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Place your bets: NYC's new mayor

Discussion in 'Society and Culture' started by Andy, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. Andy


    How long until the new mayor elected on a platform of " I will stop police from preventing crime" , "you have 2 apples and rich people have 10 apples therefore to be 'fair' they must give you 6" drives NYC down the path that will make even Dinkins look like a Conservative?

    Wish I had stock in moving vans around the tri state area right about now.
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Dinkins 2.0 So happy I am in NJ now.
  3. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    No kidding. You make any cash at all in NYC, it's going to be taken from you. deBlasio's a pencil neck, and I can't believe the city elected someone who could make me miss Emperor Bloomberg.
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    The staggering stat for me is that those who make 140K+ voted for him at 66% mark. The people deserve the government they elect.
  5. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    Even my uws uncle is scared of the future.
  6. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    I just read that "the city's wealthy" cover 43% of all taxes taken in NYC. Wow, the minority is supporting the majority already, why defrost a 20th Century Sandanista lover? How much farther can they take it?
  7. Biker

    Biker Administrator Staff Member

    Sounds like a challenge to me. Time to flee the city me thinks. :lolaway-5:
  8. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    When I moved to NJ from NYC in January of this year, there were not many surprises. But there was one, one that I didn't expect the magnitude of. Taxes.

    Or rather lack of being choked to death with them.

    See, NYC, striving to be the most taxed to death city in the world had a tax on everything. If possible, they would tax the air and I think they do and just sub it as something else.

    I knew there would be differences, I just didn't think they would add up substantially. Gas is almost 1 dollar PER GALLON cheaper. Food tax is cheaper, material tax is cheaper, living here is cheaper and we are not inundated with City Surcharge Tax here and everywhere.

    What am I getting at?

    This new Mayor of NYC has more taxes on the agenda and please don't be fooled about him taxing the rich -- Bloomie promised that too in the beginning and mid 2nd term, nah, all that means is taxing the shit out of the Middle Class. The rich will find loopholes, ship and hide their money. The poor are too busy leeching off the Middle Class, and the Middle Class, is fucked once again.

    As I've said earlier in the week on Twitter, if Middle Class had a face in NYC, I'd love to see it 2 and 3 years in NYC.
  9. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    That's one more reason why more and more finance/IT jobs move to Jersey City/Hoboken.
  10. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Welp, in a selfish way, I hope this is the new norm and IB gets out of NYC completely.
  11. Sierra Mike

    Sierra Mike The Dude Abides Staff Member

    You know, it's really a crying shame.

    There's a particular greatness to NYC that's pretty much unmatched elsewhere--it's not the most beautiful city in the world, it's not the biggest, it's not the safest, but it sure is the most exciting. And all the taxes just scrape off that luster and leave it lying to rust in the gutter, while a new wave of illegal immigrants--the folks who live under the radar, don't pay taxes, and drive up costs with their uninsured, illegal ways--come in, take over all the low-level jobs the rich can't hire anyone else to do, and away it goes. The Big Apple rots from the core.
  12. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Good to see the new mayor is tackling the really important issues first.

  13. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Could someone please tell me what an "electric, vintage-replica tourist-friendly vehicle" looks like? Is that a fancy name for a golf cart running on batteries? How unromantic!
  14. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    So inauguration happened and it was as everyone expected it to be. A Liberal bash fest on the fiscal policies of Bloomberg. So while the special speechmakers that were invited ran through the list of the "Tale of Two Cities" -- clearly ignorant and just down right stupid not knowing Dickens tale -- Bloomberg looked like below:


    First up! Harry Bellafonte, the racist whom called Condi Rice and Colin Powell (now admitted Socialist) "House Slaves".

    "He would no longer let this city linger in the shadows as a parallel story to Charles Dickinson's 'A Tale of Two Cities,'" Mr. Belafonte said of Mr. de Blasio.

    Mr. Bloomberg left quickly after the ceremony and through an aide declined to answer questions about his day.

    Mr. Belafonte's remarks and other critical comments from inauguration speakers were a sharp departure from the mood Monday night, when Mr. Bloomberg hosted a small dinner party at Gracie Mansion.

    Attendees included Dennis Walcott, his most recent schools chancellor; Howard Wolfson, a deputy mayor; Mitchell Moss, a longtime informal adviser;Bill Cunningham, his former communications director; Patricia Harris, his first deputy mayor; and Kevin Sheekey, a former deputy mayor.

    While dining on steak, the mayor and his guests reminisced about the past 12 years, especially Mr. Bloomberg's first campaign in 2001, according to a person who attended. The mayor thanked his guests for their service to the city and said he wants Mr. de Blasio to do well.

    After taking the oath of office, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke of the "quiet crisis" of income inequality in his inauguration address. Photo: Getty Images

    "Mike wants the de Blasio administration to succeed—what better legacy could there be than have him build on the accomplishments of the past 12 years," said Vincent La Padula, a former top Bloomberg aide and current senior executive at JP Morgan Chase, who attended. "He's going to live and work here and his grandchildren will grow up in the capital of the world."

