This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Thursday, January 2nd, 2014:
Progressive mouthpieces like ABC News and the New York Times could hardly contain their glee over the election of one of their own to the mayor’s office: Bill de Blasio. ABC News hailed de Blasio “as the face of a progressive movement that pledges a significant realignment of the nation’s largest city … that is poised to enact sweeping changes to the city …”, while the Times delighted to note that “Liberals across the country are looking to Bill de Blasio … to morph New York City’s municipal machinery into a … laboratory for populist theories of government that have never been enacted on such a large scale.”
The Progressive-in-chief himself said the same thing when he endorsed de Blasio back in September:
Progressive change is the centerpiece of Bill de Blasio’s vision for New York City, and it’s why he will be a great mayor of America’s largest city.
Bill’s agenda for New York is marked by good, courageous ideas that address the great challenges of our time.
Hollywood liberals turned out in droves in support of de Blasio: Alec Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Sarah Jessica Parker, Susan Sarandon, Kathleen Turner. De Blasio had assistance from such worthies as Al Sharpton and the head of the old ACORN (now known as New York Communities for Change – NYCC), Bertha Lewis, who has made the election of de Blasio her key goal for years.
One can trace de Blasio’s communist roots back to his support in the late 1980s of the Marxist Sandinistas, working closely with the communist front, the Quixote Center, responsible for providing some $100 million to them in the process. Never wavering, de Blasio, as head of New York City’s welfare department, passed the Gender-Based Discrimination Protection act and the Domestic Partnership Recognition Law. As mayor, he has a much bigger vision. He will work to shut down charter schools: “I won’t favor charters. Our central focus is traditional public schools.”
He wants to provide mandatory pre-Kindergarten schooling in line with progressive ideology as spelled out by the Communist Party Education Workers Congress:
We must create out of the younger generation a generation of Communists. We must turn children, who can be shaped like wax, into real, good Communists….
We must remove the children from the crude influence of their families. We must take them over and, to speak frankly, nationalize them.
From the first days of their lives they will be under the healthy influence of Communist children’s nurseries and schools. There they will grow up to be real Communists.
This will take money. Lots of money. And who has the money? The wealthy. De Blasio never faltered in his agenda, stating emphatically and repeatedly that anyone making more than half a million a year was his target. He even had the chutzpah to address a gathering of them, including dozens of major New York City real estate moguls back in September, and told them:
Everything you’ve heard about me is true…. I am not a free marketer…. I believe in the heavy hand of government.
What can New Yorkers expect as rats in de Blasio’s grand progressive lab? Once he has the money extorted from the half-millionaires, he’ll provide mandatory schooling to babes just weaned, along with after-school programs for middle school youngsters. He’ll stop providing free rent to charter schools and instead make them start paying, which will terminate most of them. He’ll listen to Bertha, who wants city funding for more low income housing. And he’ll toss the current welfare system in favor of direct cash payments for anyone asking for them. Heather MacDonald said it well in the New York Post (one of those less-enamored over de Blasio’s coming lab experiment):
The central idea of [original] welfare reform was that recipients should work or look for work in exchange for benefits. This principle exploded [progress] welfare ideology, which held that it was demeaning to require work.
Welfare rolls, which have dropped under such “demeaning” requirements to about 350,000, may be expected to explode upward once those rules have been eliminated. De Blasio thinks those on SNAP – now one in five in the city – is about 250,000 too low. After all, says de Blasio in his mayoral “blueprint”: “Providing basic income and food security to all New Yorkers [is] a key responsibility of government.”
In simple terms, de Blasio wants to turn New York City into Detroit. In a useful summary of Detroit’s problems, Scott Beyer noted that
A closer look suggests that Detroit’s problems … were self-inflicted by a half-century of government excess….
Happily, de Blasio is only the mayor and not the czar, much as he would like to be. He can’t raise income taxes without help from the governor and legislators in Albany. As Howard Dean, one of de Blasio’s cheerleaders and former governor of Vermont, noted:
Do I expect him to keep every one of his promises? Absolutely not.
This is the truth of mayors and governors: until you sit in the chair you don’t really know.
He’s going to find out that he can’t keep all of his promises….
But he will be able to inflict considerable damage nevertheless. After all, his goal is clear: Detroit.
The New York Times: De Blasio Draws All Liberal Eyes to New York City
The New York Post: De Blasio vs. the market
The New York Times: source of de Blasio’s quote following his election
The New York Post: De Blasio’s welfare agenda
Communist Party Education Workers Congress: their quote on public schools
The New York Post: ACORN chief gets back in the game
The New York Post: ACORN sowed seeds for de Blasio