Saturday Open Thread

This week, the House of Representatives shut down the government, the President continued to urge them to pass a resolution to open the government back up, and the Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business under the Affordable Care Act. That’s September 27th to October 3rd, or “Just vote, and end this shutdown.”

Enjoy this weekend with family and friends.

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61 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. rikyrah says:

    Report: Unemployment would be below 6 percent if the GOP didn’t force austerity
    October 4, 2013

    With the government now shutdown, the monthly jobs report was not available on Friday morning like it usually is every month.

    On that first Friday of the month at 8:30pm EST, the previous months jobs report is released. Due to Republicans and Democrats being unable to come to an agreement, the government was shut down at Midnight on October 1st. Many have been wondering what the monthly job numbers would be, but research done by economist Adam Hersh at the Center for American Progress took things a bit further.

    Looking back at the last three years since the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives, Hersh crunched the numbers and came to a shocking conclusion. If Republicans hadn’t forced austerity economics on the American people, unemployment for the month of September would be south of 6 percent with a net gain of around 250,000 new jobs being created. Starting with December of 2010, the month after a Republican landslide in the midterm elections, there would have been 2.4 million additional jobs added to the economy, bringing the total to 8.2 million.

    Hersh continues to explain the dramatic difference in economic policy and how much stronger the recovery would have been had the Republicans not had such a successful election in 2010.

    “Applying standard fiscal multipliers—estimates of how much economic activity is generated by a dollar of public spending, about $2 for each dollar of spending—shows that the U.S. economy would be growing at an average of 3.3 percent a year, rather than 1.9 percent since 2010.

    Admittedly, these output and employment counterfactuals are rough approximations of the scale of economic loss produced by fiscal austerity, but they give an idea of how costly that policy has been. This yawning gap in economic growth between our present and imagined anti-austerity worlds would make a striking impact on the U.S. jobs situation as well. Rather than adding 5.7 million jobs from January 2011 to the present, an America without the politics of austerity would have added an estimated 8.2 million new jobs—another 77,000 jobs every month.”

    Hersh also notes that the answer isn’t simply more spending, but rather an investment across the board on bringing the United States back to where it needs to be.

    “To be clear, increased government spending on jobs and public investment on its own is no panacea for the myriad economic challenges faced by American families and businesses still emerging from the Great Recession. Bolder policies are needed to bolster U.S. economic competitiveness through education, science, and infrastructure investment, as well as to redress runaway inequality that distorts economic incentives and undercuts America’s middle-class engine of growth.”

  2. rikyrah says:

    Sahil Kapur @sahilkapur

    This shutdown isn’t about spending & no longer about Obamacare. It’s now a primal tea party desire to stick it to Obama, somehow, some way.
    12:52 PM – 5 Oct 2013

    • Liza says:

      Very true. It is about the party that is losing elections trying to prove that even if they can’t advance their own agenda, they can prevent their opponents from governing. They are trying to stick it to PBO because he is the most powerful Democrat, but they are also trying to stick it to the entire Democratic party.

  3. rikyrah says:

    October 05, 2013 9:27 AM
    The government shutdown and the Republican war on Obamacare: it’s the racism, stupid

    By Kathleen Geier

    I am hardly the first person to point this out, but in the context of this week’s political madness, it bears repeating: it would be difficult to exaggerate the role of racial resentment in the G.O.P. war on President Obama and his signature achievement, the ACA.

    Here’s some strong supporting evidence: the single group that is most disproportionately likely to be excluded from health care coverage under the ACA is poor black folks. A coinky-dink, perhaps? Hardly; it’s happening because the Republican-controlled states where they live are refusing Medicaid expansion. Still don’t get the picture? How about this: all but one state in the Deep South have refused the free money from the feds to expand Medicaid.

    Yesterday in this space, Ed Kilgore noted that “Republican House members from districts with poor and black folks—or next door to heavily poor and black areas—are very likely to be more savagely opposed to Obamacare than anyone else.” And that is not a bug, it’s a feature. As Ed explained:

    [Y]our average very conservative southern Republican House member doesn’t much think of black folk as “constituents.” And they are elected not to tend to black folks but to keep them from “looting” the resources of the GOP Member’s real constituents, via Obamacare or other socialistic means.


