Some thoughts on the NYC Primary

Victory creates an ex post facto sense of inevitability, so it’s worth remembering how unlikely Bill DeBlasio’s win seemed just a few months ago, when Quinn was still thought to be Bloomberg’s anointed successor. Last spring, I went to a forum at New York Law School where all the candidates except Weiner (who hadn’t announced yet) were present. I was dumbstruck by how dull and tentative Thompson seemed and how grating and full of herself Quinn was. DeBlasio, on the other hand, seemed smart, confident, and knowledgeable, and for a guy reporters often call “professorial,” he was notably lacking in condescension. The only thing missing was the sense that voters might actually gravitate towards him. But–and in a world in which an all-present media never stops telling us what we are thinking and feeling it’s important to keep this in mind–sometimes the conventional wisdom is completely wrong.

For all his schoolmarmishness and thin skin, Bloomberg really has been a more-than-competent mayor in many ways. But while running a city for the benefit of the very rich might be a winning strategy for economic development (some income does trickle down), it has a way of alienating voters eventually–especially after you bought yourself an extra term.

Think about it: the average rent on a NYC apartment surged past $3000 this summer. The city’s per capita income, on the other hand, was $31,796; its median household income just $56,951. To point that out isn’t to engage in class warfare–it’s simply to acknowledge the truth. If the people in the media and the center left establishment didn’t make so much money themselves (and more importantly, answer to people who make even more), they would have seen the writing on the wall.

I’m guessing that the next phase of the election will be fought over some out-of-context thing that DeBlasio said 20 years ago about sex, drugs, Israel, Muslims, or some other hot-button cultural issue. I don’t know what else the Republicans will have to throw at him, but they’re going to have a hard time winning the white blue collar votes that put Giuliani and Koch over the top, because when a Democrat talks about soaking the rich today, the working class no longer thinks they’re talking about them. And when a Republican appeals to the middle class, they know they’re really reaching out to the rich.


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  1. Now that the anti-science, superstition-based initiative presidency is over, we need Manhattan projects to boost us out of this Grotesque Depression. First provide free advertising-based wimax wireless internet to everyone to end land line monopolies. Renationalize the telephone companies like 1917, and the DTV fiasco and internet under a renationalized post office. It’s not enough to make Boston-NY-Washington high speed, we need to connect the Boston end to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Minneapolis and the Washington end to Charlotte, Birmingham and Texas. Because bovine flatulence is the major source of greenhouse gases, we must develop home growable microbes to provide all of our protein. We must finally join the metric system and take advantage of DTV problems to create a unified global standard for television and cellular instead of this Anglo Saxon competitive waste. We must address that most illness starts from behavior, especially parents. Since paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality, we must provide put the appropriate medications, like lithium, in the water supply and require dangerous wingnuts who refuse free mental health care to be implanted with drug release devices. Churches should be licensed to reduce supersition and all clergy dealing with small children should be psychiatrically monitored to prevent molesting. We need to psychiatrically regulate the preachers and teachers that produce these creatures. Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh were the ultimate superstition based initiatives. Folks wouldn’t have to go to bigoted superstitious gatherings like churches if labor unions had more family dances, afterschool activities and even owned sports teams to build loyalty! Aborting future terrorists and sterilizing their parents is the most effective homeland security. Pregnancy is a selfish, environmentally destructive act and must be punished, not rewarded with benefits, preference and leave. Widen navigation straits (Gibraltar, Suez, Malacca, Danube, Panama, Hellespont) with deep nukes to prevent war. To fund this we must nationalize the entire financial, electrical and transportation system and extinguish the silly feudal notion that each industry should be regulated by its peers. Technology mandates a transformation of tax subsidies from feudal forecloseable debt to risk sharing equity. Real estate and insurance, the engines of feudalism, must be brought under the Federal Reserve so we may replace all buildings with hazardous materials to provide public works. Collectors, bounty hunters and private investigators are mercenaries operating on the edge of the law. Insects, flooding and fire spread asbestos, lead and mold which prematurely disables the disadvantaged. Disposable manufactured housing assures children are not prematurely disabled and disadvantaged. The only reason one engages in atomistic, sheflish small business is to avoid rules. Even Milton Friedman showed that small business creating jobs is unprovable because of survival bias (J Eco Lit, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 2129-2132). In today’s complex New Industrial State (J K Galbraith), you do a better job if you are a large contractor because you have all kinds of compliance controls in place and superior information than if you are on you own. Because feudalism is the threat to progress everywhere, we must abolish large land holdings by farmers, foresters or religions and instead make all such large landholding part of the forest service so our trees may diminish greenhouse gases. Darwin led to the worst colonial, militarist, atrocity and stock market abuses in history – Lamarkian inheritance and mitochondrial DNA show that Darwin was not all he is crackered up to be. We must abolish executive pay and make sure all employees in a company are all paid equally. We must abolish this exploitative idea of trade and monopoly and make every manufactured disposable cottage self sufficient through the microbes we invent.

    Southern Oligarchs destroyed the Democrats in the sixties and destroyed the Republicans this decade – they would not allow viable candidates like Colin Powell, Mitt Romney or Condi Rice to even be considered! Those Queens lard buttums who hate bikes need to be motored to the turd hole. This is why Obamacare was needed, to force them to bike for their own good and then to psychiatrically regulate the preachers and teachers that produced such creatures. Those birds in Bayside need to be psychiatrically tested for their driver license so they will lose their cars and so move out of town and stop voting for teabaggers. With Obamacare, we should mandate psychiatric examinations of Bayside pimp mobile driving geezers when they renew their licenses. This way they will move away and stop voting against the progressive agenda. Them boys in Bayside are the most dangerous and backwards of all. The city should toughen inspections for medical, psychiatric and vehicle reasons to cut down the number of congestion. This way, we will also get the voters against congestion pricing, who live in Bayside and Staten Island, to move away. Free health care means psychiatric care for all those angry talk radio white males! They are all overweight from driving around too much, burdening the city health system! Remember how Patti Dunne used her investigators? Repuglicans use investigators, bounty hunters and collectors who practice on the edge of the law like private militias. That’s how mafia realtor contractors sent subprime mortgages to the banks in company of hookers. That’s how realtors bought the right to do home inspections without professional engineering licenses and to do appraisals without appraisal licenses.

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