Ghost of Eva Peron haunts New York City

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New York City's newest policymaker, who received exactly as many votes as I did

New York City’s newest policymaker, who received exactly as many votes as I did.

Quick, name a bitter woman who muscled her way into power by rushing in to fill the moral vacuum created by her husband. No, not Eva Peron, Imelda Marcos, Hillary Clinton, or Michelle Obama; they’re yesterday’s news. Today’s self-appointed dictatorette is Chirlane McCray, the wife of recently inaugurated New York Mayor Bill De Blasio.

Partly because Anthony Weiner couldn’t keep his surname in his pants and had to withdraw from the Mayoral race last September, Bill De Blasio, one of the farthest left politicians imaginable, became Mayor of New York City by getting 73% of the vote.

Now his wife, who won 0% of the vote, is demanding an office in City Hall, a staff, and a hands-on policy-setting role where her particular outlook on life will affect the lives of 8.3 million New Yorkers.

Voters gave De Blasio their overwhelming support in November, but a Quinnipiac poll in January reveals that only 27% of them want his wife to make any decisions that involve their wallets and futures. Unfortunately, New York’s voters don’t get a vote this time. Ms. McCray’s responsibilities will hinge on whatever her husband is squishy enough to give her.

Already, he seems to have given her quite a few. At a recent press conference, he made it clear she was a major influence behind two administrative appointments. “My wife could not be here,” De Blasio said, “but I will express her deep enthusiasm about the appointments today.”

If voters had paid even the slightest bit of attention during the campaign, they should have seen this coming. During his campaign and transition to Mayor, she described herself as a “sounding board and partner”. In an interview in The New York Times, McCray admitted that she interviews all prospective high-level appointees, edits key speeches, and that policy meetings are planned around her schedule.

So what kind of policies is she likely to set? One clue comes from the chief of staff she just hired for $170,000/year of taxpayers’ money: Rachel Noerdlinger, a longtime spokesperson for the Rev. Al Sharpton. Another comes from her deep roots in the LGBT community. These are fine causes, but they are not the only people in New York who deserve attention. The black population of New York’s five boroughs is 25%, the biracial population is 4%, and the LGBT population is 6%. That’s roughly 35% of the population.

In a related story, many City Hall employees are dismayed about the number of appointments that De Blasio has failed to make, even though it’s been over ten weeks since he was elected. A long list of agencies still have no permanent leaders, including the New York City Housing Authority, which is responsible for more than 400,000 residents, the Department of Buildings, which oversees building inspections at nearly one million properties, and the Department of Correction, which oversees the city’s jails,

At other agencies, including the Department of Health, the Fire Department, and the Office of Emergency Management, the novice Mayor has asked Bloomberg appointees to remain on the job, at least until he finds replacements. At others, including the Department of Investigation and the Parks Department, former first deputy commissioners or other high-ranking staffers are filling in on an interim basis, until suitably progressive leaders are chosen.

At least two agencies, the Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, don’t even have leftover leaders. “We don’t have an acting commissioner at the moment,” said a Cultural Affairs spokesman when asked who was leading the agency. Similarly, a spokeswoman for the media office said, “There’s currently no acting commissioner.”

So who’s running America’s largest city? Maybe Ms. McCray can answer that question when she gets through speaking at an interactive town hall forum in Brooklyn on January 22.  The first lady will discuss immigration policies, reform efforts, and their impact on black immigration.

http://nypost.com/2014/01/18/de-blasios-wife-wants-office-role-at-city-hall

http://politicker.com/2014/01/frustration-brews-as-de-blasio-drags-feet-on-remaining-appointments/NY1 reported Friday

http://www.amny.com/urbanite-1.812039/constantine-bill-de-blasio-chirlane-mccray-may-be-no-bargain-1.6439203

http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2014/01/nyc-first-lady-chirlane-mccray-going-solo-in-brooklyn-as-staff-up-buzz-keeps-s

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5 thoughts on “Ghost of Eva Peron haunts New York City