    They aren’t really representing those people. They’re keeping them down.

    Just this week, pollster Stan Greenberg released a new report on GOP voters, based on focus group research. It’s full of fascinating stuff, but what is most relevant here is what the report has to say about how large the role of racial animus continues to loom in the imagination of the GOP base:

    We expected that in this comfortable setting or in their private written notes, some would make a racial reference or racist slur when talking about the African American President. None did. They know that is deeply non-PC and are conscious about how they are perceived. But focusing on that misses how central is race to the worldview of Republican voters. They have an acute sense that they are white in a country that is becoming increasingly “minority,” and their party is getting whooped by a Democratic Party that uses big government programs that benefit mostly minorities, create dependency and a new electoral majority. Barack Obama and Obamacare is a racial flashpoint for many Evangelical and Tea Party voters.

  4. rikyrah says:

    U.S. Says Navy SEAL Team Stages Raid on Somali Militants

    Published: October 5, 2013
    NAIROBI, Kenya — A Navy SEAL team targeted a senior leader of the Shabab militant group in a raid on his seaside villa in the Somali town of Baraawe on Saturday, American officials said, in response to a deadly attack on a Nairobi shopping mall for which the group had claimed responsibility.

    The SEAL team stealthily approached the beachfront house by sea, targeting the unidentified militant in a predawn firefight that was the most significant raid by American troops on Somali soil since commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a Qaeda mastermind, near the same town four years ago.

    The Shabab leader was believed to have been killed in the firefight, but the SEAL team was forced to withdraw before that could be confirmed, a senior American official said. Such operations by American forces are rare because they carry a high risk, and indicate that the target was considered a high priority. Baraawe, a small port town south of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, is known as a gathering place for the Shabab’s foreign fighters.

    “The Baraawe raid was planned a week and a half ago,” said an American security official, speaking on the condition of anonymity about a classified operation. “It was prompted by the Westgate attack,” he added, referring to the mall in Nairobi that was overrun by militants two weeks ago, leaving more than 60 dead.

    • Liza says:

      How long do ya’ll think it will be before some Teapublican says that this proves that PBO is from Kenya?

  5. Yahtc says:

    • Yahtc says:

      These questions by her family members need to be seriously considered and answered.

    • Ametia says:

      I’m certain the family will continue to pursue the killing of Miriam. There are too many stories flying around that JUST.DON’T.JIVE.

    • Yahtc says:

      I just found this article.


      >But without in any way discounting the seriousness of postpartum depression, a prominent forensic psychiatrist who is familiar with the details of Carey’s case suggests that she was very likely simmering with a bipolar disorder long before Erica’s birth.

      In earlier days, when the disorder only manifested itself as a relatively benign condition known was hypomania, it may even have helped Carey become a success story. People who are hypomanic often possess heightened energy and goal-oriented drive.

      But Carey may have been occasionally hampered by an irritability that is also common among those with hypomania. Some of her friends took it to be a whiff of arrogance. A former employer says she sometime “just kind of went against the grain.”

      Any difficulties were apparently minimized by the stabilizing effects of a good upbringing that had successfully guided Carey and four sisters through the hazards of growing up in East New York, the city’s toughest neighborhood. The family spirit seems to be exemplified by something her sister, Valarie Carey, posted online about herself.


      Then, Carey fell victim to a confluence of stressors that began with a middle-of-the-night tumble at a friend’s house in 2011, resulting in a head injury serious enough to require hospitalization. The doctors gave her surprising news. She was pregnant.

      With the baby came the exhausting demands any single mother faces, along with postpartum depression. Her irritability became more pronounced and she was fired from her job with a periodontic practice in Hamden.

      These stressors, along with the possible effects of the head injury, seemed to push Carey past hypomania into a more serious manifestation of bipolar disorder. Her boyfriend would later say that she began to lose her mental balance in September of last year.

      In early December, the stressors apparently triggered the full-blown manic episode that prompted the boyfriend to call the Stamford police. She was briefly hospitalized and sent home with medication in time for a family gathering in Brooklyn on December 20.

      The next day, Carey was apparently again in such a state that the boyfriend again summoned police. She is said to have tussled with the cops, but was brought back to the hospital without being charged. She was soon stabilized and released.

