Bloomberg Leaves Behind Strong Legacy

Dec 20 2013 Published by under politics

Bloomberg's Legacy

New Yorkers dealing with Bloomberg’s shitty legacy

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How to Destroy the Middle Class

Sep 22 2011 Published by under politics

Check out these two stories that came out within days of each other:

Mayor Bloomberg is the second richest person in New York, while 1 out of 5 New Yorkers lives in poverty. I don’t think Jay-Z or that annoying chick who does the chorus are among those.

Blatant doublethink. None of the major media outlets makes the connection between these two items. It’s as if each of these facts exists in a vacuum from the other.

Bloomberg’s New York is the blueprint for how to destroy the American middle class. His tenure has seen the greatest city in the country turned into a banana republic. He has overseen the implementation of omnipresent surveillance, yet somehow has allowed Mexican and Salvadoran gangs to take control of the city. He has laid off scores of skilled workers, while declaring the city a haven from American immigration laws. While welcoming these illegal immigrants, many of whom are involved in identity theft and trafficking of hard drugs, he has overseen increased, needless enforcement of outdated marijuana prohibitions at great cost to the taxpayers.

Bloomberg destroyed or cut back many services once considered crucial to the survival of the city, while funneling much of the civic business that survived to his own companies, run through shadow corporations. In the meantime, he allowed what was once the greatest infrastructure in the country – subways, buses, bridges, tunnels – to crumble. The last time the city eliminated multiple subway routes was when President Ford famously told us to go to hell. Bloomberg turned the city into his own personal coffer – far worse than anything the notorious Boss Tweed ever did to this city. He not only used his office as Mayor to personally enrich himself, but managed to also destroy the quality of life of middle class New Yorkers.

New York doesn’t exist anymore. It’s just a marketing concept. In reality, it’s little more than a third-world resort, without the beach, but with Spider-Man the Musical and five dollar coffee. If you want a glimpse of what will happen to the middle class in the rest of America in the coming years, take a look at New York. The plan has been effectively implemented here, and it is coming soon to a town near you.

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Oversight Leads to Chronic Flooding at 34th Street Plaza

Jul 26 2011 Published by under politics

Greeley Plaza flooded 1

Check out the flooding at the Herald Square pedestrian plaza. Well, it’s not really flooding, so much as it is a lack of drainage anywhere in the plaza.

This happens here every time it rains. Not only when there’s a lot of rain, mind you. Any. Time. It. Rains. At all.

These photos were each taken when it was not raining, all shot a day after rain. When the city paved over the street formerly known as Broadway, they forgot to replace the storm drains. There are no gutters in this plaza that lead to the sewer. Those gutter and sewers are pretty much standard issue for every block in Manhattan. One of the busiest subway stations in the system is directly beneath this plaza, making this a stunning oversight.

Typical Bloomberg undertaking – all sorts of promotion and hype, and plenty of the Bloomberg branding rammed down your throat, but glaring absence of attention to detail, implementation or action. Hallmarks of an impotent manager.

Greeley Plaza flooded 2

This pretty much sums up Bloomy’s legacy – all of the pomp and circumstance of his pet projects is really a thin veil over a collapsing infrastructure.

These look a lot less nice, sunny, and clean than the original artist’s rendition Bloomy showed us back when he first pushed this pathetic project.

Herald Square artist's rendering

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Hypocrite Bloomberg Calls Obama Arrogant

Dec 04 2010 Published by under politics

Picked up by numerous media outlets, including here, originally reported here. The New York Times, needless to say, uses its blog to spin it pro-Bloomberg.

Pot … Kettle. Kettle … Pot.

Mike Bloomberg bought out democracy, and bought out public office in what used to be the greatest city in America. He is the epitome of arrogance, the very incarnation of it.

I cannot imagine many acts that could be construed as more arrogant than using billions in accumulated personal fortune to purchase the deletion of a law voted into effect by the citizens you purport to represent.

And then the person who was so arrogant as to use his personal wealth to bribe the City Council of New York to overturn term limits which were voted into law by the citizens of New York spent the better part of the last decade in a fight against the forces of democracy. He staked a claim on the public office of the largest city in America, destroyed the cultural fabric of that city by pushing through a series of crooked real estate deals, and then turned the entire city into his own personal investment scheme by outsourcing all city business to private contractors that are nothing more than dummy companies set up to funnel profits back to him. He consistently and blatantly advocates sympathy for the extremely wealthy, who are easily the least likable group of people on the planet.

He installs cronies in decision-making positions throughout the city, including choosing a millionaire zombie who never sent her children to public school to run the public school system straight into the ground, further ensuring only rich people in New York will have access to quality education, and further ensuring that every office in this city that once existed for the good of The People is now controlled by minions who are overpaid to allow his leviathan tentacles to spread across the city and envelop all within.

Mike Bloomberg is beyond arrogant. He is arrogance personified. Maybe when you’re a billionaire, anyone who fails to be a Yes-Man, or fails to indulge your egotistical whims and fancies for a token buyout, is seen as arrogant.

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