i’ll admit that math was never really my strong suit, but being jobless at the moment, i’m considering applying for the position of world accountant. i think i could easily find enough extra cash to solve many of the poverty problems that exist. once i heard a story about someone who asked jimmy carter why he thought he was qualified to be president. jimmy carter said something like, ‘ i never thought i was – until i met the other people who were running’. i totally get that.
this week many heads of state were in town for the 66th general assembly. there wasn’t a corner in midtown without at least 8 – 10 cops in plain view. most of them were texting, talking on the phone or chatting with each other. on wednesday i was walking down first and when i got to 50th st., there were 20 or more cops at the intersection. the intersection, being so close to the united nations, was the designated route for most of the motorcades leaving the un, hence the enormous presence of police. i approached an officer and asked if he thought the president would be driving by anytime soon. he said i just missed him by 5 minutes. “oh man . . . this is the 4th time this week i missed him by less than 10 minutes,” i whined.
“don’t feel bad,” the cop told me, “we missed him too and we were standing right here.”
i estimate that we could probably feed an impoverished village somewhere in the world for a year or more with the money wasted on police overtime on just 1 intersection in nyc this week alone. here are some other examples where i could be useful in my new position as world accountant :
Kagame’s rooms have “panoramic views of Central Park, the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline,” says the hotel’s Web site. Rwanda’s average annual income last year was $1,150, according to the World Bank. ny post
reuters: Before world leaders head home on Friday from the United Nations General Assembly, New York City might consider hitting up the heads of state for the nearly $17 million their diplomats owe in outstanding parking tickets.
The New York City Department of Finance said the outstanding balance for the unpaid tickets totaled $16.7 million through the end of July. Egypt topped the list with $1.9 million in outstanding tickets, followed by Nigeria with about $1 million and Indonesia with about $725,000.
(btw, the cia tells us: in rwanda, 60% of the population live below poverty level. in the us = 12% of people live below the poverty level – and the ny times reported: From 2009 to 2010, 75,000 city residents were pushed into poverty, increasing the poor population to more than 1.6 million and raising the percentage of New Yorkers living below the official federal poverty line to 20.1 percent)
. . . just sayin’
“The only real valuable thing is intuition.”
– Albert Einstein