Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thin Skinned New Yorkans

Trump holds on to big lead in New York and I am not sure why. Like most Americans, I have followed Trump's career including watching his Apprenticeship show until we got bored with all the celebrity BS. What has Trump really done for New York? Hasn't he also made enough enemies in the state to make his popularity not shine so bright? There are plenty more questions that could consume all my free time, but in the mean time I wonder:


What are New York Values?
It may not seem self evident that a regional space or locality has a distinctive set of values, but it would be reasonable to assume that given the politics of an area that then this set of values becomes easily measured and quantified.


When I lived in Santa Barbara for 4 years and worked there nearly 8 years, it was a beautiful place to work and live. For the most part the politics was openly liberal and blatantly anti-business. They justified this stance by insisting it was only on "bad industries" or businesses, but the same liberal mentality can easily make even the most benign business suddenly get on the bad side of a liberal mob.


Santa Barbara prided itself in its quaint "Disneyland" environment with many small shops and restaurants along its main corridor. But when they heard from a citizen during their open discussion period in city hall about possible businesses dumping out their dishwater or cleaning water into the drain without any shred of evidence, there was an immediate response that a commission had to be set up and investigate all possible violations of this dastardly dead.


There are too many to list all the examples of New York values, but it easy enough to say that the liberal mentality that people can not properly decide for themselves permeates all levels of politics including people claiming to be conservative and insisting that fountain drinks be under a certain number of ounces.


One of the first examples I learned about was in college economic classes. Rent controls and regulations on housing sounds like a great idea, but ultimately lead to shortages and inferior products in the market. Rent and housing is the biggest expense of low income households and even the "working poor" experience high rent costs that raise their cost of "living". So to solve this problem liberal bastions like New York, California and yes, Santa Barbara think that raising minimum wage laws is the answer. The answer should not be rent control laws but to open the market so that the market can create affordable housing.


Are New Yorkans really  that upset with the phrase "New York values"?  
It is actually funny that MSNBC keeps repeating "New York Values" during the Hardball show. Hell, even Montel Williams is offended! Can't they just get over themselves as many like myself remember that it was one hell hole of a city with crime rampant during the 1970s. While MSNBC hates Trump, they willingly allow him unlimited free media and repeating his arguments ad nauseam with only a tiny sound bite in rebuttal {if that}.
It is almost like the media has amnesia since Trump actually started talking about values. Can you think of anyone that should not throw stones?
Why Attacking Trump for 'New York Values' Could Backfire for Cruz: An ad put out by the Cruz-supporting political action committee Keep the Promise III contains snippets from a 1999 "Meet the Press" interview Trump gave to then-host Tim Russert, in which he describes himself as “very pro-choice” and says that, as a result of living in Manhattan, his views are “a little bit different than if I lived in Iowa.”


How Trump Lost Iowa: My prediction of last week about how much this would hurt Trump was confirmed by Iowa caucus exit polls: Trump ranked horribly in his grasp of Iowa voters’ values.


 The Drumpf actually was willing to show his liberal leanings and pandering to Iowans by saying how great ethanol is for America.


Update: Now Chris Matthews has repeated on his show as well as the Rachel Maddow show that Cruz stated that New York was a modern day  Sodom and Gomorrah. I only see that people are comparing what people outside of New York think about New York City. It looks like he is a paid stooge for Trump.

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