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Oh, goodie – a rerun

And it has all the ear-markings of the usual failure.  New York mayoral race:

Since the days of Bill Clinton and the New Democrats, it has been a totem of faith in some liberal-progressive circles that the key to lifting up the lower ranks lies in downplaying social and economic conflicts, cozying up to business interests, and tackling inequality covertly, through largely invisible subsidies such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. De Blasio, in pledging to raise taxes on the rich to finance his education programs, has challenged this formula, and turned himself into the standard-bearer for what some see as a new era of urban populism.

Yes indeed, a “new era of urban populism”, or as those who view the idea just a little differently, a new era of class warfare in which the demonized class gets robbed and the proceeds of the theft are supposedly redistributed for the benefit of the “proletariat”. It’s not like we don’t spend enough on education now. You’d think a smart mayoral candidate would consider the possibility that money isn’t the problem. But that’s too difficult and besides, when you’re supported by teachers unions, well, it’s easier to go after the rich.

And, of course, the author of this article is quite excited about it. It’s like this has never happened recently in, oh, I don’t know, France? You know … where they decided those filthy rich should pay for everything. It certainly wasn’t a matter of “urban” populism per se, but it was a matter of socialist populism – same thing. Result? The rich started moving elsewhere. Imagine that.

Of course De Blasio would have to get this past the state legislature – not likely anytime soon. And, as the author mentions, it’s not a huge tax raise so it’s likely not to get much coverage even if it is passed. But the point of course is the left never learns. Ever. They’re committed to the same failed policies and same failed solutions as they always have been.

Most remarkable is the apparent surprise they register when the predictable happens. It is like they’re geese and they wake up in a new world every day? Unfortunately we have to share the world with them and they’re making it progressively unlivable.


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42 Responses to Oh, goodie – a rerun

  • Comrade Comandante De Blasio will work tirelessly to “Detroit” Nuevo Ork.
    After the Second Circuit spanked the Federal judge who blocked “stop, TALK, and frisk”, I look for De Blasio to drop the case for the city, ending the practice that has been successful in preventing a LOT of violent crime.
    Just the first of many steps on the downward spiral.

    • It has been a while since I’ve heard the term “rotten apple” applied to NY. I expect that to change.

    • …ending the practice that has been successful in preventing a LOT of violent crime.

      Are you aware that the program has also been the source of many egregious violations of rights?  Also, do you approve of the strict gun control of NYC?
      Of the arrests made during the program, what percent were for pot or other vice crimes?

      • Are you aware that the program has also been the source of many egregious violations of rights?

        At least as aware as you.  EVERY police practice has the potential for abuse.
        Stop, TALK, and frisk has…in the main…been very successful and has a very good cost/benefit ratio.
        AND the support of the people in the neighborhoods where it is used.

        • …has a very good cost/benefit ratio.

          That’s easy for you to say when you’re not bearing the cost.  Or, do you get frisked often?

          AND the support of the people in the neighborhoods where it is used.

          At least the ones who don’t fit the profile.
          Since when does the mob get to decide that it is OK for a subset to be subjected to humiliation, racism, illegal searches, falsified evidence?
          Of the arrests from this program, what percent were for vice crimes, as opposed to weapons violations?  Of the weapons violations, how many were thugs and how many were peaceable individuals who wanted a weapon for self-defense?
          Again, do you agree with the gun control laws of NYC?

          • Answer your own questions.
            Except, of course, for the gun control question…which is too stupid to have asked, much less answer.

      • If NYC gave me my right to be armed and defend myself, I’d support ending stop and frisk.

    • Stop and talk and frisk….that one makes me uncomfortable.   I don’t see a lot of difference between that and having to stop at a (so far non-existent) friendly TSA checkpoint as I drive along Murica’s interstates to answer some friendly questions.  This last bit especially since we’re not worried about people crossing our borders even being seen, let alone asked questions.
      While I don’t disagree with profiling per say, so long as all they’re doing is keeping an extra eye on people, and I literally mean, keeping an eye….not asking them to empty the contents of their pockets and why they’re in the neighborhood.   Walking while being (X) shouldn’t be enough to screw with them unless they’re like, brandishing weapons or something.

