Mark Figley: Why we don’t love NYC now

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, this holiday season finds America’s cities in a steady, downward spiral. No place is this more evident than in New York City.

Gone are its sights and sounds; one-time vitality replaced by misery on a massive scale. A 16% jobless figure double the national rate. Permanently-shuttered restaurants numbering 1,200. Perhaps one-third of small businesses feared to never re-open. An astounding 600,000 fewer jobs than one year ago. Ho ho ho!

Also gone are tourism, flourishing hotels and teeming office buildings, helping to destroy the city’s tax base. The absence of subway riders, more fearful of being pushed onto the tracks than from catching COVID-19, has led to weekly financial losses of $200 million for public transit. Manhattan’s nightlife is also on life-support, yet this misery is intensified by the dueling grinches, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

These bozos have demanded a federal bailout to remedy their ineptness and intensified the destruction with policies that restrict freedom and destroy economic viability on a massive scale. As a result, more than 400,000 NYC residents have fled the city.

This is not necessarily due to the recent “Big Apple” surge in new cases of the virus, as drug addicts have taken control of the streets and violent crime has exploded. By one estimate, shootings have increased by nearly 80% from a year ago.

Instead of common-sense solutions, de Blasio has offered only denigration of the police and budget cuts, suspension of school in-person learning, harassment/intimidation of business owners and targeting of religious expression.

In October, under the guise of fighting the coronavirus, de Blasio ordered police to shut down the annual Jewish religious festival of Sukkot. Ultimately, this effort failed after worshippers refused to surrender their religious liberties.

Cuomo has also attacked Jewish gatherings by limiting groups to 10 and closing all schools in virus “red zones,” which include Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods. To make matters worse, he has threatened to close synagogues.

The governor and de Blasio have even suggested that Jews spread the virus by “praying, eating, learning and living together.” History is replete with similar instances where governments have blamed Jews for plagues and disease to deflect criticism from those in power.

Meanwhile, Cuomo refuses to take responsibility for his disastrous 46-day policy of placing positive coronavirus patients in nursing homes; leading to the deaths of more than 33,000 seniors. Exact numbers have never been released, though King Cuomo has still found time to write a book on leadership during the virus’ rage.

Today, he prohibits indoor dining and continues to maintain that government officials should hold citizens legally accountable for irresponsible conduct, such as not wearing face masks to control the spread of the coronavirus. Meanwhile, his CNN celebrity brother, Chris, has often been caught in public without one.

This is the kind of arrogant double-standard that politicians like Cuomo and de Blasio have come to symbolize. In today’s politically dysfunctional world, it’s called making rules for thee but not for me. What’s more, while the left would never admit it, creeps like Cuomo and de Blasio are the reason why people yearn for guys like Donald Trump.

By Mark Figley

Guest Columnist

Mark Figley is a political activist and guest columnist from Elida. His column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the The Lima News editorial board or AIM Media, owner of The Lima News. Reach him a [email protected]