Skip to comments.Mayor DiBlasio Promises to Tackle NYC's 'Inequality Crisis'
Posted on 01/03/2014 5:11:48 AM PST by IbJensen
(Former President Bill Clinton, left, administers the oath of office to New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, right, on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in New York.)
(CNSNews.com) - President Bill Clinton administered the oath of office to Democrat Bill de Blasio on Wednesday, at the formal swearing-in ceremony for New York City's 109th mayor.
De Blasio thanked his own family, then promised "our larger New York family" that he would end what he called the city's "inequality crisis."
He said his mission reaches "deeper" than keeping neighborhoods safe and streets clean: "We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York."
Invoking New York's tradition of activist leadership, de Blasio mentioned reformers such as Al Smith, Jacob Riis and Eleanor Roosevelt "who challenged the status quo, who blazed a trail of progressive reform and political action, who took on the elite, who stood up to say that social and economic justice will start here and will start now.
"It's that tradition that inspires the work we now begin. A movement that sees the inequality crisis we face today, and resolves that it will not define our future. Now I know there are those who think that what I said during the campaign was just rhetoric, just political talk in the interest of getting elected. There are some who think now, as we turn to governing - well, things will continue pretty much like they always have.
"So let me be clear. When I said we would take dead aim at the Tale of Two Cities, I meant it. And we will do it. I will honor the faith and trust you have placed in me. And we will give life to the hope of so many in our city. We will succeed as One City."
De Blasio said he will:
-- expand paid sick leave to an additional 300,000 New Yorkers;
-- require "big developers" to build more affordable housing;
-- reduce the number of hospital closures and expand community health centers into poor neighborhoods;
-- "reform" the city's stop-and-frisk policy;
-- impose a five-year tax hike on the "very wealthy" to fund full-day universal pre-k and after-school programs for every middle school student.
De Blasio said people earning between $500,000 and one million dollars a year would see their taxes increase by an average of $973 a year. "[W]e do not ask more of the wealthy to punish success. We do it to create more success stories," he said.
The new mayor noted that New York has faced many crises, including fiscal collapse, crime, terror attacks and natural disasters: "But now, in our time, we face a different crisis - an inequality crisis. It's not often the stuff of banner headlines in our daily newspapers. It's a quiet crisis, but one no less pernicious than those that have come before."
He talked about rebuilding communities from the bottom-up and marching "toward a fairer, more just, more progressive place" to "keep the promise of New York alive for the next generation."
According to the Associated Press, former President Bill Clinton -- accompanied by his wife Hillary Clinton -- "received a raucous ovation and spoke highly of de Blasio's agenda, perhaps in an attempt to burnish the liberal credentials of himself and his wife as the Democratic Party seems to be shifting leftward."
In his remarks before administering the oath to de Blasio, Clinton said he "strongly" endorses de Blasio's commitment to creating a city of "shared opportunities, shared prosperity, shared responsibilities."
"And this inequality problem bedevils the entire country, and I can tell you from my work, much of the world," Clinton said. He called inequality a moral outrage and a "horrible constraint on economic growth." He also said it undermines the effort to "tackle problems like climate change."
De Blasio took his oath by placing his hand on the Bible once used by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
To quote the AP again: "De Blasio's tenure will be closely watched by liberals throughout the country who are eager to see how the nation's largest city may be reshaped."
Democrats always need a poor class to cater to but keep poor so they can continue to get elected. This is a democrat problem brought on by tax and spend and wound to tomb liberalism. And the new mayor proposed more liberalism, more tax and spend and more invasion of liberties in order to "fix" the problem. It will never end.
How utterly ridiculous to have an impeached socialist president swear in an avowed communist as mayor of what once was a great American city when Giuliani was mayor. Who the cat in the afro hairdo is anyone's guess.
de Blasio changed his name years ago (formerly Dutch) to an Italian name, which was better for running for office in NYC.
So now he is the duly elected mayor of America's biggest city. Good luck, New York, you're the next Detroit!
What was his name before he changed it ?
He sure has his work cut out for him, considering that NYC has more income inequality than any other place in the country!
“The new mayor noted that New York has faced many crises..”
