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Why do I get the feeling NYC is in for deja vu all over again?

Why do I get the feeling NYC is in for deja vu all over again?

New York City voters, what on Earth have you done?

De Blasio Vows to Shape a Liberal New York:

Mayor Bill de Blasio was sworn in Wednesday, promising to usher in a sweeping agenda that would remake the nation’s largest city as a foundry for liberal ideas.

Among the Democrat’s early priorities are higher taxes on city residents making more than $500,000 a year, universal prekindergarten, de-emphasizing standardized testing in public schools and reining in aggressive street stops by the police

The new mayor, whose campaign theme was ending a “tale of two cities,” has made clear that he would like to be a national leader in trying to combat income inequality. Scott Stringer, the city’s new comptroller, said the 52-year-old Mr. de Blasio would tackle the income gap “in a way that hasn’t been a priority since Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty.”

The city for the past 20 years has been ruled by mayors who won office as Republicans: Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg. During those years, violent crime fell to record lows, mirroring national trends, while high-school graduation rates rose and development moved into neighborhoods once seen as dangerous. The agencies Mr. de Blasio says he wants to change—the New York Police Department and the Department of Education, to name two—were often held up as national models.

It gets worse:

This was the tone set by one of the preliminary speakers, comparing NYC to a plantation:

It gets worse:

Public advocate caught in lie over Times homeless story:

NY Post Letitia James caught in lie

Why do I get the feeling this is going to be deja vu all over again?

Ford to NYC Drop Dead

(Historical note, Ford never used the exact words “Drop Dead”)


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NC Mountain Girl | January 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

I think I’ll pop Season One of The Equalizer into the DVD player this afternoon. The opening credit sequence nicely highlights pre-Giuliani NYC grime, crime and slime.

    GrumpyOne in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | January 3, 2014 at 9:17 pm

    Hell, all you hafta do is wait a year and you’ll be able to see it in live in person.

    But then again, who in their right mind would want to do that…

Henry Hawkins | January 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

DiBlasio’s reign will be a carnival of clownish failures accompanied by uber-liberals eating each other like hypocritical vegan cannibals, and because it is NYC, it will all be on national media for everyone to see.

I just converted an IRA into popcorn futures.

This will produce more very wealthy corrupt-o-crats, more volumes of documented Collectivist failures to study, and more ruined people, chewed to pieces by crime, terrible education, economic failure, and hopelessness.

We know every bit of this already. We don’t need to repeat the experiment yet again. I wonder sometimes why we allow this.

    Matt_SE in reply to Ragspierre. | January 3, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    “We” didn’t allow anything. It’s been too long since the days of Dinkins, and the liberals have forgotten what it used to be like. THEY were the ones that voted de Blasio in.
    Just like in Detroit, the people brought this on themselves.

      MarkS in reply to Matt_SE. | January 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      But the arrogance typical of New Yorkers will blind them to fact their problems are of their own making!

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Matt_SE. | January 4, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      All these lying libtard pols have to tell the unwashed is that they’re going to tax the rich and the morons line up like the ignorant lemmings they are to vote for him/her. They never see a dime of the tax money. Revenues drop when taxes are raised, businesses and jobs leave, rinse and repeat, and the welfare class grows, which is precisely what these commie bastards want.

      The frosting on the cake in this case is that DeBlasio will lower educational standards so steeply and start the indoctrination camps so young, that a tenth-grader will be lucky if he can count to 5 and print his own name.

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | January 3, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    I did not imply “we” were at fault for electing this puke.

    Nor do I begin to suggest that “we” should short-circuit the democratic process…regardless of how terrible its sometimes products.

    What I do mean is that there should be something…that there are THINGS…we can can do beyond tongue-clucking when we see the Collectivist “experiment” being repeated again and again with results we know very well will follow.

    Real people are victims.

    JimMtnViewCaUSA in reply to Ragspierre. | January 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Give some “credit” to the news media.
    Ignoring left-side corruption, highlighting any and all Repub failings (even imaginary ones), the people become convinced of things that just aren’t true.

The Department of Sanitation has a chaplain?!

casualobserver | January 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

In less than 3 or 4 years I expect cities and towns in the Sunbelt, especially Florida and Texas, will be heaping great thanks on DeBlasio for creating a significant shift of the most wealthy from NYC to their regions. Even Wall Street becomes less dependent on location day by day. It won’t be a massive or total exodus, but it will be enough that the tax and redistribute scheme will falter, I bet.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to casualobserver. | January 3, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    North Carolina, among other southern states, is already enjoying the influx of NY money. NC moves up to 9th largest state this year, overtaking Michigan.

      casualobserver in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 3, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina are all three benefiting from more than just milder winters these days. Add Texas and maybe Arizona and I guess you capture almost all of the growth in the country.

      NC Mountain Girl in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 3, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Unfortunately a great many of them bring their voting habits with them.

