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April 24, 2018

The Morning Rant: J.V. Edition

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As most honest New Yorkers would admit, the city is fast decaying into a funhouse mirror reflection of the 1970s and 1980s. The wealthy have their enclaves, but even they are increasingly garbage-filled and rat-infested. The roads are decaying, the uncontrolled construction and the carefully-laid plans to destroy automobile traffic has made driving a nightmare, and the explosion of homeless and the decriminalization of low-level crime has brought back fears that new Yorkers haven't felt in a generation.

The great exodus out of America's blue cities

With between up to 50 percent of their paycheck going to a combination of federal, local and city taxes, not including other consumer taxes baked into every aspect of their consumer practices, residents don't even have the comfort of knowing that their tax expenditures are going to the improvement of their lives in the city. New York infamously misuses the hard-earned tax revenues of its citizens in ways that scarcely benefit them.

Eventually, city and state taxes, fees, and regulations become so burdensome that people and corporations jump ship. More people are currently fleeing New York than any other metropolitan area in the nation. More than 1 million people have moved out of New York City since 2010 in search of greener pastures, which amounts to a negative net migration rate of 4.4 percent.

Go to any busy midtown Manhattan intersection during rush hour. Count the number of traffic officers compared to the number of parking enforcement clerks (because that's really what they are). The city is more interested in its revenue stream than in smoothing traffic flow.

Then check a street with those awful "No Parking from 9:00am to 11:00am" signs. That is so the street is clear for sweeping. But the sweepers never come...just the parking ticket people.

And how to get from midtown to a more residential neighborhood? Take a subway. But don't bother buying a ticket, because jumping the turnstiles will not get you arrested!

I saw the first iteration of New York City's descent into madness, and I have no desire to see it repeated. But De Blasio and his crooked cronies simply don't care about the middle class, who make up most of the city's population. They cater to the ultra-rich and to the rabid leftists who keep them in power.

It is a sad time, mostly because the normals enjoyed years of a vibrant, clean and safe city, so we have a stark comparison to make.


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