With three years left on the job, Mayor Bill de Blasio is desperately centered on interesting to . . . out-of-towners. On Thursday, he even hijacked his personal annual State of the City Address to pad his progressive résumé.
At occasions, his efforts to spice up his leftist cred with a nationwide viewers left him sounding like a Marxist revolutionary. It might have conned the Bernie Bros, however he provided little new for New Yorkers.
“Working people have done their share” and grow to be extra productive, he huffed. Yet they’ve gotten “a smaller share of the wealth” they create. He instructed listeners they hadn’t been paid what they deserve and that prosperity must be “shared.”
Indeed: “Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world . . . It’s just in the wrong hands.” Huh — marvel who must be in cost of redistributing it?
He even vowed to grab buildings from “bad landlords.” (Does that embrace city-housing flats he oversees?)
De Blasio additionally provided a misleading-at-best listing of “accomplishments.” His “plan to bring brand-new everything” to city-housing residents, for instance, hasn’t but been OK’d or absolutely funded. He bragged he’d gotten 2,000 homeless off the streets, but any native is aware of they nonetheless riddle the metropolis’s public locations and homelessness has hit report highs.
Plus, his “new” progressive initiatives provide little that’s really contemporary:
- His “universal retirement” plan was similar to one he (and others) have proposed earlier than, and it received’t let anybody save a dime greater than they might on their very own.
- His name to power companies to supply two weeks a yr of paid trip depart is a rip-off of a invoice City Councilman Jumaane Williams has pushed for years. (Moreover, most employers who can afford to supply such a perk already do. Even as he proposes taxing empty storefronts, is he trying to power extra small companies to shut?)
- His plan to supply well being care to anybody, regardless of immigration standing or skill to pay, echoes legal guidelines already requiring that.
Given de Blasio’s radical rhetoric, New Yorkers will be glad his agenda is so hole. Alas, there’s actual work to be executed — in the faculties and on the streets, for starters.
With their mayor completely centered on advertising and marketing himself to individuals who don’t know the metropolis, the individuals of New York are in for a really lengthy three years.