Friday, July 20, 2012
All Hail, Julius Bloomberg!
From NY Civic:
He is scrupulously honest, of course. He never takes a dime. But while he does good, he has many powerful and rich friends who do well under City policies. He uses his wealth with no more caution than Julius Caesar used his armies. He gets done what needs to get done, using money. When it was necessary to have “popular” support for his term-limits repeal in 2009, the word was passed to certain churches that receive Michael Bloomberg’s personal philanthropy, and their parishioners showed up at City Hall to support the arcane law change.
Michael Bloomberg seems to consider the United States Bill of Rights as an unwanted intrusion upon his power. The First Amendment right to assemble, and the Fourth Amendment right to be secure in one’s possessions are annoyances to him, not jewels in our crown of freedom. The relationship between the New York Police Department and many parts of our population is going downhill fast.
Bloomberg’s leadership of the New York public schools has been a disaster. The details of the chaos will need a whole column, or maybe a book. But suffice to say that the Mayor who once boasted loudly of how he was going to straighten out the city’s schools is now urging parents to take their children out of the very schools that he himself runs and put them in charter schools. Is that not abject surrender? Is it anything else?
His creation of the “High Line” park, his street closings, his promotion of bicycles, his anti-smoking measures all have the tone of a modern day reformer. But they are really distractions from the city’s real problems – crime, injustice, class polarization, lack of low-income housing, rock bound poverty, etc. These all go on, yet there seems to be no relief from his good advice.