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De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« on: January 01, 2014, 08:32:14 PM »
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/02/nyregion/bill-de-blasio-inauguration.html?_r=1&&pagewanted=print

January 1, 2014
De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
By THOMAS KAPLAN



Claiming his place as the 109th mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio delivered an inaugural address on Wednesday that focused on the issue of inequality, promising that the attention he gave to the subject when he was running for office was not merely campaign rhetoric.

Outside City Hall, in front of an audience that included members of his family, luminaries like Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton and hundreds of ordinary New Yorkers, Mayor de Blasio spoke of the city’s history of embracing liberal causes, and he laid out a mayoralty that emphasized social and economic justice.

“We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love,” he said. “And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York. And that same progressive impulse has written our city’s history. It’s in our DNA.”

He called on “millions of everyday New Yorkers, in every corner of our city,” for their help.

“Our work begins now,” Mr. de Blasio told the audience, saying he would push for the development of affordable housing, the preservation of local hospitals and the expansion of prekindergarten. For several causes, he punctuated his call for action with the words: “We won’t wait.”

Mr. de Blasio, 52, was formally sworn in shortly after midnight in a brief ceremony in front of his family’s rowhouse in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Shortly after 1 p.m., he was ceremonially sworn in by former President Clinton, in whose administration he had served as a regional official in the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mr. de Blasio was sworn in using a Bible once owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He spoke for about 20 minutes, during a ceremony that began with hip-hop music and ended with an invitation for New Yorkers to meet the new mayor.

A Democrat, Mr. de Blasio begins his term as an emblem of resurgent liberalism, offering hope to progressive activists and officeholders across the country — but also as an untested chief executive whose management of the city will be closely scrutinized.

Previously the city’s public advocate and before that a city councilman, Mr. de Blasio rose out of obscurity in a crowded Democratic primary field as he shaped his campaign around the “tale of two cities” — a succinct summation of the rising income inequality he vowed he would urgently address as the next mayor.

“We will make this one city,” Mr. de Blasio said in his inaugural address. “And that mission — our march toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place, our march to keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation — it begins today.”

The mayor also spoke of his proposal to expand prekindergarten and after-school programs by increasing taxes on high-earning New Yorkers.

“We do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success,” he said. “We do it to create more success stories.”

Mr. de Blasio won a landslide victory on Nov. 5 over the Republican candidate, Joseph J. Lhota, seizing on an anxiety among voters that the city was increasingly becoming a gilded enclave for the rich, and vowing a sharp turn from the administration of his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg, who had served for 12 years.

The new mayor appeared at City Hall on Wednesday with his wife, Chirlane McCray; his 19-year-old daughter, Chiara; and his 16-year-old son, Dante.

Mr. de Blasio’s successor as public advocate, Letitia James, who had been a city councilwoman, was also inaugurated on Wednesday, as was the new city comptroller, Scott M. Stringer, who had been the Manhattan borough president.

Children played an unexpectedly prominent role in the swearings-in of both Ms. James and Mr. Stringer.

Dasani Coates, the 12-year-old girl at the center of a recent New York Times series about the plight of the 22,000 homeless children in New York City, was called upon by Ms. James to hold the Bible while she was being sworn in.

In the series, Dasani and her family — her parents and seven siblings — were living in a decrepit room in a homeless shelter in Brooklyn.

On Wednesday, Dasani looked happy but slightly nervous, chewing gum as she solemnly watched Ms. James take the oath of office.

Afterward, Ms. James held Dasani’s hand during her speech, and referred to her as her “new BFF.”

Earlier, as Mr. Stringer raised his left hand (not his right) to be sworn in, his young son Max, whom his wife, Elyse Buxbaum, was holding, squirmed and seemed to register a few audible objections.

But Mr. Stringer managed to get through his oath. Afterward, he joked of Max, “He’s not quite ready for a television commercial yet, but we’re working on it.”

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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2014, 09:03:13 PM »
This will be painfully amusing to watch.


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« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2014, 09:18:08 PM »
This will be painfully amusing to watch.

Yes.   New Jersey will become the bedroom community of New York City.  High-earning New York residents already pay 62% of their income in taxes and this sonofabitch wants more.

If they give it to him, they're fools.
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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2014, 09:30:52 PM »
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Mr. de Blasio was sworn in using a Bible once owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


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Historic Bible goes missing after de Blasio swearing in


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The FDR bible used by Mayor Bill de Blasio for his swearing in vanished after the New Year’s Day ceremony, sparking a panicked, hours-long search for the historic tome.

