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Monday, December 27th, 2010

Christmas Blizzard Hits The North East and the US Economy
WABC’s Mark Simone is filling in for Sean tonight who’s enjoying a much needed rest before the New Year. Mark kicked off the show discussing the Christmas Blizzard of 2010 that hit parts of the North East very hard, delivering up to 30 inches of snow in some places. “The whole North East has been hit pretty hard,” acknowledged Simone, “There’s tremendous economic damage because it costs $1 Million an inch to clear the snow in major cities but more importantly yesterday and today are the biggest sales days of the year so the City (New York City) and the State will lose a ton of sales tax revenue.” It would be interesting to see just how much money a city like New York will lose at a time when it can ill afford to lose any.

Dr. Betsy McCaughey
Former NY Lt. Governor Betsy McCaughey stopped by the show to discuss her thoughts on the disaster that is Obama Care. “At this point everyone has seen the headlines in the New York Times talking about the revival of the End-of-Life policy,” noted McCagughey, “What the Obama administration couldn’t achieve through legislation, they’re trying to do through regulation.” Simone played Devil’s advocate asking,” When would you have this conversation about end-of-life issues.” McCaughey was quick to act saying, “This shouldn’t be discussed by this new government agency being called the Shared Decision Making Learning Resources.” The government has seemingly interjected itself on many aspects of our lives in the last few years from our personal security to our health insurance but there is absolutely no place for the government in this very personal decision.

Hillary Barsky
WABC’s Hillary Barsky stopped by the show to give a report on the Christmas Blizzard that hit the East Coast. “There have been 5000 flights canceled in the Tri-State area and there’s only one runway open at LaGuardia,” noted Barsky, “The most challenging thing has been the wind.” “We’ve been lucky that there haven’t been any real bad accidents or fatalities,” noted Simone, “we have had hundreds of motorists stranded.” We heard already how expensive this storm will be but it’s that much worse for those who’re stranded and unable to make it back to their loved ones.

Show Guests

Betsy McCaughey

Betsy McCaughey is a patient advocate and former Lt. Governor of New York State. In 2004, she founded and is now Chairman of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths (also known as RID), a nationwide educational campaign to stop hospital-acquired infections. In five years, RID has made hospital infections a major public issue. It has provided compelling evidence that preventing infection improves hospital profitability as well as saving lives, and RID has won legislation in over 25 states for public reporting of infection rates. RID has become synonymous with patient safety and clean hospital car. Prior to entering the health policy field, Betsy McCaughey earned a Ph.D. in constitutional history from Columbia University. She is the author of two books on that subject. She has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University, and she produced prize-winning studies while at two think tanks, the Manhattan Institute and later the Hudson Institute. From 1995 to 1998, she... More >