      That can be entertaining, however, so long as the newcomers remain on the fringes. Especially so here in bloody Madison, where the urban lefties think they need to give political lessons to a local Democrat machine that is as corruptly efficient as anything ever I saw in Chicago.

        Sorry but Florida has all but succumbed to the blight of Nor’ Easters bringing their filthy philosophies with them. They live in a place until their white guilt turns it into a hell-on-earth, then they take their money somewhere else, heretofore unspoiled by their corruption. Locusts, I tell you.

        Henry Hawkins in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | January 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm

        Most libs coming to NC come to Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hell or Charlotte rather than to FayetteNam or deep red rural areas, so… we’ll take their money. And if’n they git uppity we got a plan fer ‘at ‘ere, too.

          NC Mountain Girl in reply to Henry Hawkins. | January 3, 2014 at 10:09 pm

          Asheville draws the artsy left. Parts of it look more like San Francisco than a small Southern city, right down to the topless protestors in the city park.

    Attempting to tax high New York incomes is silly. New Yorkers easily can move themselves and their official work addresses to surrounding jurisdictions, and refrain from holding interests in city real estate outright in their names.

      janitor in reply to janitor. | January 3, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Also the schooling requirement is in conflict with New York State law; but if and to the extent it were implemented and upheld for “New York City residents” (or similar), then for people who cannot establish residency elsewhere, it would become a homeschooling paperwork requirement. I’m confident that there are entreprenuers who would be happy to do the paperwork requirements for a fee, and also that ordinary daycare centers will start qualifying themselves as certified preschools.

LibraryGryffon | January 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

I’m rather appalled that the WSJ is buying into the Democrat corruption of English (and of our system of government) by so casually using the word “ruled” to describe Giuliani and Bloomberg’s role in city government.

Half my family lives in Manhattan and nary a one voted for deBlasio even though the R candidate was a complete and utter loser. Apparently my family members were the only four in the city who didn’t vote for deBlasio!

The NYT today is drooling over how deBlasio has seemingly succeeded in overseeing and managing his first test, the snow dribble. It wasn’t even a storm and the NYT is fawning. If holding a shovel is the litmus test for a mayor’s admiration, god help us when a REAL test of his ability befalls the city.

As an aside, the four largest real estate transactions in Greenwich CT took effect in December, each over $20million. I don’t know for a fact, but logic says the buyers are deep pickets fleeing NYC.

    Subotai Bahadur in reply to eosredux. | January 3, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I find the moves to Conn. to be encouraging. Wherever New Yorkers go, they bring their corruption with them. I would just as soon see them stay in the Leftist Northeast rather than have them move to America.

      Insufficiently Sensitive in reply to Subotai Bahadur. | January 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

      I remember the tsunami of New Yorkers sloshing toward the Pacific, and have endured pretty unwillingly their dragging the left coast into the blue-state mess that now exists.

      It’s time we started a new Sierra Club campaign. We’ll see their game of de-urbanizing the countryside, and raise them the de-urbanization all their edgy megalopolises by sending them back to New York to enjoy the new triumph of neo-Progressivism.

      If they can gloat over the removal of our power-generating dams, so will we gloat over the removal of their urban power bases as we turn Seattle and Portland and SF and LA back into bucolic 19th-century paradises, by shipping their oh-so-socially-conscious selves back east where they came from. Next, downzone any town over 100,000 to tree farms…

      Careful. It’s “wherever leftist/progressive New Yorkers go….”

Where’s Rob Ford when you need him?

He’d drive tourism and make us laugh.

When does Blas appoint Valerie Jarrett head raider of public union funds, oops, I mean financier extraordinaire of slums? This could be her dream job.

theduchessofkitty | January 3, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Pretty soon, the U-Haul truck will become a status symbol in NYC…

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | January 3, 2014 at 1:09 pm


DB, gave himself (persona) away, when he stated:

“I made clear my real respect for Mayor Bloomberg,” he said. “It’s not a secret that I’ve had some disagreements with him on policy, but I honored with a whole heart what he did TO this city.”

And the NYT, went right along because it did not ask him:

“my clear respect”? Umm, in that case, shouldn’t you have said FOR “this city”?

DB is an obama clone <'Dat ain't racis is it?

A small side note, perhaps, in DeBlasio’s grand scheme, but the idea of “universal pre-kindergarten” is just a perfect proposal for today’s leftists.

Repeated studies have shown that Head Start does absolutely nothing to improve student performance. Zero. Zip. Nada. But that’s not all. Even kindergarten doesn’t improve student performance in school. NO EFFECT AT ALL.

So “universal prekindergarten” is just another way to spend money, extend the education bureaucracy, and expand government for no possible benefit to society.

It’s federalized babysitting, so all the children can be indoctrinated to love Big Bro Barack while their welfare parasite mothers ply the streets to earn their crack money (after the SNAP card runs out).

