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Ron Radosh

Comrade De Blasio Takes the Helm

January 3rd, 2014 - 12:57 pm
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In the 1940s, the New York City subways and buses were represented — as they still are now — by the Transport Workers Union, whose chief at the time was “Red” Mike Quill. A fiery Communist who left the Party in 1948 but remained firmly on the political Left, Red was famous for his quip: “I’d rather be called a Red by the rats than a rat by the Reds.”

I’m certain that New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, wishes Quill were still alive. He would then have a major ally to work with when the time came for the MTA to negotiate a new union contract with the city. Judging from his inauguration, a parody of a left-wing gala dreamed up at the U.S. desk of the Castro brothers’ Foreign Ministry, de Blasio has taken his big win as a mandate to create social-democracy in one city.

De Blasio has pledged to make his term as mayor the time for implementation of a war against inequality. My colleague Roger L. Simon thinks he and those with him do not believe a word of what they say, that it is all “high comedy” and they “can’t be serious.” I disagree. The rhetoric may be old-fashioned and seem corny, but de Blasio is a certified red diaper baby, he was born and bred in an ideological cocoon of Marxism, and later, by his own word, was inspired by the Sandinistas in Nicaragua and Castro in Cuba.

He chose whom to appoint and who would speak at his inauguration, and if the talk was inflammatory and ideological, it was de Blasio’s intention. He would take the high road and let the words of his apparatchiks and celebrities like Harry Belafonte talk the talk for the true believers who would provide the inspiration. As Slate writer Matt Yglesias quipped on Twitter as he watched the speeches: “Daring of de Blasio to appear on stage with the embalmed corpses of Lenin, Mao, and Ho Chi Minh at his inauguration.”

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The last thing Mike Quill did before dying of a heart attack in 1966 was to set in motion New York's near-bankruptcy of a decade later, by taking John Lindsay to the cleaners in the TWU strike he ordered for the moment Lindsay was sworn into office. That let the rest of the municipal unions know a rube was running the financial candy store and the results were contract wage hikes and bi-annual strikes throughout Lindsay's term (and the MTA wouldn't even be around today except that the mayor feared another round of contract negotiations with them and turned the city's buses and subways over to Nelson Rockefeller in Albany).

De Blasio comes in with weaker, but more supportive unions, so they're not going to kneecap him on Day 1 like Quill did to Lindsay. But even though that was 48 years ago, the wonders of modern media mean the past isn't as hard to recall as it was for previous generations, and certainly the eventual nadir of what Lindsay created -- the David Dinkins years -- is still in the back of the minds of any New Yorker over the age of 30. Lindsay quickly sided with the opponents of the NYPD in trying to create a Civilian Review Board of what would have been community activists to oversee the police force, while the rising crime rates that resulted during his time in office and continued through the early 1990s were brushed off by the left as simply the results of a changing society -- including 'income inequality' and demographics.

They said there was nothing you could do to cut the crime rate back to 1950s levels. You could just manage the quality-of-life declines as best as possible. Giuliani and Bloomberg blew that excuse out of the water and de Blasio knows it, which is why he hired Giuliani's first police commissioner, Bill Bratton, to run the force, because he needs Bratton's credibility. The question will be when push comes to shove and the activists get angry about some incident involving the NYPD, will de Blasio back them or Bratton, if the chief stands up for his cops? If he goes the Lindsay route, that will be a signal to the perps-in-waiting in New York that the risk of getting caught for committing crimes is going to be much lower under the new administration, and the crime rate in the city will then act accordingly.
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"...extreme inequality reflects other extraordinary aspects of New York: the massive global financial markets based here..."

The financial sector is nothing but tranismitted numbers and digital bits There is nothing save cultural inertia and NYC's perceived "cachet" preventing it from moving lock, stock, and barrel out of de Blasio's grasping reach. Given sufficient high speed fiber optic infrastructure, the NYSE could be run in a prefab Butler Building warehouse in Wamsutter, Wyoming.