  1. Greg, I ran across this brief paper put out by the Mont Pelerin Society. At the very bottom of the page you will see a short comment (in red color type) contrasting Classical Liberalism of Europe, and the so-called modern liberalism of Europe and America. I remember in one of our early exchanges, the impetus for which was the commentary of one gentleman responding inappropriately to one of your posts, I pointed out to him that were he to read Hayek’s Road to Serfdom he would learn that the contrast Hayek drew was between “classical liberalism” (small government without concentrated or centralized power, viz., conservative thought in 21st century America/Europe), and modern liberalism (big government with power concentrated at the top). He probably did not know of Hayek. If that is so, then he would not have known that in Hayek’s day being “classically liberal” meant being conservative. Modern conservatism is not antithetical to “classical liberalism,” but is diametrically opposed to what is the sine qua non of 21st century liberalism. thought you might like to see the reference I copied (below) from a statement of goals of the Mont Pelerin Society. The comment which follows the “Afterword” is the reference which was the premise of my critique several months ago.

    Afterword In his opening address (republished in Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Routledge, 1967), Professor Hayek considered the name “Acton-Toqueville Society.” Ultimately, the name “Mont Pelerin” was chosen to honor the place of the first meeting near Vevey on Lac Leman, Switzerland.

    Since 1947, 32 General and 27 Regional Meetings have been held mostly in Europe but also in the United States, Japan, Australia, and South America. Membership has risen from under 50 to over 500. It has attracted men and women from almost 40 nations diverse in academic discipline, age, and renown.

    Members have included high governmental officials, Nobel prize recipients, men of affairs, journalists, and scholars — all philosophically isolated in their own communities and anxious to engage in discussion of fundamental issues with persons sharing common interests and points of view.

    Meetings last a week, usually at the beginning of September. Papers on subjects of common interest are read, discussed, and criticized. The society has not sought publicity, but neither does it strive to be secretive or anonymous. It is a collection of individuals, no one of whom may speak for another.

    In brief, the society is composed of persons who continue to see the dangers to civilized society outlined in the statement of aims. They have seen economic and political liberalism in the ascendant for a time since World War II in some countries but also its apparent decline in more recent times. Though not necessarily sharing a common interpretation, either of causes or consequences, they see danger in the expansion of government, not least in state welfare, in the power of trade unions and business monopoly, and in the continuing threat and reality of inflation.

    Again without detailed agreements, the members see the Society as an effort to interpret in modern terms the fundamental principles of economic society as expressed by those classical economists, political scientists, and philosophers who have inspired many in Europe, America and throughout the Western World.

    Note: Here, “liberal” is used in its European sense, broadly epitomized by a preference for minimal and dispersed government, rather than in its current American sense which indicates the opposite preference for an extension and concentration of governmental powers.

    Dr. Sperry tritonhead@wildblue.net

  2. FYI Greg, 9/03, 6:30-8:00pm,SCP informational meeting at Luchessi Center, Petaluma, on No. McDowell, near PVH Hospital. Your knowledge and verbal skills would be much appreciated.
    David Feere/Petaluma
    Spoke to you last year at Cotati SCP meeting

    • David… Thanks for your good words. I remember you well. I would like to join you, but tomorrow night is our monthly meeting of the Penngrove Social Firemen, and that’s an important meeting to me. I hope you ask them all the tough questions, such as: Since 95% of the energy delivered to Sonoma County is totally green from the Geysers, how dare they call themselves greener? (Answer: they’re comparing themselves to the statewide PGE portfolio, which they claim is only 19% green. That argument is made even more bogus by the fact that California does not allow large-scale hydroelectric to be called green.) You can also ask how much electricity is wasted when electricity is sourced from over 300 miles. (I believe heat loss at that distance accounts for about 6% loss.) There are a few other points in my article here: Plug in, dream on, opt out: the scam of government energy greenwashing. Best of luck. Keep me posted.

      • Over the year I’ve made it my responsibility to educate myself on SCP and it’s contract with Exelon. Whenever an article appears in the Press regarding SCP, I comment comparing PG&E to Exelon. My tag is “Wake Up America”, you may have read a few of the comments. Will be addressing the Petaluma City in the near future. SCP has a scheduled Rohnert Park indoctrination on the 16th of this month. I’ll keep you posted.

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