Politics

DeBlasio rhetoric sounds good … of course

2014

Bill DeBlasio won the race for New York City mayor largely based on the same old progressive inequality rhetoric we here so often from Washington these days. It appears promising anything that sounds like you are taking from the evil rich sells to uninformed voters who are incapable of deeper thought about the promises. In other words, divide and conquer … the masses. The value of scapegoats should never be underestimated. In America today that means targeting anyone who has accomplished more in life than you, regardless of how. Success is out, victimization is in.

If you look at the numbers below you find that the promised new taxes to be used for all-day pre-kindergarten and after-school programs for teens which in turn are supposed to reduce inequality, come to $26,562,900. Given there are 540,878 children under age 5 in NYC (last census), that equals $49.11 per child and that doesn’t even include the children eligible for the after-school programs proposed. Are my numbers accurate; who knows? Play with them as you will. Assume only half the eligible children use the program and you still get less than $100 per child with no money left for the after-school program. Promises, promises.

Do you think the voters who see themselves as victims of the 1 percent took time to do the math? Besides, at best there are conflicting studies regarding whether there are any lasting positive effects of early education programs, but hey; it all sounds very appealing nevertheless so why muddy the waters with facts and reality?

And by the way, the new mayor must also find the money and ways to deal with union contracts and billions upon billions of dollars of unfunded pension and retiree health care liabilities, a legacy of liberal promises to “working” New Yorkers to be paid for by the rest of working New Yorkers. As any good Democratic politician would do, DeBlasio spent twenty minutes endlessly praising the sanitation workers for clearing snow on January 3rd; somebody is in a good negotiating position.

The appeal of the progressive agenda is undeniable, the simplicity of thought, the easy scapegoat targets, the playing to “victims” all come together to create the illusion that voters can have it all without effort or cost … except to someone else who somehow rose above the crowd to achieve success with ease and minimal work and risk.

Sad, very sad indeed.

De Blasio’s task, as he describes it, will be to focus on improving the lives of the 46 percent of New Yorkers with incomes at or below 150 percent of the city’s poverty level, or $46,000 for a four-person household in 2011. He seeks more income distribution in a city where the richest 1 percent took home 39 percent of all earnings in 2012, up from 12 percent in 1980, according to the Fiscal Policy Institute, a New York-based research group.

In a City Council with 48 Democrats among its 51 members, the overwhelming majority has expressed support for de Blasio’s agenda, including a resolution asking the state legislature to enact the tax increase. De Blasio defeated Republican Joseph Lhota in the mayoral race by 49 percentage points, the widest victory margin by a non-incumbent in city history.

Under de Blasio’s plan, the tax rate on incomes above $500,000 would rise to 4.4 percent from almost 3.9 percent. For the 27,300 city taxpayers earning $500,000 to $1 million, the average increase would be $973 a year, according to the Independent Budget Office, a municipal agency. – Bloomberg.com 12-31-13

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  1. Excellent and well put! Concerned? Yes I am as I work for the city of New York and will no doubt be impacted by his policy decisions….lets not forget he is going after the” waste and abuse.”…one of his campaign promises….but I already detect one flip flop….in appointing Bratton as police commissioner (early advocate of” stop and frisk”)….but the campaign rhetoric was to play to the wishes of the social and economically deprived…….and so it’s get rid of stop and frisk!
    Progressive pandering is and has been a key component of Democratic leadership but I must say Republicans are not far behind. A case in point was the recent declaration of a state of emergency in New York (perhaps more justified given the blizzard like conditions on Long Island)….but in the Democratic controlled legislature of New Jersey?Really?…a good portion of the state did not even get 6 inches of snow….oh…but it was very cold….historically declaring a state of emergency (certainly justified with Sandy)….meant snow and lots of it with blizzard like conditions…..remember the blizzard of 95-96 winter….upwards of 24 inches of snow. Yea…that certainly warranted a “state of emergency”. Either way….hats of to state employees who got the day off( with pay).

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  2. Jack it is never too late to address problems/ issues. We need a “no nonsense” guy like Chris Christie to take on the unions and special interests and make some hard decisions to get our house in better order.

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    • John..I agree with your assessment of Chris Christie in NJ but remember, he is the State’s chief executive and only one man. You would need to change quite a few others in the State legislature also to get where you want to go. NJ didn’t get to be” numero uno” in property tax overnight and I think it will take quite a while to change that trend even with the best of conditions.

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