New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio went to Nicaragua in the late 1980’s to support the Soviet-backed Sandinista regime (but grace forbid we should infer from that that he is ideologically aligned toward Communism). He apparently learned much from his mentors. His recent State of the City address reads like Hillary’s Christmas list, and validates my characterization of the Democrat Value Proposition: “We will take money away from people you don’t like and spend it on you.”
We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K.
We will provide quality extended learning programs for every middle-schooler.
And for this, we won’t wait. We have a detailed plan to put this program into effect THIS September.
And we will do this by asking those who make more than a half-million dollars a year to pay a little more in taxes.
Ask? I was rather under the impression that taxes were somewhat mandatory.
We do not do this to punish success. We do it to create more success stories.
Government cannot force success onto people; people will succeed according to their talent, abilities, and social connections. Government can only impede people from reaching their full potential. These schemes to keep kids (whom he creepily refers to as “little flowers” [Woody Allen on line 2]} in school longer won’t make any of them more successful, but it will create more jobs on the public payroll for his political supporters. New York Public Schools, by the way, have been cutting programs for gifted and talented students because it’s been judged as unfair and counter to the diversity ideal to enable some students to achieve more than others.
Mr. de Blasio is also obsessed with “income inequality,” which is the latest Democrat buzzphrase; based on the idea that it is just unfair that people who work harder and make better choices in life have more money than those who don’t. In Venezuela, the government has pretty much licked the income inequality problem. The result is people rioting over milk in empty grocery stores.