Bill de Blasio has made a profession of sticking his paw in New Yorkers’ pockets. Now he’s planning one other nationwide tour, and he’s digging deeper than ever.
Love him or hate him, it’s important to admit that Kaiser Wilhelm is the luckiest sonfabeech in American politics. Hectoring “millionaires” all the best way, he parlayed a seat on New York’s do-nothing City Council right into a time period as the town’s pointless public advocate, which he then rode into Gracie Mansion — arriving simply when federal financial coverage was giving Gotham a money tub to finish all money baths.
Bill got here, he noticed, he grabbed each greenback on the desk. And now he needs extra.
“Here’s the truth, brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city,” he droned at Symphony Space Thursday morning, delivering his annual State of the City message. “It’s just in the wrong hands!”
And there you go — the politics of class warfare, tucked right into a single de Blasio gem: “It’s in the wrong hands” — what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine, too!
Now, Mayor Robin Hood is not unsuitable in regards to the plenty-of-money bit, of course. A fast scan of the town’s pulsating skyline — not simply in Manhattan, however in Queens and Brooklyn, too — confirms that. Billions have been invested — are being invested.
And all the opposite indicators inform the identical story — employment up; unemployment down; funding at document ranges and metropolis and state tax revenues outrunning even probably the most optimistic estimates.
Spending, too. Schools are comparatively flush; metropolis unions are joyful as clams; social outlays are off the charts — Kaiser Wilhelm has cramps from writing checks!
So what’s a dedicated class warrior to do when the cash is rolling in even sooner than a spendthrift akin to himself can spend it — that is, when the occasions are so flush hardly anyone hates millionaires anymore?
That is, when jealousy now not strikes the plenty (nonetheless briefly)? Why, juice the rhetoric, that’s what.
That is, invent new crises for Mayor Robin Hood to handle, discover new causes for him to choose private-sector pockets.
Certainly de Blasio is as much as that problem: In simply the previous week, he’s pledged $100 million to offer well being care to 600,000 individuals who have already got it (by the state Medicaid program). And he’s proposing what quantities to an enormous new tax enhance — obligatory paid trip for private-sector workers, laid proper on prime of sharp will increase within the minimal wage.
Hey, anyone who’s against medical insurance and free holidays should be a 1-percenter, proper. And there’s “plenty of money in this city,” in any case.
Which, once more, there is. But whereas it’s not de Blasio’s cash to steal, thus far there’s been sufficient of it for the town to outlive his goofy progressive-proselytization efforts — certainly, to prosper in spite of him. How that should sting.
Time to show up the quantity and take the present on the street.