Corporate tax-friendly Wyoming.

Given the tenor of de Blasio's inauguration (I've said it before -- compare their speeches to the Symbionese Liberation Army's Manifesto and try to spot any differences), I'd strongly suggest the NYSE start ordering the U-Haul rentals and looking into purchasing some Wyoming road maps.
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Winkin', Dinkins and Zod.

The city that never sleeps, we now understand why. Unless with one eye open.

A "liberal" city went full tilt batspit leftist.

Crime, corruption, graft and filth ...the wages of spin.

The small c communists are out of their cages. Game on.
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Culture & Consequences

“For freedom and equality are sworn and everlasting enemies, and when one prevails the other dies.” - Will Durant (1885-1981)

Speeches notwithstanding, de Blasio, the self-admitted Marxist, still must operate within the culture he finds. With the percentage of illegitimate, Negroid births at 80% and the percentage among Hispanics not much less, the consequences of his Marxist-oriented programs will end in the same disaster as those of the erstwhile Soviet Union by reinforcing the very behaviors that are destroying America.

The Founding Fathers built a strong America on the foundation of the now-moribund Protestant Ethic. With its decline came American weakness. Obama, de Blasio, and their ilk are symbols, among others, of that decline and the further weakness to come (www.nationonfire.com).
1 year ago
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The voters wanted an urban version of The Hamptons, one suspects they will get something more akin to Detoit.
1 year ago
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Living in Texas I look forward to a new influx of talented New Yorkers...we have a mature indoctrination program built on our experience with California...
1 year ago
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The trouble is they bring their political leanings with them. We here in NV see that with transplanted Californians, who come here to escape CA's woeful economy only to complain "that's not the way we do it in California!"
1 year ago
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I hope it works... ...just don't pay 10x too much for a house because it is still cheaper than the hut you lived in in NY.
1 year ago
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I agree with Ron's analysis. However, charter schools are not what they seem. They throw out misbehaving or failing kids. Charter schools only allow in kids whose parents read to them and are involved. Teachers are tossed by administrators who have no background in education. So they get to pick good students and kiss ass teachers, most of whom are young, hot females.
As far as unions, I am so tired of being type cast. Most of my brethren in my union hate commies and control freak politicians. We are in our union for two reasons, 1, good pay, which is necessary for us just as it is for guys on Wall Street who trade paper, and 2, because we have to be.
Go to Florida. No unions. State workers, city workers there, poor, ignorant, moonlighting to make ends meet.
Unions are corrupt, just like Wall Street, just like journalism or any other human endeavor. If I wanted a column in PJM, I wouldn't be given one just for asking. It would not matter how well I wrote, my CV, my experience, in order to get a column, I would have to somehow be connected. Maybe the fact that I once ate dinner with Tom Sowell back when I wasn't so busy working my ass off in my union job? I doubt it.
The reason the control freak leftists keep winning is because those of us who hate them and want freedom are not pragmatic. We love to blog and so forth, but most of us will not come out and look for solutions that work.
Crime is down and CFL keep winning elections because they are bribing the do nothing poor and losers to stop committing crime and to vote for them. Why mug someone when your SSI, foodstamps, and welfare add up to a marginal but work free lifestyle, outside of prison? Why would any loser ever vote against their pocket book? They will not.
The way that libertarians and conservatives can and do win is to FIRST get people working, like Reagan did. How can we do that in occupied territory? We cannot.
But if beating up on teachers and unions is the only solution to dealing with maniac mayors, it's a lost cause. The people who vote for these guys are either so rich they can do what they want somewhere else, or so poor that all they care about is their free lunch. Everyone else boogies and leaves the City. It's full of the filthy rich, the parasites and the illegals and those who want anonymity, like the cross dressers. As they say in the NYPD, "It is what it is."
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Progressives and libels have been networking and leveraging themselves into politics and society for decades with little or no success. They didn't stop. Conservatives just assumed that those crazy leftists would always be seen as crazy and did little to counter them or improve the status quo. Leftists saw the conservative inertia and moved in to improve living conditions for the poor and marginalized. They began with forcing slum lords to fix plumbing and heating and ended up with large groups of poor organized to work for political changes. Are you going to vote for someone who was in your neighborhood helping get your grandmother's plumbing repaired or the politician who is too busy eating with friends at his country club? That most of their political changes are superficial and unsustainable is beside the point—they have the momentum. If conservatives don't reach outside their comfort zones and think outside the box (pardon the clichés), it will stay that way.
1 year ago
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"Actually, he is only beholden to the teachers’ union in particular, since only they backed him in the primaries and did the legwork on his behalf."

