Few leaders have performed as poorly during the coronavirus pandemic as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio has presided over the epicenter of the outbreak in the United States and his shoddy leadership is partially responsible for the rapid spread of COVID-19 in his city. Contract tracing (a system used to determine when/where an infected person was first exposed) has shown that failing to shut down the subway system in New York City led to a massive spread of the virus.
Instead of apologizing for his horrendous blunders, De Blasio has taken aim at a convenient target, shifting the blame away from himself once again. Take a wild guess as to who that might be.
If you guessed President Trump, you guessed correctly.
Mayor De Blasio lashed out at Trump during a press conference this week, ranting against the president for not supporting a bailout of New York City. He even went as far as to accuse President Trump of being a traitor to his hometown.
He told reporters that “The President of the United States — a former New Yorker who seems to enjoy stabbing his home town in the back — [is] talking about no bailout for New York. What kind of human being sees the suffering here and decides that people in New York City don’t deserve help? What kind of person does that?
“He’s not inclined to do bailouts now? That means he’s not inclined to help firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, police officers, doctors, nurses, health care workers,” de Blasio said. “He’s a pure hypocrite, given how much money he’s put in the hands of the corporations and the wealthy already.”
But New York City’s problems extended far beyond the current pandemic, and Trump had nothing to do with any of that.
Politico reported, “The city has lost $7.4 billion in expected revenue over the current and coming fiscal years, and de Blasio has proposed a budget with a slew of cuts, which he says will get much more severe if aid does not arrive from the feds. [Governor Andrew] Cuomo has also dangled massive cuts, including reducing school funding for districts across the state, if there is no bailout.
Here is a concept, Bill: how about you run your city better and not spend so much on bloated government programs? Just a thought.
By demanding a bailout, De Blasio now wants the rest of America to pay for his frivolous spending. Why should someone in the middle of the country be forced to pay the reckless spending in New York City?
But wait, there’s more. Not only are the rest of America supposed to bail out New York City, but we are expected to bail out the ENTIRE state of New York. That’s right, Governor Andrew Cuomo has whined to the press that he needs a federal bailout to fill a hole in his state’s budget.
Last month, Cuomo wrote a letter to the New York Congressional delegation begging for them to secure more money from the Federal Government. The governor wrote, “New York State is broke…and there has been absolutely no help to offset it.” That sounds like a New York problem to me, not an American problem.
Newsday reported, “New York has a lot riding on additional money. The State legislature approved a state budget last week, but with warnings that many revenue and spending figures—for school aid for other major items—are subject to the continued economic impact of the coronavirus and whether the state receives additional federal money.”
De Blasio and Cuomo need to look in the mirror and stop blaming President Trump for their mismanagement. Life is tough, but Big Daddy Government can’t always be there to bail you out for your mistakes. Personal responsibility is heresy on the political Left, but that doesn’t mean it stops existing.
They should heed the words of President Reagan who once said, “Personal responsibility is not a burden. It is a requirement for a country that was founded on the God-given rights of freedom and liberty.”
I wouldn’t hold your breath. Men like De Blasio and Cuomo won’t change. They never do.