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De Blasio’s radical agenda for NYC
humanevents.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Mark Impomeni

Posted on 11/12/2013 9:58:30 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe

Democrat Bill de Blasio defeated Republican challenger Joe Lhota last Tuesday in the New York City mayoral race by nearly 50 points (73-24), giving Democrats their first mayor elected on the party line since 1993. De Blasio is a self-described “social democrat” in the mold of Europe’s socialist parties, and may turn out to be the most leftwing politician to ever sit in Gracie Mansion. He campaigned on an agenda to turn away from the policies of the Giuliani and Bloomberg administrations and usher in an era of “substantial change” in the city. Whether he can turn his overwhelming victory into the progressive agenda he pressed for during the campaign is still unclear. He will have to deal with a state government in Albany with a Republican controlled Senate and overcome likely opposition from Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a fellow Democrat.

In an interview on New York public radio during the campaign, de Blasio said in addition to the leftist politics of Europe, he was “very deeply influenced” by liberation theology, “which I learned about in the years I worked on Latin America.” Liberation theology is a movement with its beginnings in the Roman Catholic Church in Central America that seeks to assist the poor by affecting governmental change. The movement is often associated with communist and socialist revolutionary groups in Central and South America. De Blasio said New Yorkers should view him as, “a consistent progressive with a very strong activist worldview.”

That activist worldview was present in de Blasio from his days at NYU in the early 1980s. Bill Wilhelm – he later took his mother’s family name – was a well-known student activist at NYU, leading student protests against tuition increases and demanding student representation on the Board of Trustees. After graduate school at Columbia, where he earned a masters degree in international affairs, de Blasio took a job with the Quixote Center, a Maryland-based organization that worked to raise money and deliver humanitarian aid to supporters of Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. It was 1988, and the United States was supporting the Contra rebels against the socialist Sandinistas led by president Daniel Ortega. De Blasio traveled to Nicaragua to oversee the distribution of aid to families supportive of the government. He remains unapologetic about his support for the Sandinistas.

“I’m very proud to have been deeply involved in a movement that rightfully thought U.S. policy toward Central America was wrong-headed and counter-productive and not in line with our values,” de Blasio told New York public radio. “I’m proud to have been involved in the effort that was challenging that.”

De Blasio’s affinity for leftist politics was an issue in the campaign. He was forced to explain a 1983 trip to Soviet Russia and his 1994 honeymoon in Fidel Castro’s Cuba, in violation of the United States embargo against that communist nation. De Blasio’s campaign explained his Soviet trip as a part of NYU’s Presidential Scholar program, of which he was a member. De Blasio never directly answered questions about his honeymoon, saying only that he has believed that the U.S. embargo has been “counter-productive for a long time.”

De Blasio campaigned on a promise to bring his activist brand of progressive politics to City Hall. In his role as Public Advocate, de Blasio has been a crusader against proactive police tactics put in place under Giuliani that have been widely credited with transforming New York into the safest big city in the country. His office produced a report showing a disparity in the racial makeup of people stopped by the NYPD under the City’s stop and frisk program. De Blasio blames the gap on racial profiling and has vowed to “reform” the program. The City is currently appealing a federal judge’s order blocking stop and frisk. De Blasio vowed on the campaign trail that he would drop the City’s appeal, replace the leadership of the police force, and introduce a “strong racial profiling bill.”

On taxes, de Blasio’s central proposal is a 5-year increase in the City’s income tax on incomes over $500,000. The money raised would be used to fund universal pre-kindergarten and after-school programs for New York school kids. De Blasio promised to replace the tax after five years with another revenue stream or cuts in City spending. But he may not ultimately get his way on revenues. New York City’s income tax is subject to state legislature approval. Even if the bill makes it past the Republican controlled state Senate, Governor Cuomo, who has aspirations to run for president, will likely resist any tax increase in the run up to the presidential campaign.