    -- Paywall article as in NOT for the poor. :p

    Then we have Letitia James, a new Public Advocate, standing there, with the little homeless girl that I've described and NYT whored her to death and now every Liberal using her as a bright example of how the poor homeless are (no matter how they got there).


    "We live in a gilded age of inequality where decrepit homeless shelters and housing developments stand in the neglected shadow of gleaming multimillion-dollar condos," she said....
    "If working people aren't getting their fair share, if our government isn't securing the reforms New Yorkers were promised, you better believe Dasani and I will stand up—that all of us will stand up—and call out anyone and anything that stands in the way of our progress," she said.

    -- Paywalled Article -- again, not for the poor poor.

    Now, fortunately, there's the other side and we have proof that Bloomberg threw so much at the homeless he became criticized for the waste of throwing away money at the problem.

    "I don't think there's any administration, any city that has ever done as much to help those in need as we have done in this city," he [Bloomberg] said when answering a reporter's question after the dedication of an ice skating rink in Brooklyn. "Should we stop there? No. Not at all. But if you're poor and homeless, you'd be better off in New York City than any place else."

    In response, Bloomberg noted that the city's homeless rate was far less than other major United States cities including Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. He was sympathetic to the girl depicted in the series, calling her life story "really quite extraordinary," but noted that the average homeless family spends less than two years in shelters.

    Referring to that little girl in the 2nd picture:

    "Her family situation is extremely atypical. The article implied that all people are treated this way, or all have the same problems and that just is not true," he said. "This kid was dealt a bad hand. I don't know quite why. That's just the way God works. Sometimes some of us are lucky and some of us are not."
    He was too nice not to mention the druggie mommy and the absent daddy which is NOT atypical in that culture.

    Paywalled article -- NOT FOR THE POOOH!

    But the best response was weeks before inauguration, done by Mr. Wolfson and Ms. Gibbs who are deputy mayors of New York City.

    In November 2011, a domestic violence survivor named Joyce B. took her four children and left an abusive partner. Unemployed and now homeless, she turned to New York City for help. The city provided her with shelter, benefits that helped her get back on her feet, job training and placement services that led to her employment as a home health-care aide. This month, with savings from her job, she signed a lease and is moving to her own apartment with her children.

    Joyce is one 335,000 formerly homeless New Yorkers who have made the transition to permanent housing during the last 12 years. Each one is a powerful success story of overcoming obstacles.

    Last week, the New York Times told readers a different story in a poignant five-part series, titled "Invisible Child," about a 12-year-old homeless girl named Dasani and her struggles to beat the crushing odds against her and her family in Brooklyn. The ambition of this story, and the extraordinary weight the newspaper put behind it, wasn't just to depict the plight of a single little girl. It was also a misleading commentary on the tenure of MayorMichael Bloomberg.

    The mayor—for whom we work—is caricatured in the story as a billionaire unconcerned with the struggles of the poor, making decisions "behind a curtain." Under Mr. Bloomberg, the "city has reordered itself around the whims of the wealthy," the reporter writes. "Avant-garde projects like the High Line" are the "crown jewels of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's long reign." It's a narrative that echoes the attacks on the mayor during the recent mayoral campaign. It is a serious distortion of reality.

    No city in the country has devoted more energy and resources to combating homelessness and poverty than New York City. No mayor has been more personally committed and invested in this fight than Mr. Bloomberg, who in addition to dramatically increasing city spending on antipoverty efforts, has donated more than $320 million of his own money to helping those New Yorkers most at risk of getting trapped in poverty.

    Mr. Bloomberg's last budget allocated $9.2 billion for services for the poor and the homeless—83% more than when he took office, and billions more than any other city in America. That number includes $981 million for services for the homeless, almost double the amount the city spent the year before he took office in 2002.

    During Mr. Bloomberg's tenure, 175,000 units of affordable housing have been built or renovated. Welfare rolls have fallen by 25%, as more than 900,000 New Yorkers have moved from welfare to work. And while the nation's poverty rate has grown by 28% over the last 12 years, New York City's has remained flat.

    Since 2005, street homelessness is down 28% in New York City, in part because Mr. Bloomberg's administration began to count the number. Previously, the city had no way to know the number of adults spending their nights outside or where they were, making it extremely challenging to provide them help.

    But we don't care about facts, we only care about pulling the heart strings, by projecting racism everywhere and using children to make our point.

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  15. Copzilla

    Copzilla dangerous animal Staff Member

    So Bloomberg, despite being quite a liberal himself, has got to be feeling like he just got a communist manifesto rammed up his ass.
  16. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

  17. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Is that Dinkins in the bottom photo?
  18. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Yep, Dinkins who recently published a book and blamed racism on why he lost to Rudy. Racism.
  19. Allene

    Allene Registered User

    Want to bet that Mr. Belafonte has never read Dickens?
  20. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Sucker's bet.

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