And now they will face the DeBlasio crises, a crises of their own making.
GOOD LUCK NYC! My beloved home town, so sorry to see you go full commie!
“Democrats always need a poor class to cater to but keep poor so they can continue to get elected. “.......
Keep ‘em on the plantation. Since there are far more “parasites” than those who would work to earn their living and create jobs for those who WANT to work, I see the new mayor’s plan as a nail in the coffin for NY.
> He said his mission reaches “deeper” than keeping neighborhoods safe and streets clean: “We are called to put an end to economic and social inequalities that threaten to unravel the city we love. And so today, we commit to a new progressive direction in New York.”
By extorting more tax dollars from taxpayers that suffer white guilt syndrome. Parading a young black man with a big ‘fro and other minorities o make it appear he stands with the minorities. Haven’t we been given the same speech by a wolf in sheep’s clothing in the WH who stands with Islam before?
And when DiBlasio wonders why many people have packed their bags and left New York City, he could face a pretty angry electorate in no time flat.
That was his son.
His birth name is Warren Wilhelm, Jr.
Just start calling him Mayor Wilhelm Wilhelm
For those who may have forgotten what kind of a President Bill Clinton was:
1) Clintons own words show his often expressed innate hostility to, and utter contempt for, the core principles of the American founding:
``If the personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution inhibit the governments ability to govern the people, we should look to limit those guarantees. -- President Bill Clinton, August 12, 1993
``The purpose of government is to reign in the rights of the people - Bill Clinton during an interview on MTV in 1993
``We cant be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans that we forget about reality. -- President Bill Clinton, quoted in USA Today, March 11, 1993, Page 2A, ``NRA change: `Omnipotent to powerful by Debbie Howlett
When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly that they would work for the common good, as well as for the individual welfare However, now theres a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say theres too much freedom. When personal freedoms being abused, you have to move to limit it. Bill Clinton, April 19, 1995
2) Clinton inevitably pursued his own political advantage at the expense of American interests and national security. Here is just one of many possible examples:
It is well documented that Clinton and the Democrats took illegal campaign money from groups and individuals tied directly to the Chinese Peoples Republican Army. It is therefore not surprising that In January 1998 Clinton went against the advice of then-Secretary of State Warren Christopher and Pentagon experts by lifting long-standing restrictions against the export of American satellites to China for launch on Chinese rockets. Not only did he move control over such decisions from the more security-focused State Department to the Commerce Department, but he intervened in a Justice Department investigation of Loral Space & Communications, retroactively enabling Loral to sell critical missile technology to the Chinese. Interestingly enough, Clintons decision was made at the request of Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz, whose earlier $1.3 million campaign donation made him the single biggest contributor to the Democratic election effort.
The result, as stated eloquently by syndicated columnist Linda Bowles, was that the Democrats got money from satellite companies and from Chinese communists; China got supercomputors, advanced production equipment and missile technology; Loral got its satellites launched at bargain basement prices . . . and the transfer of sensitive missile technology gave China [for the first time] the capability of depositing bombs on American cities. Incidentally, Loral ultimately failed to benefit from this permanent injury to Americas security interests: in July 2003, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and in order to raise cash was forced to sell its most profitable business a fleet of communications satellites orbiting over North America.
3) On two occasions, Clinton used military action for the specific purpose of distracting the American public from the fallout of the Lewinsky affair:
On August 20, three days after Clinton finally admitted publicly to the Lewinsky affair, the news media was poised to focus on that days grand jury testimony by Monica Lewinsky. That same morning, Clinton personally went on national television to gravely announce his bombing of a Sudanese chemical weapons factory, and a terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. It was the first time most Americans ever heard the name of Osama bin Laden. The factory bombing in Sudan killed an innocent night watchman, but accomplished little else. It later was proven that the plant was making badly needed pharmaceuticals for people in that poverty-stricken part of the world, but no chemical weapons.
