFORNIA. BUT HE’S NEVER STOPPED BEING OUTSPOKEN ABOUT POLITICS, AND HE SPOKE OUT IN A MANNER WHICH WAS BOTH RAMBLING AND BLUNT AS HE TOOK THE PODIUM IN TAMPA DURING THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION THURSDAY. THE CROWD, WHILE PERHAPS NOT AGREEING TOTALLY WITH EVERYTHING HE SAID CLEARLY LOVED HAVING THE 82-YEAR-OLD HOLLYWOOD ICON AS A SPEAKER, EVEN PRODDING EASTWOOD TO UTTER THE “MAKE MY DAY” LINE FROM HIS FILM ROLE AS 44-MAGNUM-TOTING PLAIN CLOTHES COP “DIRTY HARRY” CALLAHAN. MITT ROMNEY DID NOT DISAPPOINT THE CONVENTION FAITHFUL WITH AN ACCEPTANCE SPEECH WHICH TOOK CLEAR AIM AT PRESIDENT OBAMA’S ACTIONS IN OFFICE WHILE AVOIDING PERSONAL ATTACKS ON THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE. ROMNEY’S ADDRESS, WHILE OUTLINING SEVERAL AREAS OF POLICY HE WOULD PURSUE IF ELECTED ALSO SOUGHT TO HUMANIZE AND PERSONALIZE THE MAN WHO, ALONG WITH PAUL RYAN MAKES UP THIS YEAR’S G-O-P PRESIDENTIAL TICKET.

MITT ROMNEY IN TAMPA LAST NIGHT ACCEPTED THE REPUBLICAN NOMINATION FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND A RECURRING THEME OF THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION GOT TURNED AROUND A BIT AS ROMNEY WAS CLEARLY LOOKING FOR SUPPORT BASED ON SUBSTANCE BUT AT THE SAME TIME ASKING FOR THE VOTERS’ LOVE AS WELL. HUMANIZING AND PERSONALIZING THE CANDIDATE IS AN EFFORT THAT’S BEEN GOING ON AT THE SAME TIME OTHER SPEAKERS AT THIS YEAR’S CONVENTION, SUCH AS CHRIS CHRISTIE HAVE BEEN UNAPOLOGETIC ABOUT THE NEED FOR TOUGH DECISIONS TO BE MADE BY REPUBLICANS AT THE RISK OF LOSING THE VERY SORT OF LOVE ROMNEY IS SOLICITING FROM VOTERS IN THIS YEAR’S RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE. JOBS WERE JUST ONE OF THE THEMES TOUCHED ON BY ROMNEY IN HIS ACCEPTANCE SPEECH, CLAIMING THAT HE HAS A FIVE-POINT STRATEGY FOR CREATING 12 (M) MILLION JOBS. ROMNEY ALSO REPEATED HIS CALL FOR NATIONAL ENERGY INDEPENDENCE IN EIGHT YEARS.

THERE’S THE CONVENTION OF REPUBLICANS IN TAMPA JUST WRAPPING UP LAST NIGHT, THEN THERE WERE FOUR LOCAL REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS WHO MET ALONG THE FORGE HILL ROAD BRIDGE ON ORANGE COUNTY ROUTE 74 IN NEW WINDSOR. THEY GOT TOGETHER IN AN EFFORT TO PRESSURE OFFICIALS IN ALBANY TO SPEED UP FUNDING TO REPAIR AND/OR REPLACE THE BRIDGE OVER MOODNA CREEK WHICH WAS WASHED OUT BY HURRICANE IRENE’S FLOODWATERS ONE YEAR AGO. CONGRESSWOMAN NAN HAYWORTH, COUNTY EXECUTIVE ED DIANA ASSEMBLYWOMAN NANCY CALHOUN AND NEW WINDSOR SUPERVISOR GEORGE GREEN ALL GATHERED FOR THURSDAY’S MEDIA EVENT AT THE BRIDGE SITE. HAYWORTH IS BLAMING RED TAPE AT THE STATE AND FEDERAL LEVELS FOR HOLDING UP WORK ON THE FORGE HILL ROAD BRIDGE. YOU’LL REMEMBER THAT HAYWORTH AMONG WITH HER G-O-P COLLEAGUES IN THE HOUSE THREATENED ONE YEAR AGO TO WITHHOLD DISASTER FUNDING UNLESS IT WAS MATCHED BY BUDGET CUTS ELSEWHERE. THAT THREAT WAS CRITICIZED ROUNDLY BY DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ALIKE INCLUDING SUPERVISOR GREEN, AND HAYWORTH HAS SINCE BACKED DOWN FROM HER EARLIER STANCE WHILE LOOKING FOR OTHER AREAS TO TIGHTEN THE FEDERAL BUDGET OTHER THAN THE TRADEOFF SHE SUGGESTED ONE YEAR AGO.

ANOTHER POLITICAL STORY ABOUT LOCAL REPUBLICANS FINDS THE SUPERVISOR IN THE ORANGE COUNTY TOWN OF WARWICK, MICHAEL SWEETON MAKING OFFICIAL HIS QUEST FOR COUNTY EXECUTIVE AT A CAMPAIGN KICKOFF EVENT THURSDAY EVENING. SWEETON’S CHALLENGE TO ED DIANA, WHO IN ALL PROBABILITY WILL BE RUNNING AGAIN IN 2013 IS CONCENTRATING ON WHAT THE SUPERVISOR BELIEVES ARE WRONG MOVES BY DIANA, INCLUDING OVER THE VALLEY VIEW NURSING HOME SALE AND THE VACATED, DAMAGED ORANGE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER. SWEETON ALSO ECHOED THE CRITICISMS OF OTHER WHO ARE UNHAPPY WITH THE LACK OF DISCLOSURE AND AIR OF SECRECY IN RECENT ACTIONS BY THE EXECUTIVE.

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Headlines provided by Bob Schaeffer for WALL Radio 1340 AM
Mark West in the Morning with Bob Schaeffer and Chris Mitchell

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