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Is New York’s New Mayor De Blasio Really a Lefty or Just Another Progressive Poseur?
This Can't Be Happening! ^ | January 6, 2014 | Dave Lindorff

Posted on 01/10/2014 10:18:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Time to invite Occupy back to Wall Street.

There is no question but that New York’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio, owes his landslide victory in the November election to the Occupy Movement.

It was Occupy Wall Street’s minions, hemmed in by thug-like NYPD officers armed with sidearms, clubs and pepper spray cans, who in 2011 abruptly changed the national conversation about capitalism, introducing the concept of “We are the 99%,” and focusing attention on the enormous enrichment of the top 1% of Americans at the expense of the other 99% over the past several decades, as a direct result of public policies on taxation and bank deregulation.

And it was that new focus on the country’s yawning wealth and income gap that provided De Blasio with his winning campaign theme.

It’s a sad commentary on the diminished influence and power of the left in America that De Blasio and Kshama Sawant, who won a little city council seat in the second-tier small city of Seattle (pop. 635,000) as an openly socialist candidate, are being hailed as the heroes of a resurgent progressive movement. (I don't mean to diminish the victory that Sawant has achieved, merely to point out the fact that the left in the US has to be pretty weak for us to see one city council seat going to a socialist as a big deal nationally.)

The truth is, it’s hard to know how progressive and “left” De Blasio really is. Certainly his background as a backer of the Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua beats Barack Obama’s short stint as a “community organizer,” and there are other reasons, not least the evident lack of greed in his personal life, that suggest De Blasio may be the real deal and at least a worthy heir of New York’s last truly progressive mayor, Fiorello La Guardia. But there are also troubling signs that he may not be all that he presents himself as. The most troubling of these is his chumminess with former president Bill Clinton -- the man whose presidency brought us war in Bosnia, the unravelling of habeas corpus, the beginnings of the war on terror (see Effective Death Penalty Act), the “end to welfare as we know it,” and of course, the elimination of the Glass-Steagall Act that converted banks into casinos.

Inviting Clinton to administer his oath of office was a bad sign. There were so many New Yorkers who would have been better suited for that symbolically important job -- for example Ruth Messinger, former New York City Councillor and Manhattan Borough President and a life-long fighter for progressive causes in the city, or Heidi Beghosian, executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, whose minions struggled mightily over 12 years to defend civil liberties under the onslaught of Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his riot-clad centurions. Instead of someone like them, De Blasio handed the job to a man who, like the current president, spent most of his time in office betraying whatever progressive principles the Democratic Party may have had since the time of FDR.

Bill De Blasio as a Sandinista supporter in 1988, and with his family, being sworn in as New York's new mayor in 2014.

My suggestion for New York’s new mayor is that he make a clean break with the prior Bloomberg administration by announcing that as soon as it warms up a bit, Occupy Wall Street is invited to return to the Financial District. Instead of an army of beligerant cops, and endless harassment, denied permits and endless bureaucratic impediments, he can promise them plenty of PortaPotties and only a minimum police presence as required, not to control the occupiers but to protect them from any security goons hired by the local banking establishments. He should also promise to spend some time down there with them, maybe bringing along his family and some sleeping bags to join activists as they continue to expose and denounce the predations of the “too-big-to-fail” banks that populate Lower Manhattan’s narrow canyons.

While he’s at it, De Blasio should also immediately propose legislation offering significant bounties to financial industry whistleblowers who spill the beans on any misconduct that is contributing to the city’s financial struggles, or to the illegal enrichment of the city’s financial elite.

Given that the mayor and the city council in New York determine the budgets of the district attorneys offices for each of the city’s five boroughs, De Blasio might also put the word out to Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. that he should stop pussyfooting on prosecuting financial fraud in the banking industry. Vance’s office has only brought one criminal indictment against a bank to date [1], and that was against a tiny privately-owned Chinese bank based in New York’s Chinatown -- one that, interestingly, boasts one of the lowest mortgage default rates in the nation. Although four of the nation’s largest banks -- JPMorganChase, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup -- are all headquartered in Manhattan, and are all serial criminal fraudsters, Vance has not brought a criminal case against any of those institutions and their top executives, seemingly taking his cue from the non-prosecution stance of the US Justice Department. Yet New York State’s financial laws give Vance the authority to go after criminality of any bank in his district. De Blasio should use the power of the purse to try and change Vance’s mind about his prosecutorial focus, when it comes to financial crimes.

