Mayor Bill de Blasio hates the middle class.
Imagine yourself on a date at the nicest restaurant. You are the middle class, and across the table is the mayor. He asked you out and picked the restaurant, because he wants you to think he is taking care of you.
But after ordering the filet mignon and the imported Italian wine, he excuses himself to the restroom and never returns, leaving you with the $95 billion tab.
That’s how it often feels to live in de Blasio’s boroughs. For every social program, every slogan, every effort to “Save Our City” he has come up with, the middle class pays for all of it while seeing none of the benefits.
I’m here to tell the mayor that we’re mad as hell and we aren’t going to take it anymore.
We don’t have access to public transportation, and traffic has become a nightmare. Many of us in the middle class rely on cars for our travel needs, but the mayor and other progressives would rather create anti-car initiatives than actually try to improve our transportation options.
The Department of Transportation completely ignores our pleas for safety improvements and suffocates our streets with even more congestion, while the Metropolitan Transportation Authority wants to cut back on our local bus service to “streamline” the system.
We don’t have 3-K programs or child-care assistance for new parents. That leaves my daughter, for example, paying a ridiculous $2,715 per month for child-care for my granddaughter.
We don’t have adequate funding for our middle-class schools or enough seats. Queens has four of the five most overcrowded school districts in the city and historically receives less school funding than any other borough. That’s coupled with an ideological chancellor who’s too focused on race-baiting rhetoric to address the needs of middle-class kids.
We don’t have affordable housing or senior housing. Our property taxes skyrocket, making our neighborhoods less and less affordable, and our residents become victims of predatory developers and landlords.
When residents are pushed out, it almost seems like de Blasio would rather see them end up homeless so he can shove massive warehouse shelters down our throats, spending money to build them and line the pockets of his developer friends. (And all the while, he pays half as much in property taxes on his multimillion-dollar Park Slope homes.)
When the homeless and mentally ill end up living in the subways, we get harassed and threatened while the mayor wastes $1 billion on ThriveNYC programs that so far have failed to address serious mental illness.
We don’t have the necessary police presence to combat rises in crime. The mayor’s radical criminal-justice policies have led to the emptying of Rikers Island, more criminals on our streets and vertical jails built in congested areas. Middle-class precincts are neglected, on the theory that they generally have less crime, but that leaves them no ability to crack down on crime spikes, like the recent one in major-crime categories.
So while Mayor de Blasio tries to take the moral high ground on every issue, he intentionally ignores the middle class and sends us the bill for his outrageous spending.
Why would our children want to live in a city like that? The middle class can’t even afford to retire here.
Yet these are the people who have built this city and never asked for any handouts.
We’re a pretty cheap date, Mr. Mayor, but we won’t let you continue to take advantage of us. Maybe you’ll decide to “save” us by subsidizing a one-way ticket for us to get out of town — but then, who would fund all of your insane, pricey social experiments?
City Councilman Robert Holden represents District 30 in Queens.
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