Several months later, the U.S. Center for Nonproliferation Studies, part of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, stated: "...the evidence indicates that the facility had no role whatsoever in chemical weapons development." Kroll Associates, one of the world's most reputable investigative firms, also confirmed that there was no link in any way between the plant and any terrorist organization. As for the Afghanistan bombing, it failed to do any damage at all to bin Laden or his organization. Clintons action was accurately characterized by George W. Bush when he said right after 9-11: "When I take action, Im not going to fire a $2 million missile at a $10 empty tent and hit a camel in the butt.
Clintons pointless and murderous military actions did not make Americans safer that day, although they did destroy an innocent life, and for all the good they did certainly could have been delayed in any case. But they did succeed in diverting media attention from Lewinskys grand jury testimony for a 24-hour news cycle, which was the main point. So I guess, they werent a total loss.
On December 16, 1998, on the eve of the scheduled House vote on his impeachment, Bill Clinton launched a surprise bombing attack on Baghdad. As justification for this exploit, he cited the urgent threat that Saddams weapons of mass destruction posed to America, and the need for immediate action. Almost immediately, the House Democrats held a caucus and emerged calling for a delay in the impeachment proceedings. House minority leader Dick Gephardt made a statement: "We obviously should pass a resolution by saying that we stand behind the troops. I would hope that we do not take up impeachment until the hostilities have completely ended."
Conveniently, a delay so near the end of the House term would have caused the vote to be taken up in the next session when the newly elected House membership would be seated with more Democratic representation, thereby improving Clintons chances of dodging impeachment.
The Republicans did, in fact, agree to delay the hearings, but only for a day or two. Amazingly, Clinton ended the bombing raid after only 70 hours -- once it became clear that in spite of the brief delay, the vote would still be held in the current session.
Once the bombing stopped, Clinton touted the effectiveness and importance of the mission. As reported by ABC News : We have inflicted significant damage on Saddam's weapons of mass destruction programs, on the command structures that direct and protect that capability, and on his military and security infrastructure, he said. Defense secretary William Cohen echoed the point: We estimate that Saddam's missile program has been set back by at least a year.
Whether or not one buys Clintons assessment of that mission, it is difficult to believe that its timing was so critical that it required commencement virtually at the moment the House was scheduled to vote on the impeachment. I think the most reasonable conclusion is that Clinton cynically deployed US military assets and placed military personnel in harms way for purely political reasons.
4) Clintons reckless sexual behavior was a threat to American national security:
Clinton and his supporters have been very effective in persuading large numbers of Americans that the Lewinsky scandal was only about sex. But I see a bigger issue here, because Clinton is on record as saying that he would have done anything to keep knowledge of the Lewinsky affair from becoming public.
To me, that statement raises a very serious question: What if, instead of sending her recorded Lewinsky conversations to Ken Starr, Linda Tripp had instead secretly offered them for sale, say, to the Chinese government? Or to the Russians? Or even to agents of Saddam?
What kind of blackmail leverage would those tapes have provided to a foreign government in dealing with America on sensitive trade, security or military issues? One of the few things Clinton ever said that I believe is that he would have done anything to keep the Lewinsky affair secret. Given his demonstrated track record of selling out American interests for personal or political gain (and there are more examples that I could have cited here), how far would he have gone in compromising Americas real interests in order to protect his own neck when threatened with blackmail?
Pretty far, I believe. Equally distressing is the prospect Clinton might, in fact, have succumbed to foreign black mail on other occasions in order to hide different sexual episodes that ultimately did not become public. There is no way to know, of course, but I prefer presidents for whom such a scenario is not a plausible possibility.
And dont even get me started on the war crime in Kosovo.
WAR IN KOSOVO
During Bill Clintons 1999 NATO-led war in Kosovo which according to some estimates cost as much as $75 billion we bombed Belgrade for 78 days, killed almost 3,000 civilians, and shredded the civilian infrastructure (including every bridge across the Danube.)
We devastated the environment, bombed the Chinese embassy, came very close to engaging in armed combat against Russian forces, and in general, pursued a horrific and inhumane strategy to rain misery on the civilian population of Belgrade in order to pressure Milosevic into surrendering.
Why did we do all that? The US did not even have an arguable interest in the Balkans, and no one ever tried to claim that Serbia represented any kind of threat to our nation or our interests.
