On Thursday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed constituents’ concerns about public transit in the course of the CV-19 virus pandemic by telling them to not purchase a car.
Amid the novel Chinese virus pandemic, many New Yorkers are troubled concerning the dangers of being wedged into a transit vehicle in close proximity with strangers.
De Blasio was characteristically dismissive of their concerns, focusing his rhetoric on the city’s control of the pandemic and rejection of “the past.”
“My advice to New Yorkers is: ‘Do not buy a car,’” de Blasio said. “Cars are the past. The future is going to be mass transit.”
Is this guy for real? Does he even know what freedom and liberty mean?
The mayor additionally argued he would “never own a car again.” He did, nonetheless, concede that not everyone shares his confidence. But, it’s only a matter of time before his administration tries to punish New Yorkers who buy a car. Count on it.
“People are concerned about their health and safety, I totally understand that,” he said, however pointed to a recent uptick in subway usage in defense of his argument. He also brought up his administration’s earlier efforts in expanding Citi Bikes and lanes for bicyclers, ferries, and the introduction of “congestion pricing” on toll roads that travel into Manhattan.
Don’t forget that Governor Cuomo and de Blasio, in the beginning of the CV-19 pandemic, cut down the number of trains and buses running in New York City, which experts have attributed to the larger number of CV-19 infections, packing people in like sardines.
These two nitwits thought cutting back transit vehicles would cause New York workers to stay home, but they continued working, because that’s what Americans do.
De Blasio insisted New York City boasts “one of the great mass transit systems in the world” when asked why it still lacks the infrastructure of similar cities like London or Paris but failed to give a concrete response to the challenge. Even so, he did suggest that the city would proceed to see improvements.
“There’s a lot to come,” de Blasio promised, “but my focus is on the steps we need to take now to restart the economy” as the city recovers from its viral nightmare.
The New York subway system is about 40 percent of the city’s revenue. If residents don’t have enough confidence to take public transportation, the mayor’s future briefings will start to get desperate.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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