The exodus from the City may take longer than some of us hoped

Bring back the good old days

Bring back the good old days

Christopher Bedford: de Blasio isn’t going to destroy New York (for a while)

[M] any on the right have predicted a public failure for the Big Apple’s social experiment. Some even sound a little excited at the prospect. What better drama to prove conservatives right than a shining city on an island brought low by liberalism unconstrained?

But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and Detroit wasn’t destroyed in one either.

Perched atop the commanding heights of one of the richest cities in the world, Mr. de Blasio has a lot — a lot — of other people’s money, meaning the worst consequences of his policies won’t be felt for years.

By spending years rebuilding damaged communities as well as cracking down on trash, criminals, graffiti, pimps, prostitutes and grime, Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg not only helped their city to flourish, they banished the culture of acceptance that held it down.

In 1993, the year before Mr. Giuliani took office, there were 1,960 homicides in New York City — among the highest levels in the country. In 2013, as Mr. Bloomberg left office, the number was 333 — one of the lowest rates in the country. …

It’s a combination of this short memory and the common human failure to appreciate the hard work of others that allows men like Mr. de Blasio to win in the first place. After years of growth in wages and living standards under sound economic governance, the Bill de Blasios of the world find an ear when they call to rob the men and women who drive the growth and hand the loot out to their constituents.

But as mentioned, it’s a sizable haul, and the conservatives predicting imminent anarchy will find themselves more disappointed than the progressives predicting the end of inequality.

… [I] t took Messrs. Giuliani and Bloomberg [years]  to fix the mess that Mr. de Blasio’s predecessors had made, and it will take a few more for the new mayor’s worst policies to be felt.

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8 responses to “The exodus from the City may take longer than some of us hoped

  1. Walt

    Dude –
    I am not so sure I agree with you on this one, Sparky. Barry has shown you can ignore the law, and do what you want pretty quickly. How did Bill DeBlassio, a self-avowed commie, swear an oath to uphold the Constitution? It’s a document he rejects out of hand. So much for integrity.

    He has already announced he will use BILLIONS of NYC retirement money to fund low income housing. So much for fiduciary responsibility. Liberals love to spend other peoples money. PISS IT ALL AWAY!!

    The Union contracts are all up, and they will get retroactive pay raises. He will stop “stop and frisk”. He will tax the successful so they will all leave. We are in a race to catch Detroit. And he was supported by 74%. And he married a lesbian.

    At least he did one thing right.
    Your Pal,
    Walt

  2. AJ

    It may take less time than you think: remember Abe Beame?

  3. CatoRenasci

    I’m guessing it will not take more than two years before the downward spiral is obvious to everyone, even the New York Times. There are something like 28,000 taxpayers who pay the bulk to the taxes. If even 25% of them leave – that is move their legal residence and only come to Manhattan for the day and/or stay less than 6 months, the revenue hit will be huge. If only 10% of the major financial institutions leave the city, it will be very noticeable.

    Feets, get those Jimmy Choo’s walking to Greenwich….

  4. Anonymous Citizenette

    And I don’t give Bratton a year before he & DiBlasio have a falling out and he quits.

  5. AJ

    The difference between Obama and de Blasio is that the Feds can print money; NYC can’t.

    • Libertarian Advocate

      Yeah, but for the next three years, Obama can underwrite De Blasio’s social experiment, and then – to be politically correct here – Mr. Fan, let me introduce you to Mr. Shit.

  6. towny

    Great news

    Maybe De Blasio will re-energize the northern migration