Well, THIS doesn’t seem very progressive-y.
It seems that New York City’s mega-liberal mayor, Bill de Blasio, has had it with…panhandlers.
You thought that previous word was going to read “gun owners,” or “Republicans,” something like that.
Actually, it’s no secret that the mayor has had it with those folks, as well, but it is apparently panhandlers that are really getting under his skin, at present.
As a matter of fact, de Blasio is so sick of panhandlers that he’s ready to ban the practice outright.
As reported by the New York Post, the mayor appeared Friday on WNYC radio, where he said he’d welcome a prohibition against panhandling.
“I’m saying that not as a matter of policy. I’m saying that as a human being, bluntly,” de Balsio said.
“I just wish it didn’t exist. I am just expressing a frustration because I think it hurts the quality of life in many ways.”
De Blasio also said something revealing with respect to his perception of many panhandlers that certainly puts him in lockstep with the most ardent conservative:
“There are also people out there who are just begging for money and it is not out of dire economic need –and that is frustrating to me.”
Yup, pretty much.
The mayor’s opinions on panhandling stand in stark contrast to what has long appeared to be his standard political posture. Just last year, de Blasio successfully advocated on behalf of laws that decriminalize public urination and public drinking in the Big Apple. That’s partly why some see His Honor’s recent declaration of frustration at panhandling as a moment when perhaps his real feelings inadvertently came out…just as he happened to be sitting in front of a microphone.
By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large