      • It’s a lot more like the Israeli airport security protocol than the TSA, looker.

        • Which, in the context of an airport as Israeli security I understand.   In the context of a subway platform, I could at least see a similarity for an argument that it’s valid (still would need to argue that though).
          But aren’t they doing stop and frisk in areas where the environment is the open sidewalk?    I can’t condone it just because they get “success” when it sure feels like a violation of the 4th Amendment.   I don’t like the idea of law enforcement officers literally able to stop you, question you and frisk you because they don’t like the way you look today.  We’re assuming a profile, but that doesn’t have to be the case, they have the freedom to stop anyone don’t they?   And I have a problem with “I don’t like your looks stranger….empty your pockets and tell me what’s your business here”.
          Over the years I’ve discovered things done to make us ‘safe’ has been used as an excuse for all kinds of things that don’t necessarily make us safe.   I realize I’m not likely to be seated on the Supreme Court any time soon but it strikes me the ‘Terry frisk’ they’re applying isn’t exactly based on the same behaviors the original case (what I understand of it) was based on for the exclusionary ruling.   I’d be very surprised if NYC PD aren’t stretching it to hunches sometimes, borne out if they do find something and then claim “I saw a bulge that looked like (a knife, pistol, RPG….)”
          It’s the nature of the “I’m the law” beast sometimes.

          • I can’t condone it just because they get “success” when it sure feels like a violation of the 4th Amendment.   I don’t like the idea of law enforcement officers literally able to stop you, question you and frisk you because they don’t like the way you look today.

            Which, of course, is not what is done.  As the courts have taken note of, regardless of your “feelings”.  The crux of the District Court ruling was “disparate impact”, not violation of due process.

          • Their procedures are based on Terry V Ohio right?

          • and heh, I’d be lying if I said I don’t have to look up the significance of (and what the hell it means) “disparate impact”.  My guess is like my feelings….not relevant  🙂

          • And it’s certainly not a simple case or the courts wouldn’t still be hearing it.    The argument that it prevents crime is dismissed by the opposition who claim the statistics indicate that the type of crime it’s credited with reducing was on the decline anyway (got me….not a clue).
            I fall back to the point that a lot of crime can be prevented by wholesale violation of various amendments if law enforcement decides to do sweeps of entire neighborhoods for illicit items and or behaviors, so the reduction in crime statistics doesn’t satisfy me as good enough.
            I certainly respect your understanding of the law and my likely disagreement with you on this in no way diminishes that.   I also recognize jousting with you in this arena is just a really dumbass thing for me to do.   🙂     Probably like me arguing physics with…well…nearly anyone really once we get beyond the point of what goes up tends to come down.

          • which, of course, is not what is done.


          • Yeh.  There are just NO civil libertarian lawyers in New York.  It is a real cesspool of rogue, too conservative cops, running rough-shod over the poor and minorities.
            Damn shame, really…

          • Sadly, your sarcasm hits too close to reality to be funny.

        • Not from what I’ve read and seen on the news.  As Pendergast points out, the street is not the same as an El Al terminal.

    • This afterall comes from the same enlightened folks who gave us … 

      “I’m Really Good at Killing People” — Barack Obama, 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner

  • As far as Republican canyddates for Mayor – do they have anyone who’s not a closet Democrat/RINO?    Based on the latest ruling Party Republican activities, I don’t hold out much hope for them to initiate a return to less intrusive government.

    • There are no RINOs in New York, at least not in NYC.
      Nelson Rockefeller and his ilk chased all the conservatives out of the Republican Party of NY so they setup the Conservative Party.

      • Wasn’t Nanny Bloomberg more or less the dictionary definition for the term RINO?

