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Crony Corruption in just 5 days

Communist NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio began his term in office by promising to ban horse-drawn carriages from the streets of NYC because he couldn’t bear to see the poor little horsies suffer.

As it turns out, one of Comrade de Blasio’s very, very wealthy and deep-pocketed campaign financiers has been pushing a ban on horse-drawn carriages for years… so he can buy the stables where they are kept and develop worker’s housing for the proletariat upscale residential and retail properties.

The bad guy in this drama, according to the carriage drivers, is Steve Nislick, former chief executive officer of a New Jersey-based real-estate development company, Edison Properties.* The company “employs legions of lobbyists to influence city decisions on real estate and zoning in its favor,” journalist Michael Gross reported in 2009, pointing out that two of Edison’s businesses “have multiple locations in the same Far West Midtown neighborhood as the stables where the Central Park horses are housed.” An anti-carriage pamphlet Nislick circulated in 2008 made this interesting observation: “Currently, the stables consist of 64,000 square feet of valuable real estate on lots that could accomodate up to 150,000 square feet of development. These lots could be sold for new development.”

Read the whole thing.

Left-wing populist demogoguery has always been a great prophylactic against media curiosity about shady financial dealings; just ask Warren Buffett.

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6 Comments

  1. Why am I not the least bit phased….

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 7, 2014 @ 8:20 pm - January 7, 2014

  2. Too many conservative commentators are giving this man the benefit of the doubt, and are saying he is a naive ideologue. This proves that he is a deceitful kombinator who hides behind a facade of benevolence and morality to mask the immorality of his actions.

    We have descended to the level of a Central American banana republic where greedy and stupid citizens elect the candidate who promises them the most, without regard for how much the candidate makes the country bleed, so long as they get what they want. How can we ever recover from this?

    Comment by Sean — January 7, 2014 @ 10:31 pm - January 7, 2014

  3. Panem et circenses my friends, panem et circenses.

    Comment by Juan — January 7, 2014 @ 11:20 pm - January 7, 2014

  4. Chavez on the Hudson.

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — January 8, 2014 @ 1:57 am - January 8, 2014

  5. My, my. Look what else has turned up about the would be Council Speaker.

    http://nypost.com/2014/01/08/mark-viverito-lobbied-on-behalf-of-cuban-spies/

    Comment by Richard Bell — January 8, 2014 @ 9:38 am - January 8, 2014

  6. I have made this comment over the years, but people forget about a particularly awful politician after 30 years. Many of those people were not born or were children when the creep was in office. Think Jimmy Carter. We did have another catastrophic Dem in the Oval Office for another 28 years. Then we had one great and one OK mayor in NYC. But those under the age of 35 don’t recall the s***hole NYC was, and they voted for the Communist. Wait four years and see how many of those no information voters will pull the lever for someone else.

    Comment by davinci — January 8, 2014 @ 11:56 pm - January 8, 2014

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