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De Blasio’s War on Carriages

January 2nd, 2014 - 7:49 am

The most pressing issue facing newly-sworn in New York Mayor Bill De Blasio? Horse-drawn carriages:

New York’s new Mayor, Bill de Blasio, wants to remove horse-drawn carriages from the city. In a news conference held before he took office, de Blasio said that he planned to “get rid of the horse carriages, period,” calling them “inhumane” and “not appropriate for the year 2014.” A petition signed by more than 4,500 people called for the horses to be replaced by electric replicas of vintage cars, something de Blasio called “a cleaner, safer, wiser, more humane alternative that will be very appealing to tourists.”

There’s nothing more romantic than touring Central Park on a winter’s evening in the back seat of a replica car to the timeless clip-clopping of a lithium-ion battery.

But in the New York Times, Andrew Rosenthal looks behind the Mayor’s claims:

Let’s not forget that tourists love the carriages and that locals make a living off them. And it’s worth noting that one of the big driving forces hiding behind the anti-cruelty front of the anti-carriage campaign are real estate developers. Is it possible they want to turn the stables in prime Manhattan locations into far more lucrative condos?

New York City is in for some fun times.

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Communists are always LOTS of fun... from a LONG distance off.
15 weeks ago
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Maybe they can replace the horsedrawn carriages with people carrying sedans, sort of like Marie Antoinette? You could get 4 big guys, union of course, and have them carry tourists around Central Park. I'm sure tourists would be willing to pay hundreds per hour to be schlepped around Central Park by some underemployed longshoreman.
With union scale, income equalizing, overtime, featherbedding contracts, shop stewarts, skimming, kickbacks, bribery, overtime, etc, you just know that the Demos would feel right at home.
15 weeks ago
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"Is it possible they want to turn the stables in prime Manhattan locations into far more lucrative condos?"

Of course they do. That is these liberal hypocrites MO. This is how Valerie Jarret made her dough. I'm sure if one looked over all the players in this imbeciles campaign there's at least one if not many developers.
15 weeks ago
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The era of the super-atomic killjoy has come to New Yorkers.


Electric buggies, what a hoot. Perhaps they can be automated, and have a robot to banter with the passengers. Think 'Johnny Cab' in the old total recall movie. How romantic.
15 weeks ago
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Also, these are exactly the kind of petitions that wrecked California.

And De Blasio is listening to a petition signed by 4,500 people? I don't think he understands what governing is. The next 4 years are going to be fun, in a bad way.
15 weeks ago
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De Blasio is already showing his true colors as a statist who wants to control society, "for the greater good." At least he's honest.

Also, I'm LOLing at the "better, safer methods for the 21st Century" when talking about horse-drawn carriages. As a historian, I'd ask him a very simple question "So, ipso facto, you're saying that our ancestors were stupid? For thousands of years, until you and your enlightened brethren came around?"

I wait his answer :D
15 weeks ago
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Communism: The gift that keeps on taking.
15 weeks ago
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May be time for a name change for the City?

New Cuba?
15 weeks ago
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It's just continuity in governance of NYC: DeBlasios is just continuing the tradition set by Bloomberg in banning things that people like because of a small minority of puritans.

I guess they are ok with all the horses going to the slaughterhouses. Or are they assuming good samaritans (or the city) will pay to have them sent to some farm for the rest of their lives?
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