One of the many Democrat candidates running for mayor of New York City, who is champion of further defunding of the police, is touting the fact that one in three of her campaign donors is jobless.
While it could be an exemplar of grassroots support, it nonetheless may seem like an odd benchmark to call attention to given that the once-prosperous destination city under term-limited, radical-left Mayor Bill de Blasio is reeling from unemployment, failing businesses large and small, as well as families fleeing, plus surging crime.
In a tweet, the equally far-left Dianne Morales wrote “We are building a people powered movement that is making history. Our most frequent donation is just $10, the average donation is $52 and 30% of our donors are UNEMPLOYED. We don’t have to be beholden to special interests or big money. We don’t have to go ‘back to normal.'”
In general, there is certainly room for police reform of various kinds (for example, in certain jurisdictions around the country, police overtime misuse is a serious issue, and police union rules sometime get in the way of efficient management).
Self-described change agent Morales reportedly wants to downsize another $3 billion from the NYPD, however, which will likely prove harmful to ordinary, law-abiding New Yorkers. The mayor and the city council have already agreed to cut $1 billion from the police budget with its massive impact on public safety.
We are building a people powered movement that is making history. Our most frequent donation is just $10, the average donation is $52 and 30% of our donors are UNEMPLOYED. We don’t have to be beholden to special interests or big money. We don’t have to go “back to normal.”
— Dianne Morales for NYC Mayor☀️ (@Dianne4NYC) January 26, 2021
In a campaign email, according to Fox News, Morales sounds like a standard-issue woke progressive who wants to divert funds to social programs that history has shown may have limited effectiveness or pose reverse incentives and to deploy social workers instead of cops on certain calls, some of which, common sense suggests will unfortunately be violent.
“We know defunding the police doesn’t mean giving up on public safety; in fact, it means the opposite. Removing funding from an overly militarized, abusive agency founded on White supremacy and upheld by the status quo — and then investing in things like mental healthcare, housing, education, green spaces and public transit — makes us more safe, not less,” Morales claimed.
“She has proposed a separate ‘Community First Responders Department’ to respond to 911 calls about homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, emotional distress and other behavioral health issues – rather than the NYPD,” Fox News added.
Because of the huge spike in crime under far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio:
NYC’s posh shopping corridors empty as flagship retail chains bail amid lockdowns, violence. https://t.co/4E7jJYvwih @bizpacreview pic.twitter.com/dTHmIyJI47
— Vernon Davis (@VernonDavis) August 13, 2020
In 2020, it is estimated that about 300,000 families moved out of New York City owing to the side effects of COVID-related restrictions under de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with rampant lawlessness. During the same general time frame, 500,000-plus NYC workers received a pink slip.
To restore law and order and quality of life, NYC could benefit from another mayor like Rudy Giuliani who ran as a Republican but obviously won votes from Democrats in the deep blue city.
Even Giuliani’s successor, billionaire Mike Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-Democrat — like de Blasio, a failed 2020 presidential hopeful — did a better job than de Blasio. Unfortunately, despite how deeply unpopular de Blasio has turned out to be, the winner of the Democrat primary is more than likely the next mayor, unless the GOP can somehow come up with a broad-spectrum, charismatic, and well-funded candidate.
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