De Blasio’s activism is most clearly seen in his plans for education. He has for all intents and purposes declared war on charter schools. Charter schools are public-supported schools operated by contract, or charter, which are exempted from many of the regulations governing traditional district schools. The contracting authority—usually the state—gives administrators, teachers and parents greater autonomy in exchange for greater accountability for producing positive and measurable educational success. Typically, charter schools receive less financial support per pupil because they are funded solely by the contracting authority, whereas public schools receive state and local funding. This funding gap can make it very difficult for charter schools to operate in urban areas, where the premium on space causes operating costs to soar. Many city school districts seek to balance the disparity by housing – or co-locating – charter schools inside public schools with available space.

Despite research that shows charter school students outperform their peers in City schools in both reading and math – especially among African-American and Latino students – de Blasio said he “does not favor” charter school education. He has vowed to make the process of co-location more difficult for new charter schools and said he would end the practice of giving co-located charter schools free space. Those comments sparked a protest by thousands of parents, who marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to demand that the City continue its support for the 700,000 students that attend the City’s 180 charter schools. De Blasio remains undeterred.

New York State granted the Mayor’s Office direct control of city schools under Bloomberg, meaning that de Blasio will get to appoint the next City Schools Chancellor. Reports have indicated that he is considering the radical head of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten, for the position. Weingarten is a fierce opponent of charter schools, school choice, and even teacher evaluations. Weingarten’s AFT wants little accountability for teachers when students are not learning, and less power for parents to do anything about it.

It speaks volumes about de Blasio’s activism that he would even consider naming a career union head to run the City’s schools. Doing so would be quite literally putting the fox in charge of the henhouse and would have disastrous consequences for the City’s education system. But this is de Blasio’s brand of “strong activism” and “substantial change.” On crime, taxes, and education, de Blasio seems determined not to learn the lessons of the past 20 years in New York City, with the likely result that the New York of the late 1980s and early 1990s will return under his watch. Some progress.


TOPICS: US: Massachusetts; US: New York
KEYWORDS: billdeblasio; education; liberationtheology; massachusetts; newyork; newyorkcity; unions

1 posted on 11/12/2013 9:58:30 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Just leave us the hell alone, how about that?


2 posted on 11/12/2013 10:04:18 PM PST by Argus
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We’ll see if this guy is any worse the Bloomberg.


3 posted on 11/12/2013 10:06:11 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

A 100% white Obama?


4 posted on 11/12/2013 10:06:42 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

I was born in NYC, but don’t look for any help from me, your all a boat load of Jerks out there! I’m a Texan now for 25 years and love it!


5 posted on 11/12/2013 10:08:56 PM PST by Empireoftheatom48 (God help the Republic but will he?)
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To: Argus

It never stops. Sure we get a few more failed Stalins and Hitlers, but they will be just more stepping stones to oblivion.


6 posted on 11/12/2013 10:08:57 PM PST by deadrock (I am someone else.)
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To: RobbyS

“A 100% white Obama?”

This guy makes Obama look like Michelle Bachmann.


7 posted on 11/12/2013 10:10:47 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

You know he’s nuts when Cuomo has to check him.


8 posted on 11/12/2013 10:12:33 PM PST by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: BurningOak

This guy makes Obama look like Michelle Bachmann.


Not really. Obama must restrain himself and not let his true colors shine like this Commie can.


9 posted on 11/12/2013 10:14:09 PM PST by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

NYC elected a radical Social Democrat Mayor in 1965 named John Lindsay (a Socialist Republican Congressman). He changed NYC, alright. Almost a million people flooded out of the city during and following his disastrous tenure. de Blasio is Lindsay Part Deux.


10 posted on 11/12/2013 10:15:25 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BurningOak

Not the Obama I see behind that mask.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 10:16:06 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Thunder90

Will there be any middle class people left on Manhattan by the time he leaves office?


12 posted on 11/12/2013 10:17:54 PM PST by RobbyS (quotes)
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To: Tailgunner Joe
"De Blasio promised to replace the tax after five years with another revenue stream or cuts in City spending."

ROFL! Shuuuuuuure!

13 posted on 11/12/2013 10:20:45 PM PST by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Tailgunner Joe

All true, except the first sentence. The last Democrat elected mayor was Dinkins in 1989.


14 posted on 11/12/2013 10:23:06 PM PST by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: ConjunctionJunction

Why doesn’t he just cut spending now oh that’s right because he is a liar and has no intentions of cutting spending. The leaset he could do is make the tax for 4 years the length of his term.


