Echo Chamber Watch
De Blasio’s Brave Blue World
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  • rheddles

    De Blasio seems likely to be as successful as Obama. It will be interesting to see if it takes New Yorkers two terms to figure it out.

    • Corlyss

      With no better credentials for running a city like NYC. The voters should know better than to trust anything important to Red Bill.

  • free_agent

    The situation is interesting… The population of NYC is rising, albeit slowly. It may be that there is a substantial clientèle for blue governance, that is, people who prefer to live in such places (and can afford them). The trouble seems to be that NYC is likely to be the leading seller of that product, while e.g. Detroit is unable to attract customers.

  • S.C. Schwarz

    The unions pulled off a brilliant coup in delaying signing contracts and gambling on what appeared the be a long shot DeBlasio win. They won their gamble and now they will feast. Pity the poor, low information NYC voters who believed DeBlasio’s “two cities” nonsense.

  • Kavanna

    There’s no wave, just the result of a low-turnout, “low-information” (AKA “dumbass”) election. The “labor-electorial complex” triumphs. Why go through the charade of elections at all? Just appoint the public employee union leadership as the city administration.

    Unknowingly, Gotham hurtles into the night.

    • Corlyss

      The ignorant we have with us always in off-year elections. Come to think of it, we have them with us always in the on-year elections as well.

  • Corlyss

    “Yet the Times does not refer even once to the gravest challenge that the liberal agenda faces in urban America: the conflict of interest between unionized workers and the consumers of the services they provide.”
    They expect the feds to bail the cities out.

    • lhfry

      In talking with my friends on the left, it is apparent that they believe – truly believe – that essentially the government has its own money. This article by Dean Baker at the Huffington Post is typical of this view: It claims that
      public employee pensions are “virtually costless” because
      governments aren’t going out of business – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dean-baker/public-pensions-101_b_832598.html

      • Corlyss

        Thanks for the link. Another in the countless examples of why basic economic should be taught in k-12, not that incredibly destructive PC crap and junk science taught now.

  • free_agent

    You write, “the conflict of interest between unionized workers and the consumers of the services they provide”. In the recent Boston mayoral election, the teachers’ union weighed in heavily and got a favorable candidate to win over an education reformer. It seems that in many cities, the balance of voter power is held by the public employees. Will they suck the city dry?

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