Rudy Giuliani on Technology
Former Mayor of New York City; Republican Candidate for 2000 Senate (NY)
A: I think it’s the new serious area of crime that’s emerging. First of all, let’s separate the economics from the safety and security, like we have to do with free trade agreements; that we should not tax the Internet. There are people who are proposing taxing the Internet. That’d be a really, really big mistake. We should police the Internet in that we should make sure that child predators aren’t taking advantage of the Internet. There are a lot of good state and local law enforcement efforts in that regard. I think a task force between the federal government and state and local governments, in order to police it, to share information--those are the kinds of things that we have to do.
Q: Should we have an FCC-style agency for the Internet?
A: If it becomes worse--I’m not big on setting up new agencies. I’m sort of bigger on making the ones that we have work.
A: There’s an assumption in your question that is not necessarily correct; the Democratic, liberal assumption: “I need money; I raise taxes.”
Q: Then what are you going to cut?
A: The way to do it sometimes is to reduce taxes and raise more money. For example, I ran a city with 759 bridges; some of the most used bridges in the world. I was able to acquire more money to fund capital programs. I reduced the number of poor bridges from 5% to 1.7%. I was able to raise more money to fix those bridges by lowering taxes. I lowered income taxes by 25%. I was collecting 40% more from the lower income tax than from the higher income tax. We should put more money into infrastructure. We should have a good program for doing it. But the kneejerk liberal Democratic reaction--raise taxes to get money--very often is a very big mistake.
In the interim, betwee 1993 and 2001 incidents at the WTC, a radio signal amplifier, known as a repeater system, had been installed within the complex. But in the same intervening years spanning the Giuliani administration, little was done by the city to try to upgrade the fire department’s radio system. The difficult technical issue of providing repeater sites throughout the city so that firefighters could readily transmit and receive messages in all buildings and subways was never really confronted.
The sorry disarray not only the chaos resulting from the attack, but also the mayor’s failure to ready the city’ agencies for large scale emergencies such as high-rise fires. Interoperability, including well-coordinated police and fire departments emergency communications and protocols, were nowhere in evidence in NYC.
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