On a sidewalk this morning I was approached by a smiling black woman handing out red+blue flyers; “Don’t forget to vote in today’s Primaries!” – she said. The candidate name on the flyers was…John Catsimatidis(R) [talk about stereotypes…].
I almost replied that I regret not being a registered party member – although it would do no good to her candidate.
Several times in the past I have wondered (including @this blog), how the voters are supposed to select between candidates if they are first aware of them only at the voting booth. This time, I guess, someone from he Election Committee was reading me – because a week ago my mailbox contained a large brochure in 2 languages, listing all candidates from both parties, with portraits and brief interviews. They all were answering the same 3 questions, and after each interview was a small footnote, informing us if the candidate uses his own funds or is (s)he participating in a Campaign Finance Program.
Why, you want to know, I wouldn’t want to vote for a guy with (R) after his name? From everything I read about him, and several quotes in various online articles, I conclude he is a “good-old-boys-club” -type: authoritarian, quite a bit arrogant, suspiciously involved with unions and organized religion. According to interview in the election brochure, he considers safety his 1st priority (if elected); the reason for it, he says “we need a safe city to preserve confidence, so that the world continues to invest in NYC”. Note – not that the residents, who pays taxes should get what they paid for. As a second issue on his mind he lists “jobs and the economy”. So which one? Then he says “I will continue creating jobs as a Mayor”. For someone claiming to be a selfmade successful businessman, he is rather vague on the concept who really is creating jobs – and what is he going to do about “economy”? His statement “I am the only candidate who is qualified to manage city budget” sounds like bragging w/o proof. After all, we already have had (for 12 years!)a selfmade multi-billionaire who claimed to be qualified to do just that – and look what that brought us.
If I could participate in the primary, I’d cast my vote for J.Lhota. Not only he was part of Giuliani Administration during 9/11 (which is a big plus in my book), he was for a short time an MTA chairman – and under his direction the difference was palpable. To the question of priorities he replied: “Creating jobs in a vibrant economy is the key. Government can not create jobs, but it is responsible for creating an environment for job growth. It should operate efficiently while reducing taxes.”. Bravo.
And then I looked through Dem candidates…oh my. From bureaucrats like Liu and Quinn, to a pastor Salgado to a municipal fund manager (former State Comptroller) B.Thompson (remember revealed money scandals during his previous attempt to became a mayor?) to A. Weiner (his answers to the 3 questions in the brochure read like a latest joke about him: he states in bold that he’s a proven fighter for NYorkers – no doubt, no doubt, Carlos Danger!). Among others there is even an architect, He Gin Lee – and his answer to poor economy? “I have a plan to develop parts of along East River in the outer boroughs over the next 10 to 15 years. This project will provide the City with many jobs, affordable housing and an economic boost it desperately needs”. Oh, poor deluded commies…Architects in general are plagued by socialistic impulse of control and planning and total denial of existence of markets and trade-offs; they also think the answer to all world problems is more buildings. *corbusier from Architecture&Morality has written a comprehensive study of these tendencies, in his article of 2 yrs ago.
I will time to post this in the evening of Sept.10, so the winners in both primaries will be known. I wonder how my thoughts will resonate with the results.
So, here we, ladies: (R) mayoral candidate- Lhota (yay), (D) – Bill Blasio (massive nay). That was the logical for their radical lib ways but very depressive choice by the Dems. If BB comes on top in November, we are for the sad and scary, Dinkins-like times in NY.