We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
New York City has been governed by liberals for generations. Surely if blue policies could produce an egalitarian utopia with a strong middle class, we would see it in New York before we would see it anywhere else. If liberals were good at running cities, people from all over the world would be coming to study New York’s public schools, marveling at the extraordinary success with which unionized teachers were transforming the lives of low income kids. Our transit system would be the envy of the world as well; awestruck visitors from benighted places like Shanghai and Tokyo would come to gaze in amazement at the speed, cleanliness and economy of the New York subways. Small business formation would be booming as the bustling economy of manufacturing start ups created opportunities in the inner cities.
Yet, somehow, this isn’t happening. It’s great mystery.
NYC thrives and is vibrant despite its government, not because it it. It's just lucky enough to be a people-magnet. A magnet for talented and/or ambitious young people from all over the world.
Expand it further, and you get the Blue States (aka Cali).
Its rather funny listening to the egg-heads, chatter on about "well, we put this\that into action, and, gosh!, for some unknown reason, it didn't go as planned and isn't working like we envisioned".
Funny, Utopia is a quaint idea, but attainable only by the written word.
It seems it usually gets screwed up by human activity, greed, and morose resignation when it don't come to fruition. The Commies often tout it, but the reality is far worse (and painful) then their rosy-presented fact. N Korea and Cuba come to mind...
"NYC thrives and is vibrant despite its government, not because [of] it. It's just lucky enough to be a people-magnet. A magnet for talented and/or ambitious young people from all over the world."
Yes, folks from all over the world want to come to the Big Apple, based upon its reputation. When they get here the reality doesn't match. But, that's okay - they're in "New York City!"
Their reputation will now be enhanced by a couple of years working here.
I used to work for a company that had a CT office, a NJ office, and a midtown Manhattan office. Both CT and NJ offices were nice, clean, well-lit, open and spacious. The midtown office on the other hand was cramped, to say the least. But, everyone wanted to work in New York, simply because of the reputation. It will look much better on your resume if you worked in New York, instead of NJ (no offense intended as I'm in the Jersey 'burbs myself) or CT.
The real question to ask is how many of those young, talented, and ambitious folks stay? I suspect that after they have "paid their dues" they move on to better (i.e. nicer) pastures elsewhere.