DiBlasio Bans Carriages; Horses Face Slaughter

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Outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving his successor a long history of outrageous bureaucratic proclamations. Although many of his ridiculous proposals were almost immediately shot down, he was able to enact several pieces of legislation that resulted in his popular nickname “Nanny Bloomberg.”

In fact, his last act before leaving office was signing a bill outlawing electronic cigarette use anywhere traditional cigarettes are banned – which is virtually everywhere in New York. Despite the fact such devices release only water vapor and pose no known public risks, Bloomberg apparently cannot resist the urge to prohibit things.

Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio, however, will not be outdone. A man with documented ties to communism, De Blasio has declared the city’s horse-drawn carriage services “over,” promising to ban the rides popular among tourists in the Central Park area.

While he and some radical activist groups believe horses are mistreated in the industry, drivers insist the animals are in good hands and receive the care they deserve.

Still, De Blasio is determined to put those employed in the industry out of work, likely guaranteeing the slaughter of at least some of the approximately 200 horses currently pulling carriages.

As the New York Post reported, horse upkeep is expensive. Without the revenue from carriage rides, owners might be forced to put the majestic animals down.

Of course, leftist policies often cause larger problems than they ostensibly solve. Nevertheless, committed ideologues like De Blasio demand their subjects abide by whatever fleeting notion passes through their mind.

Horse-drawn carriages have been a key feature of New York City for many years. It represents just one more aspect of the Big Apple being destroyed by rampant leftism. Combined with one of the nation’s highest tax rates and an exorbitant cost of living, perhaps it is no wonder the metropolitan hub is losing residents at an alarming rate.

Following the effects of the Bloomberg and De Blasio administrations, the nation’s most populous city will likely be little more than the husk of its former greatness.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Styrofoam: Bloomberg’s Latest Victim

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Though he will soon be replaced by Bill de Blasio, a Democrat with socialist ties, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apparently wants America to remember that he is in favor of an invasive government, too.

Criticized for a number of failed attempts to regulate or ban certain purchases, including soft drinks, his opponents have bestowed upon him the appropriate moniker of “Nanny Bloomberg.” Among his final proposals in office is a call to prohibit one ubiquitous product that should ensure his nickname is safe for years to come.

Bloomberg has organized a hearing set for next week that would prevent New Yorkers from using Styrofoam containers. A group of city council members serving on the sanitation committee will hear the proposal, which Bloomberg’s representatives claim will reduce waste.

Still, the foam products used by many retailers serve a vital purpose and are far more cost-effective than other options. One restaurant owner said she uses them “because they’re great at keeping food fresh and because they’re economical.”

Rosemary Nunez explained she feels that this “is just another example of the administration trampling on the interests of the people who create jobs in the city.”

Obviously, if Styrofoam is made illegal, entrepreneurs will be forced to switch to another product and pass the cost increases on to their customers. Given New York’s outrageous cost of living and confiscatory tax system, any increase in prices could have widespread repercussions to the local restaurant industry. Studies show that the total cost of replacing these products with the next cheapest substitute would be close to $100 million.

Furthermore, more than 1,000 employees in the New York Styrofoam industry would undoubtedly face an insecure working environment.

These consequences have little bearing in the decision-making process of a leftist like Bloomberg. In his zeal to save the world from sugary drinks and convenient packaging, he rarely mentions the negative reactions his proposals would initiate.

In order to dispel any optimism that de Blasio will support less regulation, he beat Bloomberg to the punch by advocating for a similar proposal three years ago.

The nation’s largest city, which improved remarkably under the leadership of Rudy Giuliani, is now hopelessly mired in leftist ideology. Elections have consequences, however, which is why New Yorkers are fleeing the city in droves to relocate in more conservative regions of the nation.

–B. Christopher Agee

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Frum Tells GOP to Raise Debt Ceiling — To Spare Obama Impeachment

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For most of his term, Barack Obama has been flirting with impeachment like Bill Clinton at a sorority on open bar night, but he may be set to go too far even by Washington’s standards. Administration officials suggested if Congress does not raise the debt ceiling, the president may (wrongly) invoke the 14th Amendment to force the nation to borrow money. Last Tuesday Rep. Tim Scott, R-SC, said such an overreach of executive power would be “an impeachable act,” and the next day Texas Republican Pete Olson said Scott is “not a lonely voice.” Although Timothy Geithner backed down by week’s end, it is not clear that his scheme — or the equally unconstitutional compromise Mitch McConnell offered — will not rise again, provoking a constitutional crisis. Even David Frum, the most assertive voice of Republican liberalization, has concluded House Republicans will at least rumble about impeaching Obama if he blatantly violates the Constitution. Flummoxed at the possibility, he has advised Republicans to shut up and raise the debt ceiling to prevent Obama from having to commit an impeachable offense.

Frum proffered his bizarre advice in an article published on his eponymous FrumForum entitled, “Can the Debt Crisis Lead to Impeachment?”

Frum correctly noted, “The debt-ceiling crisis is growing into an impending constitutional crisis.” He is far from alone in assessing the severity of Obama’s threatened actions. Stan Collender wrote last Tuesday, “A number of people I communicated with this past week thought that the president invoking the 14th Amendment to justify federal borrowing would lead to impeachment proceedings in the House, even if there is little chance that the Senate would ever vote to convict.” Georgetown Law School professor Louis Michael Seidman, who supports the president’s right to unilaterally borrow money in theory, has warned, “There would be a constitutional crisis.” Matthew Vadum of The American Spectator agreed this would be one of Obama’s many impeachable offenses.

Frum conceded….

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Video: Bloomberg, Let Illegals Move to Detroit and “Take Jobs”

New York City Michael Bloomberg has a keen solution for the city of Detroit: open the U.S. border and allow illegal immigrants to move in to “start businesses, take jobs whatever.” The Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Independent, who is said to be considering a third party presidential run in 2012 and was a major force behind the “No Labels” movement, says America’s most decrepit city would benefit if the illegals promise to keep their discipline and work ethic inside the city limits. (If there is one thing illegal aliens have proven, it is that they will not move out of an area with a devastated economy in hopes of getting a better job!) Meanwhile in Motown Karen Dumas, a spokeswoman for Mayor Dave Bing, declined the offer saying, “we would want to make sure that people who are here are able to enjoy a quality of life from an educational perspective, an employment perspective and a public safety perspective.” Bing’s office does not believe the best solution to massive unemployment is to have an army of cheap laborers move in and “take jobs.” Apparently the mayor of Detroit knows more about economics than the mayor of New York City. Who would have thought?