A strange phenomenon during the election was the supposed widespread consensus that Bill de Blasio wasn’t really as radical as he was pretending to be. That he was just another Bloomberg pretending to be a Communist.
Bad news for the business community that could have taken him on, but didn’t. De Blasio isn’t pretending.
Business leaders in the city are scratching their heads over recent remarks by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.
Describing how he plans to govern once he takes office next year, the mayor-elect declared flatly that he doesn’t believe in the free-market system.
At least Comrade Bill was being honest.
“Everything you heard about me is true. . . I am not a free-marketeer. . . I believe in the heavy hand of government,” de Blasio stated matter-of-factly during an hour-long presentation to some of the city’s biggest real-estate developers.
The meeting occurred several weeks before the election with de Blasio way ahead in the polls and New York’s business elite hoping and praying he wasn’t as much of a leftist as he said he was on the campaign trail.
“It was startling to hear someone in this day and age boldly proclaim he’s not a ‘free marketeer,’ ” said one person in attendance.
Because even Obama pays lip service to the free market, to small business and Main Street. Bill de Blasio doesn’t represent those people. He represents the housing projects of the Bronx and the Yuckies of Brooklyn and some of the Stalinists ensconced in teachers’ unions.
The media selected its radical leftist, but their corporations are also going to have to live with him. They’re going to have to live with his crime waves, his tax hikes, his race riots, his dirty deals and his bankruptcies.
It’s De Blasio Time.