There’s out of touch, then there’s Michael Bloomberg. You can pretty much guaranteee something stupid comes out of his mouth on a daily basis, so here’s today’s idiocy.
Be it ever so humble, there’s no better place to be homeless.
New York’s billionaire mayor yesterday played the city’s concierge-in-chief, declaring that his administration has made shelters so nice, people don’t want to leave.
“We have made our shelter system so much better that, unfortunately, when people are in it — or fortunately, depending on what your objective is — it is a much more pleasurable experience than they ever had before,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
“We are proud that our shelters provide a safe, clean environment with on-site security, support services and caseworkers for children on site.”
Advocates for the homeless were horrified by the his assessment.
“The mayor’s assertion that homeless New Yorkers are staying in shelters longer because they’re ‘much more pleasurable’ is shocking and offensive,” said Mary Brosnahan, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless.
“Mayor Bloomberg systematically closed every single path to affordable housing once available to homeless families with vulnerable children. His failed policies are the major factor leading to the record shelter population this summer.
“Blaming homeless families and suggesting they are luxuriating in ‘pleasurable’ accommodations shows just how badly the mayor is out of touch.”