It’s great to be optimistic, and I’m happy to see De Blasio, a man of modest means, in Gracie Mansion, and billionaire Bloomberg, America’s 10th wealthiest person, taking his leave (albeit with his net worth of $31 billion now somehow almost eight times the $4 billion it was when first won election in 2000!).

But as Ronald Reagan famously said during his nuclear weapons negotiations with the Soviet Union, it should be “trust but verify.” I want to see hard evidence that New York’s new mayor is a real progressive, and not an impostor like the man who swore him in, or like the man now in the White House.

There are good ways he can prove his leftist bonifides, and I’ve named a few of them here.


TOPICS: Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: New York
KEYWORDS: billclinton; billdeblasio; bloomberg; communists; deblasio; economy; newyork; newyorkcity; newyorkslimes; newyorktimes; occupy; occutardation; paultardation; socialism
So this guy is worried the new mayor's not as far left as we think he is?
1 posted on 01/10/2014 10:18:46 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He is a self proclaimed communist, what more do we need to know?


2 posted on 01/10/2014 10:24:38 PM PST by doc1019
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That photo of Kaiser Wilhelm taken in 1988 is rather shocking, he looks like a hippie from 1968. They can shave off their beards, take a bath and put on a suit and tie, but they’ll still be the same Communist totalitarian pig underneath.


3 posted on 01/10/2014 10:25:09 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: doc1019

bump


4 posted on 01/10/2014 10:27:05 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Well, given his history (big contributor to publications like Counterpunch, Salon and The Nation) . . .



Another one of his wacky pieces: Global Warming will save America from the Right … eventually
5 posted on 01/10/2014 10:28:32 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

This writer obviously thinks the way he does due to white privilege.


6 posted on 01/10/2014 10:52:15 PM PST by oblomov
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think it was really smart of him to not ask Ray Kelly(Effective Police Commissioner)how to effectively control the city and poll prisoners and ex-cons on how to do so. No sarcasm here. I can’t see Bratton lasting long.


7 posted on 01/10/2014 11:08:42 PM PST by o-n-money
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To: doc1019

He is a self proclaimed communist, what more do we need to know?

He is not the only one.

As of today, the second most powerful job in the city, Speaker of the City Council, traditionally a check on the power of the Mayor, has gone to Melissa Mark-Viverito, amid reports of unusual strongarm techniques by Mayor de Blasio to get her the job.

One of the founders of the Progressive Caucus on the city council, Melissa Mark-Viverito’s entire career has been devoted to the hard left and International Communists.

She took a leadership role in efforts to release the “Cuban Five”, intelligence operatives of the Cuban Government who infiltrated the Cuban Exile group Brothers to the Rescue.

She actively lobbied for the pardon and release of the FALN terrorists responsible for the Faunce’s Tavern bombing – the largest terrorist attack in the USA before the Oklahoma City attack.

She was coordinator of the movement Todo Nueva York con Vieques (All New York with Vieques – to get the US Navy out of that Puerto Rican training area), and president of Mujeres del Barrio (Women of the Ghetto)

She had previously been a paid organizer for the hard left SEIU labor union, and a union paid for her trip to Ecuador in 2009 to help Marxist candidate Evo Morales in his recount effort to take power in that country.

She is a total Communist, and she was elected unanimously. No one dared to diverge from party discipline in the City Council today. The party seems firmly in the control of the Bolshevik wing.

They may spend a few more weeks consolidating power and packing operatives into top positions, but soon the disastrous policies will begin to emerge, and those who can will begin the flight of brains and capital out of the City. The political old guard got the message today – with party discipline that would fit right in, downtown in Pyongyang.

They will bankrupt the treasury, enrich their cronies, tax the productive, swell the welfare rolls, corrupt the justice system and compromise or completely destroy the anti-terrorist capabilities of the NYPD.