        • The very point I make in opposing the term “RINO”.
          Nanny Bloomers is a Progressive.  MANY of the most prominent Progressives were also Republicans.  See Nixon, Richard; see also LaFollette, Robert.
          Republicans get to say who is a Republican, and being a Conservative is NOT a requirement…AT ALL.
          The term I use is COIN (conservative only in name).

          • “Republicans get to say who is a Republican, and being a Conservative is NOT a requirement…AT ALL.”
            As I discover, all too often recently.

          • Only if they are honset about a break with historic Republican positions. 

  • The pundits, about a year ago, were discussing the tax burden in NYC. They stated that Bloomberg was dependent upon the tax of about 40,000 high earners to stay financed.
    I predict that the number of “rich” is going to drop precipitously.

    • They will either manage to pay the freight or egress.
      The REAL exodus will come with the middle-class.  The rich and poor will stay, mostly.
      Just like Kulhifornia.

      • Shoot, I’m surprised they’re still there.   Must be Broadway and Times Square….maybe the delis?

        • The lure for the rich is the whole New York aura of “hip and sophisticated”, artsy-fartsy coolness.
          The lure for the “poor” is the welfare city-state.  Well…and for some preying on the rich.

          • “Well…and for some preying on the rich.”
            You just managed to cause me to have a vision of mosquitos with straws and drilling implements clambering over a herd beast and commenting on the flavor.

  • As far as education, giving teachers more money is a waste of time.  But that is not to say it’s the teachers who are the problem.
    Education is made up of three players: the students, the teachers and the parents.
    From talking to a number of teachers who work on urban areas, the problem is usually the parents and the culture the students live in.  When “being White” is frowned upon when students accel, other students will not.
    The other problem in urban school system is the magnitude of the waste that starts at the top.  I’ve had more than one teacher complain that they don’t have books that match the curriculum.  I’ve had a music teacher who was hired to teach students to play instruments with not one in the building.

    • Oh, you forgot TWO other players…
      Administrators, who are a growing and VERY expensive sector…
      and UNION “leaders”, who are, again, a growing and VERY expensive (in every possible way) influence.

  • In 1980, around 300 of the Fortune 500 were based in NYC, and 100 in California – today there’s more  based in Texas than NYC.

  • It isn’t that it’ been tried and failed, it’s that the last guy who tried it didn’t go far enough fast enough causing it the fail.  We just have to put our full faith and trust in them that when they get there programs running without opposition that the magic will happen, deficit spending will cause surpluses, consumption will cause surplus, and handouts will cause self sufficiency.   It all happens at 88 MPH but may require a DeLorean.

  • WASHINGTON — The Affordable Care Act is the biggest new health care program in decades, but the Obama administration has ruled that neither the federal insurance exchange nor the federal subsidies paid to insurance companies on behalf of low-income people are “federal health care programs.”
    The surprise decision, disclosed last week, exempts subsidized health insurance from a law that bans rebates, kickbacks, bribes and certain other financial arrangements in federal health programs, stripping law enforcement of a powerful tool used to fight fraud in other health care programs, like Medicare.
    The main purpose of the anti-kickback law, as described by federal courts in scores of Medicare cases, is to protect patients and taxpayers against the undue influence of money on medical decisions.

    … Chicago comes to America

  • Raise taxes on the wealthy in NY City.  Watch the NYSE relocate to green pastures.  NY city turns into Detroit overnight.  Capitalism gets blamed.


    Good & Hard
    10:44 AM, Nov 5, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN

    Elections, as we are too-often reminded, have consequences. You vote for someone who says that you can keep your health care plan and … er, bad example.
    But here is a better one.  As reported by the New York Post’s Richard Johnson:

    Bill de Blasio is considering hiring … Randi Weingarten as the next NYC schools chancellor …

    Ms. Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teacher is, of course, doctrinaire in her opposition to:

    … charter schools, teacher evaluations and most of the other reforms Mayor Bloomberg enacted.

    In New York, it seems, the bad old days will soon be here again.


  • Official:  NYC elects an unrepentant socialist.
    In related news, NYC residents now deserve what’s in store the next 4+ years. The police blotter will hold grim satisfaction for me going forward.