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Will New York Be Better Off When Mayor Bill De Blasio’s Term Is Over?

Will New York experience a renaissance? Or end up like Detroit?

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January 3, 2014 - 12:45 pm

New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, was sworn in on January 1 and he promised in his inaugural speech a string of progressive initiatives that will address the problem of “inequality”:

On inaugural day, the new mayor outlined a sweeping progressive agenda for his administration, including higher taxes for those earning more than $500,000 a year to fund full day, universal pre-K and after-school programs for middle school students. He also wants to expand paid sick leave for employees of businesses that have 20 or more workers.

“Big dreams are not a luxury reserved for a privileged few,” he said, “but the animating force behind every community, in every borough.”

“Big dreams,” indeed. Red Bill is hellbent on making those dreams come true — with other people’s money, of course.

But the proof will be in what the city will look like when the mayor’s term is up. Will New York City undergo a renaissance, easing inequality and creating the conditions for business, the arts, and the people to flourish?

Or will the Big Apple look more like Detroit — a failed metropolis where the tax base has disappeared due to the flight of the wealthy and business to friendlier climes?

You’ve read what the pundits and commentators have to say. Now it’s your turn. Leave a comment below and tell us whether you believe New York City will be better off when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s term is over.

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If he works at the speed of Obama he will make NYC the next Detroit! NYC deserves the mayor they elected!
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New York, welcome to your Detroit future.
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Every city that succumbs to socialism becomes progressively worse and devolves into a harsh and unappealing environment for all but the very poor, the very rich, government elites and public service employees. I have fled three of them and I'm now ensconced in a small beach town. It is the issue of our time, the forces of evil, selling class warfare and Utopian socialist schemes as the mechanism to come to power; versus the forces of good as manifested in the spirit of personal freedom and responsibility normally found in the productive middle class. The battle for Middle Earth has just begun. Find a place to make your stand.
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Irrational behavior by most of the public most of the time, that's all it'll take for the new mayor's success. If not...If you're not buying cigarettes then (Pease have a look at ShaNaNa member's song entitled...)
"What Kind of Citizen ARE You?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpXjVq5Q6S0
Chorus: "What a soldier has to do to have a smoke, it really is a pity
In the P.O.W. camp they made of the city..." In an age when public health programs are funded by tobacco taxation, does every purchaser not deserve thanks for the funding help??
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"Ineptocracy"
( in-ep-toc’-ra-cy)
A system or government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing numbers of producers.

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."
-Thomas Jefferson
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We have only to wait and see the outcome. The Mayor, like the President, does not rule by executive fiat. They both think that they do, but they do not. As his policies begin to bleed revenue from the public trough, his own cronies will intervene. This will lessen, somewhat, the immediate pains inherent in his plans. No, it won't be the rosy picture he paints now. But neither will it be the obvious abject failure we predict. Enough crony capitalist democrats will get behind and push just hard enough to keep it from collapsing. NYC has tremendous pull and influence with the money market. They'll manage to keep the lie propped up - a la Enron. Remember, we're talking about A LOT of money here.
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Even if the city is left in ruins after his first term the spin will be "those evil capitalist/business owners didn't pay their fair share!" De Blasio only understands crony capitalism and what he's been taught to think.
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NY is getting just what it deserves - good and hard.
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What deBlasio proposed doesn't address "income inequality" -- he just wants to increase revenue and create a bigger government monolith, with universal pre-K and a wider network of educational programs. This is simply a Socialst power-grab. More programs mean more control and less individual freedom. Nowhere did he say the poor would be better off, necessarily, but HE and his cronies will be better off, for sure!
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De Blasio and his entire family are creepy and frightening. He does not bode well for NY, he is a tragedy in the making!
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It all depends on the New Yorkers. Will the tax base stay or move out just like so many others have done. If companies decides it is too expensive to do business in NY, it will deteriorate. What foolishness by New Yorkers. They went from a mayor with good common sense and policies to a control freak to a socialist. My family and I came to America to get away from Socialist policies and it looks like they have followed us here. Socialist policies make everyone equally poor and miserable. I know. I witnessed it twice over.
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New York City is doomed. It is like Obama is metastasizing into NYC. It is frightening to think of what is going to happen to this city. I think the Lord is going to make an example of New York for everyone to see what happens to a cursed city. He was elected with a 49 percent margin of victory. With their eyes wide open, New Yorkers elected him. The vast majority of people in NYC reject God, so now they get a Communist who will destroy the city.
He is a militant pro abortionist along with promoting sodomy. This mayor is a Communist that wants to tax the rich out of existence. He is a lot like the Left in France that want 75 percent tax on the wealthy. I believe that, like Obama, God raised this man up as judgment on this city.
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Buy stock in Moving Companies.
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"a harsh and unappealing environment for all but the very poor, the very rich, government elites and public service employees"? that's exactly what nyc was like when i moved here in 1984. That's what I've been hoping the new mayor will not bring us back to. Fear, hope and apathy fight with each other. I used to be very cynical but now am more optimistic. Of course when i was cynical i was a liberal, but am both more conservative and more optimistic now. As with the nation, I sincerely hope my worst fears won't come to pass.
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