Skip to comments.NYC Mayoral Candidate’s Socialist Central Park Scheme
Posted on 10/31/2013 5:24:56 AM PDT by Kaslin
Look, I know the Statue of Liberty is actually French, and therefore possibly a Euro-socialist, but even shes probably a bit irritated at the redistributive rhetoric in New York Citys mayoral race. The Far Left liberal candidate for Mayor (No. . . Mike Bloomberg is not running again) is now talking about raiding the funds that keep Central Park safe, beautiful and iconic.
Leave it to Bill de Blasio, the Democrat Mayoral candidate and likely future Mayor, to insist on experiencing his own Joe the Plumber moment. I think we have to share the wealth a little bit here, de Blasio said in an interview over the summer. And while he is certainly a proponent of soaking the rich (a keystone in his plan to improve public education includes a hefty tax increase on New York Citys most productive members), in this context he was referring to the successful Central Park Conservancy fund.
Back in the 1980s, when Central Park was devolving into a wasteland of gang violence and vandalized eyesores, private wealth stepped in to revitalize one of Americas iconic images of the Empire City. The Left wing George Soros, in cooperation with the conservative stock broker Dick Gilder, founded the Central Park Conservancy.
Today the Conservancy raises, from private sources, the majority of its $59 million budget, and employs over 90 percent of the parks staff. And its efforts are evident. Historic structures now serve as tourist locations rather than illegal squatting residences. Carriage rides have more to show their fares than half completed graffiti and crime scene tape. In fact, Central Park stands today as what it historically symbolized: An oasis of tranquility within the Iron Jungle of Americas sleepless city.
And. . . Clearly thats not fair.
De Blasio presented his socialistic city engineering plan in an interview over the summer. (Most New Yorkers missed the news, because they were enjoying their lunch hour strolling through a great example of private money contributing to civic life.)
According to Evan Sparks at the Weekly Standard:
De Blasio has endorsed a plan to raid the assets of the private nonprofit group that runs Central Park. So for anyone who wants to donate to Central Park, theyre still going to be helping Central Park; most of the money is still going to benefit Central Park, de Blasio said. But some of that has to be moved to where the need is greatest, in neighborhood parks that, right now, are really suffering.
Get it? A private non-profit funded with the intent of helping Central Park reach its full potential will be raided under de Blasios plan to help those inner city parks that are more in need. From the private, to the public without the hassle of a tax. Its almost as if the mayoral candidate had virtually no respect for the capital of private conservancies and charities. (Of course, Im sure hes doing it for the kids.)
And we thought the infamous Bond villain, Michael Bloomberg, was a nannycrat when he banned those dangerous high-capacity sodas. De Blasios insidious proposal to raid private charities for the greater good might just trump the elitist Bloombergs holier than thou style of governance.
Central Park has served as a beacon of free-market philanthropy. The voluntary cooperation between City services and private wealth has revitalized one of the last great city parks in the nation. Through the charity of New Yorkers with disposable wealth, the average city resident can enjoy the benefit of a spectacular civic area. In fact, the conservancy should stand as undeniable proof that increased tax rates, city tolls, and central planning are no match for voluntary civic duty. The park is not the crown jewel of New York parks because of government but because of private citizens who choose to be a part of the community.
And de Blasio feels that from each well-funded [private] charity the government should take what is needed for each underfunded [public] entity. After all, how else can an elitist such as de Blasio force people into donating to the neglected portions of the city? Aside from the messy process of raising taxes (which hes already proposed) and denying public funds to other areas of the city budget, he really has no choice but to forcibly reallocate the private donations of well-intentioned New Yorkers.
I wonder how the socialist George Soros feels, knowing his conservancy is about to be raided by the very people that drove Central Park into the ground in the 1970s. It pains me to suggest that New Yorkers might miss the Authoritarian Bloomberg in a few short years, but that could very well become a reality if the ultra-liberal de Blasio successfully conquers the inequality of private charities.
Change Central park back to America’s premier wilding venue.
I hate to say it but this may be fun to watch.
I predict it will be known as DETROIT EAST. Wall Street will move to New Jersey, the view is better from New Jersey for about 10 years (until diversity overcomes civilization) and the distance will mute the destruction the ferial gangs who will inhabit and terrorize Manhattan.
From each according to his wealth
To each according to his wants
So...if it’s a private organization then how does he get his hands on the money?
I really hope this socialist wins. Couldn’t happen to a better city. NY has supported such plans, now is the time to get them in spades.
If the residents of NYC vote for this guy, they deserve what they get.
Same as if the Virginians vote for McAullife
Memo to NYC voters:
It’s your choice. You will get the government you elect...
For me, I don’t give a rip for Central Park. I’ve got better views and greater tranquility right here on my hill, most all maintained by God. And, all He asks is the thanks that’s due Him.
The problem with Sandy was that it was not adequately destructive. The socialist cancer that is NYC not only still exists but is getting much worse.
Someone should start a pool on how long it will take NYC to slide back into the sewer under Blasio. Of course we’d need metrics as to what we define as ‘into the sewer’.
So then people will stop giving to the fund. Central Park - back to squatter status.
New Yorkers seem to think nothing will change for their city once Comrade de Blasio takes power. They’ll be clamoring for the days of the relatively serene David Dinkins era.
And the resultant schadenfreude from the rest of us will be well-deserved. You want marxism.. you got it... and everything that comes with it.
Don’t care. NYC can go back to being a cesspool.
That’s my taxed two cents.
Translation: "F--k you private donors! You have NO say in what your donations are used for! Only I am good enough to decide that. And don't even THINK of holding back your donations or I'll tax your a$$ back to the stone age. In fact, I'll tax your a$$ back to the stone age ANYWAY. F--k ALL of you. I am your lord and master!"
To each according to what liberal nanny-state do-gooders TELL him he wants.
But those of us who wouldn’t perpendicularly traverse a linearly aligned conveyance route to micturate upon McA$$hole if he was rapidly combining with oxygen don’t deserve it.
"Escape From New York" comes to mind as well...
Everyone who lives in New York and makes more than $200,000 a year should be taxed at 100% over that amount. They’re rich - they can afford it.
Kiss those donations goodbye.
There will be nothing to “redirect to those other parks which are suffering”.
Republicans are Socialist. This guy is a full on Communist.