But for months the Clinton administration had told us that Milosevic was waging a vicious genocide against Albanian Muslims, and needed to be stopped. The New York Times called it a humanitarian war. In March 1999 the same month that the bombing started Clintons State Department publicly suggested that as many as 500,000 Albanian Kosovars had been murdered by Milosevics regime. In May of that year, as the bombing campaign was drawing to a close, Secretary of Defense William Cohen lowered that estimate 100,000.
Five years after the bombing, after all the forensic investigations had been completed, the prosecutors at Milosevics War Crimes trial in the Hague were barely been able to document a questionable figure of perhaps 5,000 bodies and body parts. During the war, the American people were told that Kosovo was full of mass graves filled with the bodies of murdered Albanian Muslims. But none were ever found.
BILL CLINTON ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE
During the election cycle of 1992, George H.W. Bush lost his job after Bill Clinton hammered him relentlessly for having caused the worst economy of the last 50 years.
In fact, as CNNs Brooke Jackson has reported: Three days before Christmas 1992, the National Bureau of Economic Research finally issued its official proclamation that the recession had ended 21 months earlier. What became the longest boom in U.S. history actually began nearly two years before Clinton took office. See (See http://www.cnn.com/2001/US/10/31/jackson.recession.primer.otsc/).
By the same token, Clinton is generally perceived as having a stellar economic record during his own presidency, in spite of the fact that the economy was already starting to decline during the last year of his term after the stock market crashed in March 2000.
According to a report by MSNBC: The longest economic expansion in U.S. history faltered so much in the summer of 2000 that business output actually contracted for one quarter, the government said Wednesday in releasing a comprehensive revision of the gross domestic product. Based on new data, the Commerce Department said that the GDP the countrys total output of goods and services shrank by 0.5 percent at an annual rate in the July-September quarter of 2000. See: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3676690/ns/business-stocks_and_economy/t/gdp-figures-revised-downward/.
Any wise , self sufficient person would be running as fast as his/her little feet could carry them out of nyc. The word “detroit” come to mind.
The worst of all is he is for that stupid soda ban or ban on large drinks. That is so dumb. The other thing is adding 973 dollars a year on to the taxes of 500,000 a year folks. That does not sound like much but they leave out how much they are currently paying. Figures.
By his, cough, formerly lesbian wife. Hang on, they’re born with it?? Oh dear, what the heck is going on?
I was hearing this on the news to and was stumped and so confused over this lol. I thought people were born gay like the media has been saying for years. The media didn’t even question this one bit on her “change of sexual attraction”. I thought again .figures.
It’s HIS son!
Rationing ‘equality’-—good luck with that big Bill, Savior of NYC. Barf...,
Are there enough people in NYC who earn more than $500,000 to fund full day pre K with only $973 dollars each? How much will t cost for each kid, and how many kids are there? I predict massive increases for anyone paying taxes in NYC, and I’m no psychic.
This has nothing to do with the story, but just how tall is that dude? Clinton is 6’2” for reference, so he seems damn tall. Or is he standing on a platform?
Yup. Inequity will only go UP despite all the measures he puts in place to [supposedly] combat it. Because all the measures are counterproductive and he probably knows it. He was sworn in by President NAFTA himself. How did that work out for the middle class, Bill?
Bu wait, there’s more fakery: he was born Warren Wilhelm. The Italian name is from his mother (more Italian votes in NY than German), “Bill” is plucked straight out of nowhere. Let a conservative try this kind of crap...
They’re both standing in a hole as far as I am concerned burrowing their way into hell!
You don’t solve income inequality by making more poor people.
Pray America is Waking
Van der asshole as far as I know.
Also has more work inequality as there are more not working expected to be taken care of then working.
He didn’t look Dutch.
His hairdo is a flashback to several decades ago.
This may be the best gift we could hope for going into the 2016 elections -- assuming Hillary doesn't throw her commie budd under the bus when violent crime sky-rockets, employers and jobs head south, and the liberal wealthy elite abandon NYC for Florida, Texas, and other low-tax states.
I ignorantly didn’t think of that. You are spot on. There is no way that amount will cover the pre-K. They will see an even bigger increase in the coming years. Of course most of the 500K types probably voted for the Republican. Such a shame.
