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whom are involved in identity theft and trafficking of hard drugs, he has overseen increased, needless enforcement of outdated marijuana prohibitions at great cost to the taxpayers.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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