“They had the whole detail looking through blankets,’’ a police source said of the scramble by at least 50 NYPD detectives and city officials to find the Bible, which was given to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as a gift at his first inauguration in March 1933.

Former President Bill Clinton performed the ceremony Wednesday as de Blasio laid his hand on the bible.

But around 2:30 pm, the bible was nowhere to be found, a source said, sparking a massive book-hunt at City Hall.

“We were looking in garbage cans outside, in all the bags,” one searcher said.

“It’s the FDR Bible!” said another.

When it was found, just before 5 pm, one of the detectives held it aloft at the top of the stairs in the rotunda, shouting, “We found it!’’ as a crowd broke out in applause.

A de Blasio spokesman declined to comment.


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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #4 on: January 01, 2014, 09:34:25 PM »
Yes.   New Jersey will become the bedroom community of New York City.  High-earning New York residents already pay 62% of their income in taxes and this sonofabitch wants more.

If they give it to him, they're fools.

What's the over and under on how long it takes NYC to become Detroit-on-the-Atlantic?
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« Reply #5 on: January 01, 2014, 09:47:08 PM »
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How much more unorganized can the liberals get, to lose such a valuable Bible? Or, did someone try to steal it? I wonder where it was found?

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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #6 on: January 02, 2014, 02:49:53 AM »
New Yorkers must be all fools they voted this piss head into office. I guess they are willing to give a majority of their wages to government whether it is city state or federal. I say let them go down with him they are the most liberal city folk in the nation. They may make great wages but they have homes mostly apartments or condos not near as big as our homes and they also cost way over their value and since the cost of living there is so high their wages don't go as far as ours out in the boonies. Plus they pay more taxes all to live in a very claustrophobic city and I could care less about their cosmopolitan lives I hate cities. All of them are mostly dirty hell holes except for a few streets the wealthy live on. I do not like nor have ever liked New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Kansas City St Louis or San Francisco. I don't mind Tulsa, Dallas, San Diego and Portland plus a few other smaller cities. I have lived in a few of these cities so I know what I am talking about and have visited everyone of them and many more across this nation and why anyone wants to actually live in a city is beyond me work in one if you have to but commuting is the only way to go if you want sane living. I hope they all enjoy their new mayor they elected him.

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« Reply #7 on: January 02, 2014, 03:09:28 AM »
San Diego is kind of nice in an "eccentric Uncle" sort of way. Doesn't really feel much like a city.
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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2014, 07:04:32 AM »
Let's just "hope" this causes an exodus of the "huddled masses" and "tempest tossed" from NJ to NYC where they belong.
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« Reply #9 on: January 02, 2014, 07:49:57 AM »
HEY!!! Some of us have to live here. (at least until we can devise a means of escape  :bolt:).
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« Reply #10 on: January 02, 2014, 08:04:04 AM »
It occurs to me upon the inauguration of De Blasio that Communists in America don't even bother to hide it any more. What's more, they can even run on the communist platform and win overwhelmingly in America's financial center!!!!! The American presidency, the New York City mayoralty. Lordy, Lordy, Lordy! The progressives have won.
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2014, 08:26:03 AM »
Yes.   New Jersey will become the bedroom community of New York City.  High-earning New York residents already pay 62% of their income in taxes and this sonofabitch wants more.

If they give it to him, they're fools.

New Jersey has been a NYC bedroom community of NYC for a hundred years.  I grew up in one.   NJ property taxes are horrendously legendary-nobody is going to escape anything, moving there.

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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2014, 08:28:30 AM »
This will be painfully amusing to watch.

I have to agree, except for the "painfully" part.  It will be fun watching the smug and insufferably liberal West Side types suffering under this guy.  AC, you have my sympathies.
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« Reply #13 on: January 02, 2014, 09:22:43 AM »
It occurs to me upon the inauguration of De Blasio that Communists in America don't even bother to hide it any more. What's more, they can even run on the communist platform and win overwhelmingly in America's financial center!!!!! The American presidency, the New York City mayoralty. Lordy, Lordy, Lordy! The progressives have won.
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« Reply #14 on: January 02, 2014, 09:24:06 AM »
New Jersey has been a NYC bedroom community of NYC for a hundred years.  I grew up in one.   NJ property taxes are horrendously legendary-nobody is going to escape anything, moving there.

