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NY mayor Bill de Blasio: ‘If had my druthers’ America would be communist

Karl Marx’s vision of communism is a utopian society of “to each according to his needs, from each according to his abilities”.

By that measure, New York mayor Bill de Blasio, aka Warren Wilhelm Jr., is through and through a communist.

In an interview with New York magazine’s fawning Chris Smith, published on Sept. 4, 2017, de Blasio revealed his true, dangerous Bolshevik beliefs.

In the New York interview, claiming to speak for “people all over this city,” de Blasio railed against the institution of private property. He said that “if I had my druthers,” America would be a totalitarian state (“a very, very powerful government, including a federal government”) wielding total power over every facet of people’s lives ( “involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality”) in accordance with the communist dictum of “in accordance to their needs”. At the city level, the totalitarian state would “determine which building goes where, who gets to live it, what the rent will be”.

These are his words:

“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development. […]

Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.

It’s not reachable right now.”

In the meantime, before he could have his druthers as a totalitarian mayor of New York City, de Blasio prides himself on having implemented little socialist “fixes,” such as:

  • rent freeze
  • free lawyers for those being evicted
  • ending tax breaks for luxury condos
  • mandating the construction of affordable housing
  • more taxes on “the wealthy”
  • minimum wage increase

What de Blasio the communist neglected to say in his interview is that he himself is “the wealthy,” with an estimated net worth of $1.5 million.

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H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

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‘No bail plan’ making it easier for accused felons to hit the streets

How’s that prison reform movement working out in New York? Not so good…

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

The Post reports that since Mayor de Blasio’s push to decrease the city’s jail population, suspects charged with serious drug crimes and violent felonies are increasingly going free with little if any bail — only to skip court dates or be re-arrested on new charges. While no state agency tracks judges’ records when it comes to setting bail, prosecutors, cops and defense lawyers insist that more suspects are walking free today than ever before.

How bad are things in New York? A disgusted police veteran told The Post, “Adolf Eichmann wouldn’t even [have to] post bail in The Bronx on a drug case.” Another law-enforcement source added, “We’re seeing judges completely undercutting our recommendations, with [repeat offenders] being cut loose without bail.”

The mayor set in motion the dangerous softball approach shortly after he took office looking. He was looking for ways to reduce the jail population, especially at Rikers Island.

Arguing that “too many people have been detained at Rikers, sometimes for years, while they wait for trial,” de Blasio announced a nearly $18 million plan in July that allows judges to replace bail with supervision options, including daily check-ins and text-message reminders about upcoming court hearings.

Judge Ramseur

Judge Ramseur

How are those “supervision options” working out? Repeat accused drug peddler Juan Reyes was busted March 8 in The Bronx for allegedly punching his girlfriend in front of her two kids. Within nine months, Reyes, 26, was busted twice more — for allegedly selling or possessing heroin and crack near a school. Apparently the judges in all three cases — Dakota Ramseur*, Nicholas Iacovetta and Linda Poust-Lopez — define “supervision options” very loosely as they all released him on his own recognizance.

(*In February of this year, Judge Ramseur released a man without bail after he showered his 13-year-old niece with boiling-hot cooking oil. The good judge issued an order of protection prohibiting the man from going near his niece.)

The parents of children who ­attend the school near where Reyes was busted, were furious. “I believe in chances, but not when it comes to kids,’’ said a parent of an 11-year-old at the school.)

Judge Richardson-Mendelson

Judge Richardson-Mendelson

Accused burglar Nickolas Grivas, 54, was busted on Aug. 6 and freed by Manhattan Judge Edwina Richardson-Mendelson on $7,500 bail — even though prosecutors asked for $100,000. While free, Grivas allegedly committed another burglary. And in yet another case, a prosecutor asked for $30,000 bail for accused gunpoint robber Oluwasean Are, 20, but Manhattan Judge Abena Darkeh let him go free.

De Blasio spokeswoman Karen Hinton said the mayor “has been clear . . . about needed bail reform. When suspects are considered violent and dangerous, they should ­remain in jail until trial. If suspects are not considered dangerous and not a flight risk, their inability to make bail should not be the reason they are locked up.’’

But David Bookstaver, spokesman for the state Office of Court Administration, said judges cannot take “dangerousness” into account when setting bail — only whether the accused can be expected to show up for court. State top Judge Jonathan Lippman, “has proposed a bail-reform package that would . . . allow judges to consider public safety when considering bail,” Bookstaver said.

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