Bill de Blasio has made a career of sticking his paw in New Yorkers’ pockets. Now he’s planning another national tour, and he’s digging deeper than ever.
Love him or hate him, you have to admit that Kaiser Wilhelm is the luckiest sonfabeech in American politics. Hectoring “millionaires” all the way, he parlayed a seat on New York’s do-nothing City Council into a term as the city’s pointless public advocate, which he then rode into Gracie Mansion — arriving just when federal monetary policy was giving Gotham a cash bath to end all cash baths.
Bill came, he saw, he grabbed every dollar on the table. And now he wants more.
“Here’s the truth, brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. Plenty of money in this city,” he droned at Symphony Space Thursday morning, delivering his annual State of the City message. “It’s just in the wrong hands!”
And there you go — the politics of class warfare, tucked into a single de Blasio gem: “It’s in the wrong hands” — what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine, too!
Now, Mayor Robin Hood is not wrong about the plenty-of-money bit, of course. A quick scan of the city’s pulsating skyline — not just in Manhattan, but in Queens and Brooklyn, too — confirms that. Billions have been invested — are being invested.
Bob McManus is a contributing editor of City Journal. He retired as editorial page editor of the New York Post in 2013 and has since worked as a freelance editor, columnist, and writer.