15 posted on 11/12/2013 10:28:31 PM PST by funfan
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To: Tailgunner Joe
I may take my kids into the city in December for some Christmas activities, but then we're probably out. My daughter was considering a NYC college in a few years, and I was going to give it a chance, but I'm not paying for college in NYC if it turns into the former 1970’s hellhole.
16 posted on 11/12/2013 11:10:43 PM PST by MacMattico
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To: Tailgunner Joe

The guy is almost a cartoon character Lefty. “Sandalista” marries angry black lesbian and honeymoons in Cuba. If someone made up that character for a spoof it would be considered over the top.

Well NY you are about to get what you deserve.


17 posted on 11/12/2013 11:28:53 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms....."e)
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To: RobbyS
“Will there be any middle class people left on Manhattan by the time he leaves office?”

There aren't any now except for single people or childless couples living in closet-sized apartments.

I'm sure DeBlasio can fix that...

18 posted on 11/12/2013 11:29:50 PM PST by varyouga
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To: Gene Eric

He’s gonna make Bloomberg look like Coolidge....


19 posted on 11/12/2013 11:30:46 PM PST by Kozak ("Send them back your fierce defiance! Stamp upon the cursed alliance! To arms, to arms....."e)
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To: Gene Eric

Worse than Bloomberg? How about ‘Detroit’ worse?


20 posted on 11/12/2013 11:38:56 PM PST by CivilWarBrewing
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To: CivilWarBrewing

Well, those folks in New York voted for him...and now they will suffer,and ain’t that toooo bad. You reap what you sow.


21 posted on 11/12/2013 11:42:04 PM PST by itssme
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To: itssme

I didn’t vote for the bastard.

And I ain’t leaving this city until we solve our ‘rat problem.


22 posted on 11/12/2013 11:56:16 PM PST by varyouga
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To: varyouga
I applaud you...you sound like a fighter, and like the New Yorkers I remember from my youth of the 40s and the 50s...tough, funny, hardworking, who believed in God and family values. I live in the Chicago area, and I remember 9/11 and how New Yorkers pulled together and made me so proud. So, what happened since then? It's as if a black cloud floated over New York City and has never left. Good luck to you and others like yourself. God bless, and if you remember all those WWII movies where the guys in the foxholes were from Flatbush and Brooklyn, well, you guys are now in a foxhole of socialism,and the fight is on your soil in New York, and it is war, the war of our lifetime. Down with socialism and up with the Constitution, our liberty and freedom. Give em’ hell, New Yorkers, you can do it!
23 posted on 11/13/2013 12:24:25 AM PST by itssme
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Thanks to an electorate of morons, NYC is headed for a competition with Moscow and Beijing as the worst collectivist sh*t hole on Planet Earth.


24 posted on 11/13/2013 2:51:46 AM PST by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

Dinkins might go down as swell mayor after this wrecker is finished.

I can see a 70’s redux coming.


25 posted on 11/13/2013 4:28:37 AM PST by OpusatFR
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To: Argus

26 posted on 11/13/2013 6:53:58 AM PST by null and void (I'm betting on an Obama Trifecta: A Nobel Peace Prize, an Impeachment, AND a War Crimes Trial...)
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To: Tailgunner Joe

bump


27 posted on 11/13/2013 7:17:19 AM PST by Oratam
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To: null and void

Thank you, that’s eminently fridge-worthy.


28 posted on 11/13/2013 8:10:51 AM PST by Argus
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To: Tailgunner Joe; Black Agnes

I am very worried about the preschool education plans. This was popular with many voters because of its free babysitting aspect (as was the after-school program). Even that would not be so bad except for the early indoctrination that will occur.


29 posted on 11/13/2013 8:37:00 AM PST by firebrand
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To: Empireoftheatom48

Yankees like you..ironically are all that can save Texas from a 75% Dem voting brown wave

the new and better carpetbagger


30 posted on 11/14/2013 8:05:39 AM PST by wardaddy (we have their bare throats....no time to go wobbly.....destroy them)
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