Look, I know the Statue of Liberty is actually French, and therefore possibly a Euro-socialist, but even she’s probably a bit irritated at the redistributive rhetoric in New York City’s mayoral race. The Far Left liberal candidate for Mayor (No. . . Mike Bloomberg is not running again) is now talking about raiding the funds that keep Central Park safe, beautiful and iconic.
Leave it to Bill de Blasio, the Democrat Mayoral candidate and likely future Mayor, to insist on experiencing his own “Joe the Plumber” moment. “I think we have to share the wealth a little bit here,” de Blasio said in an interview over the summer. And while he is certainly a proponent of soaking the rich (a keystone in his plan to improve public education includes a hefty tax increase on New York City’s most productive members), in this context he was referring to the successful Central Park Conservancy fund.
Back in the 1980’s, when Central Park was devolving into a wasteland of gang violence and vandalized eyesores, private wealth stepped in to revitalize one of America’s iconic images of the Empire City. The Left wing George Soros, in cooperation with the conservative stock broker Dick Gilder, founded the Central Park Conservancy.
Today the Conservancy raises, from private sources, the majority of its $59 million budget, and employs over 90 percent of the park’s staff. And its efforts are evident. Historic structures now serve as tourist locations rather than illegal squatting residences. Carriage rides have more to show their fares than half completed graffiti and crime scene tape. In fact, Central Park stands today as what it historically symbolized: An oasis of tranquility within the Iron Jungle of America’s sleepless city.
And. . . Clearly that’s not fair.
De Blasio presented his socialistic city engineering plan in an interview over the summer. (Most New Yorkers missed the news, because they were enjoying their lunch hour strolling through a great example of private money contributing to civic life.)
According to Evan Sparks at the Weekly Standard:
De Blasio has endorsed a plan to raid the assets of the private nonprofit group that runs Central Park. “So for anyone who wants to donate to Central Park, they’re still going to be helping Central Park; most of the money is still going to benefit Central Park,” de Blasio said. “But some of that has to be moved to where the need is greatest, in neighborhood parks that, right now, are really suffering.”
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