NJ is a bedroom community, in part because it became more attractive to NY'ers escaping and bringing their voting habits to our state.  Sound familiar?  Unfortunately, we are being broadbrushed as the carriers of ill because they allow the Red State liberals to slink in the shadows and continue to vote for a progressive agenda or take the floor of a legislature fitted with a piss hose in support of abortion.
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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2014, 09:51:19 AM »
It occurs to me upon the inauguration of De Blasio that Communists in America don't even bother to hide it any more. What's more, they can even run on the communist platform and win overwhelmingly in America's financial center!!!!! The American presidency, the New York City mayoralty. Lordy, Lordy, Lordy! The progressives have won.

Pretty much. The only difference is that they learned long ago not to call it "Communism", or more correctly, collectivism.

It's not really communism any more. Most of us don't live on farms in this era, and any notion of collectivized agriculture has largely given way to Agribusiness: giant farm conglomerates dependent on state subsidizes, tax breaks, and inexpensive labor imported from... south of the border. Whatever you want to call it, it ain't "capitalism", either.

As for the service industry and dwindling manufacturing jobs at which most of us labor, they are increasingly subject to any number of the tens of thousands of Federal regulations passed since the 1960s. And of course, industry lobbyists are well-ensconced in Washington to try to protect their interests, often at the expense of others. Not much "capitalism" here, as well.

What we have instead in America today is not "communism" - a literally impossible form of economic organization originally envisioned by Marx, naturally resulting in shortages of everything except for starvation and firing squads - but rather a species of state socialism, which is still informed far more by Marx and Engels than by John Locke and Adam Smith. The individual and individual rights are being increasingly subsumed by the collective, through the power of the state, in the service of "needs", which are popularly imagined to trump personal freedoms.

New York City is about to become a laboratory in the promotion of full-blown collectivist ideology, marching under the banner of "Progressivism".

Let's see what happens.
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2014, 09:59:10 AM »
Yep, Andy. That's pretty much it. I would've said all that, but I had to get up and go to work in Queens, New York, so that the collectivists have something to collect.  :th_10444:
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2014, 10:06:35 AM »
Pretty much. The only difference is that they learned long ago not to call it "Communism", or more correctly, collectivism.

It's not really communism any more. Most of us don't live on farms in this era, and any notion of collectivized agriculture has largely given way to Agribusiness: giant farm conglomerates dependent on state subsidizes, tax breaks, and inexpensive labor imported from... south of the border. Whatever you want to call it, it ain't "capitalism", either.

As for the service industry and dwindling manufacturing jobs at which most of us labor, they are increasingly subject to any number of the tens of thousands of Federal regulations passed since the 1960s. And of course, industry lobbyists are well-ensconced in Washington to try to protect their interests, often at the expense of others. Not much "capitalism" here, as well.

What we have instead in America today is not "communism" - a literally impossible form of economic organization originally envisioned by Marx, naturally resulting in shortages of everything except for starvation and firing squads - but rather a species of state socialism, which is still informed far more by Marx and Engels than by John Locke and Adam Smith. The individual and individual rights are being increasingly subsumed by the collective, through the power of the state, in the service of "needs", which are popularly imagined to trump personal freedoms.

New York City is about to become a laboratory in the promotion of full-blown collectivist ideology, marching under the banner of "Progressivism".

Let's see what happens.

Oh.  Detroit, Chicago, Newark, Camden and Oakland weren't enough?
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Re: De Blasio Tells New York, ‘We Will Not Wait’ on Inequality
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2014, 10:07:21 AM »
Yep, Andy. That's pretty much it. I would've said all that, but I had to get up and go to work in Queens, New York, so that the collectivists have something to collect.  :th_10444:

Good luck - you guys are going to need it. On the other hand, I look forward to reading the NY papers on line (by which I mean the Post and Daily News, not the Times a/k/a "Pravda on the Hudson") to follow the unfolding catastrophe.
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« Reply #19 on: January 02, 2014, 10:14:11 AM »
Oh.  Detroit, Chicago, Newark, Camden and Oakland weren't enough?

If massive unemployment, rampant crime and criminally corrupt government is the goal, then those are great role models.
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« Reply #20 on: January 02, 2014, 12:48:59 PM »
This will be painfully amusing to watch.



True; it'll also be deja vu all over again in many respects, as NYC reverts to much of the idiocy of the 60s and 70s.  Before this is over David Dinkins will be grinning from ear to ear over the fact that he will no longer be the worst mayor of NYC.

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« Reply #21 on: January 02, 2014, 12:54:44 PM »
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« Reply #22 on: January 02, 2014, 01:01:20 PM »
True; it'll also be deja vu all over again in many respects, as NYC reverts to much of the idiocy of the 60s and 70s.  Before this is over David Dinkins will be grinning from ear to ear over the fact that he will no longer be the worst mayor of NYC.
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