The dreary fate that New York is in for. Again, a generation must learn the hard way of the vicious fallacies and false promises of Leftism. Of course, in the end as always, the tragic and inexorable consequences will be someone elses fault. Some vague “white man’s system” that resisted the glorious Utupian vision. Or that the progresive overlords weren’t given ENOUGH power and control and money. Always the same sob story to explain away the catastrophic failure. But I wonder if there is another Giuliani to turn it around. We can’t keep taking for granted that one will appear.

    NYC is in such a better shape than it was 20 years ago. The mob was killed (for the most part): they are no longer running the carting business (commercial garbage).

    If crime goes up de Blasio will be in very bad shape politically. A good part of deBlasio’s base are educated, wealthy professionals. They will not take kindly to crime + rapacious taxation. NYC city is taxed very highly; water and sewage have gone up so high that they can’t really go up much more; the parking ticket people and others are really maxed out as it is. (Thank you Bloomberg.)

    deBlasio knows that the the very rich pay a very large part of the taxes. If they go – NYC is f**ked. I think he will do many social things (get rid of horses in Central Park) and other “noisy” things to get support.

    I hope (pray actually) that he will show *strength* when negotiating public union contracts.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | January 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Public advocate Letitia James caught in lie over Times homeless story …..

Hmmmm….. So Letitia James was “New York Times-ing” it eh?

New way to say “lies” = “New York Times-ing” it.

Why do New Yorkers hate their city so much?

May DeBlasio is going to make NYC into another Detroit!

Joey Williams | January 3, 2014 at 1:39 pm

What is so difficult about understanding the dangers of “income-leveling”? Say you’re a Wall Street broker who earned $600,000 in salary and $250,000 in bonuses last year. de Blasio comes along and says, “you should share your hard work and good fortune with others. I’m going to tax away 95% of what you earned over $500,000.

I’d be in my employer’s office the next day, arranging to take a pay cut to $499,999. The potential downside (an actual loss in earnings of just $17,500) isn’t much, and there’s no reason to simply transfer money from your employer to the coffers of NYC.

Efforts to grab wealth almost always backfire. The number of “very rich” people in France has taken a nose dive since news was announced of their huge new tax on high incomdes. States like New York and California are bleeding people and businesses to lower-tax states.

Perhaps the most difficult question for de Blasio to deal with would be, “I’m a wealthy investor, which I earned by hard work and careful handling of my funds. Why should I move to New York City, where you’ll take away a huge chunk of my incoome – income that NYC had no part in creating – when I can get a nice mansion in Conecticut instead? And, since you tax people who WORK in NYC, not just residents, why should I locate my offices in Manhattan as opposed to Philadelphia or Boston?

Hasn’t de Blasio ever watched “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” so he can learn about the Laffer Curve, and how raising taxes eventually lowers revenues?

Dem Scum
What they run
Turns into slum.

Progressives remade Detroit too.

One of the other reasons this keeps happening every 20 years or so is that conservatives have been too genteel to call evil what it is.

How was Communism allowed to find a place on campus after the fall of the Soviet Union? The whole thing is absurd, but conservatives didn’t want to offend anyone by calling a spade a spade.

For evil to be destroyed, it must be clearly discredited. We didn’t do that, so now instead we are treated to lectures by Obama about how “we’ve tried the capitalist, supply-side economics before and it failed.”

The ignominy of being lectured by a buffoon like Obama on economics and social policy should be enough motivation to fight back. Assuming we can find leaders who will lead.

Lefties are insane and delusional. When these policies fail to produce the promised results, and in fact produce the opposite (and very predictable) result, they will use the failure as justification to do more of the same. The “logic” will be that that damage is so vast from right-wing policies that even more drastic measures are necessary to overcome them. That’s why, five years later, more people still blame Bush for this lousy economy than Obama and his ilk. Being a lefty means never having to admit error and never being asked to by the MSM.

TrooperJohnSmith | January 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Times Square going back to seedy sex shops in 3… 2… 1…

Wait until the Big Money people start getting hurt. Then, it won’t be ‘Socialism on Demand’ any longer.

They sure are going to be sorry.

My Dream Mayoral Bowl Game:

Toronto vs. New York City.

Winner loses.

Ford to Detroit:

I wasn’t talking to you.

I wonder if it is possible to “Short” New York City, perhaps on their bonds? Idk if it is possible, but I would put a few grand down into this and possibly walk away a millionaire with ignorance like his!

All the progress made in one generation, about to be wiped out by the 80% of the voters in NY who (1) did not bother to vote, and (2)of teh 20% of voters who did vote, the idiots who voted for this maniac.

New Yorkers made their bed. Let them lie in it.

Question: How does taxing the wealthy to pay for after school daycare have an effect on “income inequality?”

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Redneck Law. | January 4, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    It doesn’t, but gosh, it sure sounds nice. That’s what matters to low info lib voters like you find in NYC.

    “Income inequality” is a marvelously nebulous term. It contains the word ‘inequality’ which everyone knows is bad, right? If a measure is said to fight any sort of ‘inequality’, well, it must a be a good thing.