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Ed Driscoll

Won’t Get Myzled Again

November 7th, 2013 - 5:41 pm

“De Blasio’s Advantage: No One Believes Him,” Seth Mandel writes at Commentary:

There’s that condescension again, as the Times translates Bloomberg’s message: governing is “slightly more complicated” than not governing. De Blasio is getting the Obama treatment at this point. The true liberal governing agenda is so reckless that most people on the left just assume liberals are making empty promises, and those on the right hope they are.

It’s the strange reality of post-9/11 politics, and a testament to the success of figures like Rudy Giuliani. New York has suffered through periods in which it was difficult to imagine the city at or near its true potential. It is now difficult for New Yorkers to imagine that mindset, thanks in large part to the public servants who helped rescue the city from the Dinkins era. It is characteristic of this new confidence–which borders, at times, on a very un-New York complacency–that few are willing to believe a progressive will govern as a progressive, that liberalism is fun in theory but there are too many lives at stake to put it into practice.

Sorry, I’m not making that mistake again.

When Barack Obama won in 2008, my immediate thoughts were that, “Sure, all of those community organizer riffs play well to the Kos Kids and the rest of the far left base, but he’s a smart man — he knows that the key to success will be to govern as Bill Clinton ultimately did: pay some lip service to far left social issues, but policy-wise stay close to the center. He’s got to remember Clinton’s disastrous first two years in office after he ran to Bush #41′s right to get elected: Waco, gun control, Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders railing on about masturbaaaaaation being taught in school, don’t ask don’t tell, HillaryCare, etc. The sum total of which exasperated voters enough to hand GOP Congress for the first time 40 years in 1994. He knows not to make those mistakes again. It won’t be too bad, right?”

Well, we all know how that turned out. Like Mr. Obama, de Blasio is a true leftist believer; might as well get a jump on things, and assume that the bad old days will be returning to Manhattan soon enough. Who wants to be myzled yet again?

Related: “It is almost always popular to promise to raise taxes on the fat cats, and the crude arithmetic of democratic politics means that it is usually profitable to promise to tax a wealthy minority and give the money to a less-wealthy majority. A majority may very well vote for such redistribution — moving is the fat cats’ veto. And as dysfunctional, Democrat-dominated cities around the country have seen, it becomes the middle class’s veto, too.”

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One of the noticeable things about the Hudson River waterfront isn't just the modernization of the Manhattan side over the past 20 years. It's Jersey City, which would look perfectly at home on the other side of the Hudson. It was basically a downtrodden waterfront area for years, but the decline of New York from the Lindsay years to the Dinkins era brought it back, because it allowed Wall Street firms to be less than two miles from their Center of the Universe but out of the grip of the city's ascending crime and tax rates.

If de Blasio ended up actually doing what he says he's going to do, the biggest beneficiary may end up being Chris Christie, who will have two years of Mayor de Blasio before the first primary vote is ever cast to use him as a foil for his fiscal conservatism message, which would include trying to lure more Wall Street business to new Jersey City waterfront homes.
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New York is a bit different than other places when it comes to the Fat Cats Veto by Feet. It's so much the financial center of the nation and the world that many of the Fat Cats will just pay more in taxes and hire their own private security to keep the new Mayor's constituents at bay.

But the far leftist appointments and policies will inevitably roll back the clock to pre-Rudi days of broken windows and no "stop, talk, and frisk" and crime will soar again. The middle and lower classes will be most affected. It is the middle class that may decide to vote with their feet and commute; the more their taxes and environmental costs go up, the relatively cheaper a home outside the city becomes. The poor, of course, are trapped and as usual become the prime victims of leftist compassions.
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If he's anything like Obama, he'll replace stop and frisk with drone strikes.
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I'm really really surprised no one has remade those Deathwish films yet......especially since Tarentino is still alive.....
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