From True News from ChangeNYC.Org:
The increasing power and resources of elected officials, the collapse of the political parties and the weakness of the press to pressure dysfunctional government that services only lobbyists and their clients has created a permanent ruling class, which has extinguished the trademark New York anger and healthy skepticism that once made this city the center of the world.
Remember when Joe forced the State to role back planned rent increases for Co-op city? Or took over a firehouse in Brooklyn that the city planned to close? Will anyone ever forget the Joe Queens’ reaction to John Lindsay when the plows never came after a big snow storm? You can remember Joe the cabdriver, he gave you the complete history of American and NY Government and what a bum he thought each politician was before the meter even hit five dollars.
Today’s Joe is more like the middle class who left the city after being pushed out by the developers and lobbyists who pay off the pols. Today's Joe is the New Yorker who sat silently and passively while his/her own twice-cast vote was summarily ignored and denied by the City Council as it did the Mayor's bidding, passing the term limits extension in spite of polls indicating that the public was against it to the tune of 89%.
The infrastructure that gave old Joe the cab driver his fire and skepticism is gone. He had newspaper competition filled with gutsy reports to keep him informed without the impediment of today’s public relations filters, which make reporters into happy-talk mouth pieces for those in power. Old Joe had a political machine that needed his vote to survive. All today’s party leaders need is control of who gets on their ballot lines. Old taxi driver Joe did not have the political industrial complex that was created in the 1960’s to control the ways in which the billions in government funds are spent. Old Joe did not have pols who used the government funds (member items) they control to buy support and votes in their communities.
In 2008 change occurred on the federal level because voters were angry at Bush and the Republicans. If New Yorkers do not get mad we will still have dysfunctional city and state governments in New York in 2030, but there will not be much else left.