[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.