“By extorting more tax dollars from taxpayers that suffer white guilt syndrome. “
Give the wealthy NY progressives (like Bill Clinton) who fund the Democrat Party and preach to the rest of us about the need to be fair a real test of redistribution theory. To end wealth inequality, the new mayor should start taxing accumulated assets (i.e. net worth) instead of income. Tell all the people with a net worth of some arbitrary number, say over $5,000,000, the city will be taking 20% of their stocks, bonds, bank accounts and property per year to redistribute. Then the city can simply write checks to the “poor” and lower income people. Let’s do this for 5 years and check back in.
1) Will the wealthy Wall Street Bankers and limousine liberals stay in the city and gladly part with their accumulated wealth for the greater good?
2) Will the poor, with a significant increase in disposable income, save and invest their new found wealth or will they squander it on bling, cars, electronics, and drugs?
Liberals always talk about soaking the rich but they never go after the billions of dollars of accumulated wealth in the hands of the few they claim are stealing from the poor. Instead, they always raise marginal tax rates on the middle class claiming they are punishing the rich with higher taxes. Just once I’d like to see them really take a shot at true redistribution, particularly in a liberal city like NY or San Francisco. Let the American people see the horror of what really happens when Marxism is really implemented.
I say, CRANK IT DOWN, DiBlasio!
Squeeze everyone with your commie ideas.
Remember, though, you didn’t build the wall, first, to keep the people who make your city work from moving.
Bill de Blasio is 6 foot 5 inches tall.
> His wife is black. I think the young man may be hers or a relative of hers.
That says something in itself but the intended message is still clear. Somehow I doubt he or his cronies will pay their “fair share”. He’s ust another self-entitled political liar like the rest of them. I don’t think these guys really get elected by “The People”. I think they get elected by the people who pay the voting machine manufacturers the most.
Thanks for the info.
He definitely looks taller in that photo. I suppose that is because he is on a slightly raised platform or the camera angle makes him appear a little taller.
Wilhelm - a name of German / Dutch name origin, eh?
In the Commie’s defense, his dad walked out on him and DeBlasio is his mom’s maiden name. Gerald Ford did the same thing for the same reason.
Soon the words ‘elections have consequences’ will all be written in all caps with exclamation points.
And I’m sure that Bill Clinton used to be 6’2” but he has aged and had health problems. I bet he’s closer to 6’ now.
Remember, for a socialist “tackling inequality” means eliminating the middle class.
Too bad there aren’t enough New Yorkers with functional brains that walked out on this disaster.
John Lindsay -- who began as a liberal Republican -- was mayor from January 1, 1966 to December 31, 1973. David Dinkins was mayor from January 1, 1990 to December 31, 1993.
de Blasio is Dinkins 2.0.
This should be fun to watch (from anywhere except inside New York City!)
Crime will rise, but that’s all right, cuz it’s just ‘income redistribution’.
I’m not going anywhere near New York as long as the marxist is in control.
They were showing parts of his speech on the news last night and I turned to hubby and said....friggin hypocrits. Everyone of the ba$tards talking about income equality are millionaires and I don’t see them giving their money away.
Son looks like Stokely Carmichal with a really bad fro; the daughter is a potential suicide from a drug overdose, the wife???? is a lesbian; he’s the jolly green giant without clothes; what could possibly go wrong here???????????
Amazing that a majority of American voters would turn cities and the nation over to historically incompetent Marxist imbeciles.
warren something or other....I think his father was Jewish.....as we know, the top 500 officers in the Bolshevik revolution were Jewish....
> Just once Id like to see them really take a shot at true redistribution, particularly in a liberal city like NY or San Francisco. Let the American people see the horror of what really happens when Marxism is really implemented.
I predict there’d would be an awful lot of gay liberal millionaires in those cities who would be be pissed and stop donating to their mayors and other elected officials if that happened...thats the reason they’ll never go after the wealthy plus the fact they can actually hire a decent attorney who doesn’t want to “cut deals” favorable to the wealth of the court system.
Of course you do, that's exactly how it's done in every communist country. When all is said and done, the only people living comfortably will be those who "work" for the government.
And yet he was still so much better than 0.