FDR had breadlines for as long as the eye could see. Bill de Blasio has…
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) January 26, 2015
And of course, as with FDR and the Depression, de Blasio and Cuomo are doing everything they can to make a bad situation worse, because, power:
The amazing thing is that there have been NYC subways for more than 100 yrs and only lately have govs decided to stop them running in storms — John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 26, 2015
It is a misdemeanor to drive a car in New York state after 11 pm, says Andrew Cuomo. Because he writes law now. — John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 26, 2015
If you don’t understand that these guys LOVE shutting down roads and trains and things because it demonstrates their power, you should now. — John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) January 26, 2015
A few years ago when New York was pounded by many inches of global warming despite the Times predicting in 2000 that snowfalls would be a thing of the past, Victor Davis Hanson warned of “The Bloomberg Syndrome:”
It is a human trait to focus on cheap and lofty rhetoric rather than costly, earthy reality. It is a bureaucratic characteristic to rail against the trifling misdemeanor rather than address the often-dangerous felony. And it is political habit to mask one’s own failures by lecturing others on their supposed shortcomings. Ambitious elected officials often manage to do all three.
The result in these hard times is that our elected sheriffs, mayors, and governors are loudly weighing in on national and global challenges that are quite often out of their own jurisdiction, while ignoring or failing to solve the very problems that they were elected to address.
Quite simply, the next time your elected local or state official holds a press conference about global warming, the Middle East, or the national political climate, expect to experience poor county law enforcement, bad municipal services, or regional insolvency.
The names of the players have changed — and going from Bloomberg to de Blasio, the players themselves have gotten worse. But the political disease lingers on.
Update: One Twitter user squares the circle:
Curious to know how many Global Warming alarmists are mauling each other right now trying to get into @WholeFoods NYC before the snowstorm.
— Dustin Matocha (@DustinMatocha) January 26, 2015