Some might believe that only the left-wing crackpots that comprise the teachers' union in NYC would back a Communist. But surely the good and God-fearing NEA types in, let's say, Keokuk, Iowa would do no such a thing.

I wouldn't bet on it.
1 year ago
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Well at least I will able to shop for pornography at Times Square once again.
1 year ago
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Yeah, "adult" bookstores and peep shows will make a comeback for all those poor people who can't afford the Internet to gain access to porn.
1 year ago
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Charles Bronson Death Wish movies will make a big comeback. Everything old is new again.
1 year ago
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The last thing Mike Quill did before dying of a heart attack in 1966 was to set in motion New York's near-bankruptcy of a decade later, by taking John Lindsay to the cleaners in the TWU strike he ordered for the moment Lindsay was sworn into office. That let the rest of the municipal unions know a rube was running the financial candy store and the results were contract wage hikes and bi-annual strikes throughout Lindsay's term (and the MTA wouldn't even be around today except that the mayor feared another round of contract negotiations with them and turned the city's buses and subways over to Nelson Rockefeller in Albany).

De Blasio comes in with weaker, but more supportive unions, so they're not going to kneecap him on Day 1 like Quill did to Lindsay. But even though that was 48 years ago, the wonders of modern media mean the past isn't as hard to recall as it was for previous generations, and certainly the eventual nadir of what Lindsay created -- the David Dinkins years -- is still in the back of the minds of any New Yorker over the age of 30. Lindsay quickly sided with the opponents of the NYPD in trying to create a Civilian Review Board of what would have been community activists to oversee the police force, while the rising crime rates that resulted during his time in office and continued through the early 1990s were brushed off by the left as simply the results of a changing society -- including 'income inequality' and demographics.

They said there was nothing you could do to cut the crime rate back to 1950s levels. You could just manage the quality-of-life declines as best as possible. Giuliani and Bloomberg blew that excuse out of the water and de Blasio knows it, which is why he hired Giuliani's first police commissioner, Bill Bratton, to run the force, because he needs Bratton's credibility. The question will be when push comes to shove and the activists get angry about some incident involving the NYPD, will de Blasio back them or Bratton, if the chief stands up for his cops? If he goes the Lindsay route, that will be a signal to the perps-in-waiting in New York that the risk of getting caught for committing crimes is going to be much lower under the new administration, and the crime rate in the city will then act accordingly.
1 year ago
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....anybody remember this?

"
Memorable headlines: Ford to city: Drop dead
Posted on April 6, 2009 by andybechtel

ford-dropdeadCopy editors at newspapers spend a great deal of time and energy on writing headlines.

THE HEADLINE: Ford to city: Drop dead

THE NEWSPAPER: (New York) Daily News

THE STORY: In 1975, President Gerald Ford denied a request from New York City for a bailout. The city was struggling financially at the time and sought federal help."

...end paste from Captain Google.
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Income equality will come, except for the high wage union workers and a low wage everyone else.
Some animals are more equal than others.
Come back, Nannie ninnie Bloomberg!

How long before some wit puts up a Miss Me Yet billboard with Bloomberg's pic?
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