We have had such subversives in Government before, but now they are at the top of the ticket.


8 posted on 01/10/2014 11:16:08 PM PST by BeauBo
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To: BeauBo

The Circus Train has crashed


9 posted on 01/10/2014 11:17:32 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Leftist, Progressive, communist. All the same thing, Dave.


10 posted on 01/10/2014 11:29:10 PM PST by TigersEye (Stupid is a Progressive disease.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

If Blaz takes this advice, the new headquarters of all those evil Wall Street wolves will be Hoboken.


11 posted on 01/10/2014 11:34:37 PM PST by Argus
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Tell him not to worry, DeBlasio’s a communist. And from what I read today he strong armed the City Council to put his gal in as Speaker (I think that’s the title, too lazy to double check). She’s a commie too.

Good luck NYC!


12 posted on 01/10/2014 11:43:55 PM PST by jocon307
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Let's just cut to the chase, Blasio is a flaming Communist.
13 posted on 01/10/2014 11:52:44 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: jonrick46
I cut too far to the chase: DeBlasio is a flaming Communist (can't misspell his name).
14 posted on 01/10/2014 11:58:34 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
There is no question but that New York’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio, owes his landslide victory in the November election to the Occupy Movement.

This typist pinned the idiot meter with his first sentence.

The Occupy Movement has affected absolutely nothing except the stores that went out of business because of the smelly hippies sleeping on their doorstep.

De Blasio is mayor because he was the most leftist candidate in a city that is 80% lefty and too stupid to remember all the way back to the Dinkins years.

15 posted on 01/10/2014 11:59:39 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
he can promise them plenty of PortaPotties

Don't need them.


16 posted on 01/11/2014 12:01:29 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
This article had to be written. It is standard procedure to inoculate the left from their failures by claiming that they were not lefty enough. Recent examples include the claim that the stimulus was not large enough, that the Obamacare is not single payer, hence the problems, and solar subsidies are too small.

In 2-3 years when New York returns to it's former crap-hole status before Giuliani, they will be able to claim it is because Blasio wasn't a true progressive. Just standard procedure, nothing to see here.

17 posted on 01/11/2014 1:34:27 AM PST by BRK
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Here again we see word gymnastics to cover reality. Left you say, why can’t you call him what he really is - a dyed in the wool communist?


18 posted on 01/11/2014 3:50:48 AM PST by iontheball
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To: BeauBo

So they are basically a slightly-harder-Left version of the Administration in Washington.

Unsurprising, really.


19 posted on 01/11/2014 4:35:57 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: doc1019
"He is a self proclaimed communist, what more do we need to know?"

That is ALL I need to know.
No trips to the big apple fer this ole country boy.
OK I never planned any trips there anyway.

20 posted on 01/11/2014 4:40:15 AM PST by DeaconRed (GOD: Please send us one more Ronald Reagan. Soon. Thanks Deacon Red. PS It ain't Christie. . .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A lefty is a lefty whether you call him a Communist or a Progressive. They eat from the same bowl.


21 posted on 01/11/2014 4:45:58 AM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Anyone who uses the phrase “national conversation” (an ambiguity on the same scale as “global warming”) is only worth listening to in order to get a reading on where the loonie tune Left is at this particular moment.

I would also postulate that the argument that an elected official is not “left enough” made by a radical is simply a hedge against the coming failure of that official to improve the general condition of the citizenry.

Even the wiseguys on the Left know that leftie remedies are doomed to fail. So, they must prepare accordingly.


22 posted on 01/11/2014 5:15:19 AM PST by PaleoBob
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To: FreedomPoster
So they are basically a slightly-harder-Left version of the Administration in Washington.

Not harder, just more open about it.

23 posted on 01/11/2014 5:18:42 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

I can buy that!


24 posted on 01/11/2014 7:00:16 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s a straight up communist marx disciple.


25 posted on 01/11/2014 1:26:43 PM PST by Organic Panic
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> There is no question but that New York’s new mayor, Bill De Blasio, owes his landslide victory in the November election to the Occupy Movement.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.

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