New York City

Mayor de Blah-sio, or Oblasio?

Featured image H.L. Mencken’s line that “democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard” comes to mind when looking at New York and Washington right now.  Americans seem to need to be reminded every now and then just what high octane liberalism is like, but better if this laboratory of liberalism is confined to New York City, Illinois, Detroit, etc. »

Inequality — a necessary ingredient of New York’s greatness

Featured image At his inauguration, New York’s new mayor Bill DeBlasio denounced the city’s economic inequality. He seemed to argue that to remain truly great, New York must remedy income inequality. I submit, however, that New York is great in part because of income inequality. The wealth at the top end of the economic spectrum clearly has played a major role in the city’s greatness. For one thing, the very rich have »

Happy New Year: Can I Have the Old One Back?

Featured image 2014 is just a few hours old, but we’ve already got the apparent winner for the Nanny of the Year, and it’s New York’s brand new mayor Bill de Blasio.  According to the NY Daily News, de Blasio wants to do Bloomberg one better in the authoritarianism department by shutting down all of the city’s remaining horse-drawn carriages: Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio vowed to act quickly to abolish horse-drawn carriages »

School will soon be out in New York City

Featured image My conservative cousin from New York is basically an optimist, as befits a true Reaganite. But right now he’s far from optimistic about the New York City mayoral race or about the city’s future. The analysis appears below. For more on the radicalism of the man New York almost certainly will elect mayor, see Stanley Kurtz. The chances of Joe Lhota the GOP candidate for New York City Mayor winning »