Oh, a shooting problem, huh? You also have a criminal problem, chump, and thanks to police morale being at rock bottom (thanks to you), the “shooting problem” isn’t going to get any better.
Mayor Bill de Blasio appeared for a second and final time on the Daily Show With Jon Stewart earlier tonight, addressing several New York–centric issues, including crime, income inequality, affordable housing, pot, and stop-and-frisk.
While the televised portion of the interview focused on economic issues, the extended version touched on crime in the city.
Answering a question about rising gun violence and its suggested connection to the end of stop-and-frisk — the Times reports shootings are up 20 percent over 2013 — de Blasio said New York has a shooting problem:
“We brought down crime across the board. We do have a shooting problem. A shooting problem last year, and a shooting problem this year. Nothing like New York City had fifteen, twenty years ago. But something’s persistent, particularly around gangs. And we have new strategies to go in there.”
“We” brought down crime? Um, douchebag, you’re been mayor since January 2014 and since then crime has risen, and in spectacular fashion this year alone. Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg brought down the crimes rate which you’ve now squandered away. And if you has a “shooting problem” last year how did “we” bring crime down? It’s a good think he’s got a moron interviewing him, so he doesn’t face any follow-up.
Meanwhile, the two morons went on to discuss other meaningless issues:
The interview opened with Stewart asking de Blasio about his attempts at building a national profile over income inequality. De Blasio again called for a $15-an-hour minimum wage, an idea Governor Andrew Cuomo hasn’t agreed with, instead calling for a “fight for fair pay.”
“A $15 minimum wage should be the norm in the United States of America,” de Blasio told Stewart.
“You can always have some local variations and some exceptions,” de Blasio continued. “But here’s the core point: Minimum wage used to mean what you could actually live on.” He then addressed the audience: “Can you live in New York City on $8.75 an hour?” A loud “no” resounded.
No sane person can say with a straight face that minimum wage was ever meant to live on. It’s an entry-level wage designed for teenagers, who aren’t supporting families or paying rent. De Blasio is just a preposterous fraud. Go back to the late 1970s or early 1980s when the minimum wage was around $3.35, if memory serves us correctly. Even then working full-time and paying taxes on that figure you’d be bringing in about $80 to $90 a week. It’s absurd to even think you could live on that amount if by live means paying rent, car loans, for food and other expenses.
This buffoon cannot be taken seriously by normal people, but idiots like Jon Stewart think he’s the cat’s meow.