If you can make it in New York, you really can make it anywhere, because the Big Apple certainly doesn’t make it easy. New census information shows that the city’s poverty rate has reached its highest point in more than a decade. In the capital of Blue America, the rich are growing richer while the poor are growing poorer. The New York Times has more:
“To see the poverty rate jump almost a full percentage point is not a good sign,” said David R. Jones, the president of the Community Service Society of New York, an antipoverty advocacy and research group. “We’re still seeing really high rates of unemployment, while jobs have been growing in an anemic way and the jobs that have been created are really low-wage.”While Mr. Bloomberg has made reducing the poverty rate, now nearly 21 percent, a priority, administration officials acknowledged that the stagnant national economy had hurt the city.
Poor New Yorkers are paying a high price for their city’s adherence to blue social policy. The high regulation, red tape, high transit costs, unions, crony capitalism and corruption endemic to New York politics are thwarting job creation for low-income workers, all while the cost of living is rising. The poor are making less but paying more. Blue is a middle class killer.