      One thing that distinguishes manic episodes from schizophrenia is that those who suffer them can suddenly appear to recover themselves completely, as Carey seemed to do by early January. Her boyfriend, as reported by ABC News, told a social worker that she was “100 percent normal.”

      “You go back to being your regular self,” says the forensic psychiatrist, who asks not to be quoted by name.

      But the psychiatrist cautions that once people suffer an episode of full-blown mania, they are more likely to have another.

      “The more episodes you’ve had, the more episodes you have,” the psychiatrist says.

      During the summer, Carey apparently had another episode while visiting her mother. A neighbor says that he saw her being carried out strapped to a stretcher, struggling and shouting, “The world’s gonna end! We’re all gonna die!”

  6. Yahtc says:

    “Horace Pippin: There Will Be Peace”

    Uploaded on Mar 17, 2009 by LAandSVideoinc

  7. rikyrah says:

    How Democrats Got a Spine

    The Republican Party taught them how to be uncompromising.
    By David Weigel

    It’s easy to forget, but this year began with a nick-of-time congressional compromise. At the 11th hour, with Washington’s supply of clichés nearly depleted, the House and Senate approved a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. The Bush tax cuts were extended for households making less than $400,000, a minor disappointment for both parties. The payroll tax holiday ended, also pleasing no one.

    But the system worked, sort of, in its doddering way. It worked when 172 House Democrats voted with 85 Republicans, bailing out House Speaker John Boehner, whose “Plan B” Republicans-only plan had been torn apart by House conservatives. It had worked in 2011, when Democrats helped put the Budget Control Act over the top. It worked a few more times this year—for example, when every Democrat joined with a rump of 89 House Republicans to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Democrats would bend when the GOP refused to.

    Not anymore. House Democrats, powerless as they are, provided the GOP almost no cover in the early stages of the shutdown fight.


    “Dealing with terrorists has taught us some things,” said Washington Rep. Jim McDermott after voting no on one of Thursday’s GOP bills. “You can’t deal with ’em. This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare—affordable health care—in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can’t figure out how to admit it.” Why would House Democrats give away what the Supreme Court and the 2012 electorate didn’t? “You can’t say, OK, you get half of Obamacare—this isn’t a Solomonic decision,” McDermott said. “So we sit here until they figure out they fuckin’ lost.”

  8. Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express: “I’m Tired of Hearing How Obama was re-elected”.

  9. Ametia says:

    The House has passed a bill to give 800,000 furloughed federal workers retroactive pay once the government reopens.

    The House passed the bill in a rare Saturday session. The vote was 407-0.

    The Senate was expected to approve it as well, but the timing is unclear.

    Read more at:

    • Yahtc says:

      How about a vote to reimburse taxpayers for the government shutdown days? If taxpayers are not getting what they paid for, there should be a refund!

  10. Ametia says:

    Hat tip Yahtc Thank you.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Michelle Obama: What Every Mother in This Country Deserves
    By Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 4, 2013 8:57 AM EDT

    Back when Barack and I were first starting out and building our life together, our finances were a constant source of stress. For years, we struggled to pay off our student loans and pay down our mortgage while keeping up with childcare bills and all the other expenses that come with having a family.

    But we were lucky: we had jobs that gave us health care. So twelve years ago, when our baby daughter Sasha woke up sick one night, I didn’t think twice about taking her to the pediatrician in the morning, because I knew our insurance would cover the cost of that visit. And thank God I did, because our doctor took one look at her and sent us straight to the emergency room, worried that Sasha might have meningitis — a diagnosis that was later confirmed at the hospital.

    During the three long days Sasha spent in the hospital, our only worry was about our baby girl’s health. The care she received probably cost thousands of dollars, but we didn’t spend a single minute worrying about money because we knew our insurance plan would cover the bills.

    Every mother in this country deserves this kind of security for herself and for her family — and more than anything else, that’s really what the new health care law is all about.–what-every-mother-in-this-country-deserves-203258232.html

  12. rikyrah says:

    NYMag: George Clooney Explains the Shutdown

    …. we asked the liberal-leaning actor for his thoughts about the ongoing government shutdown. He had many — on John Boehner’s grand strategy, on the “idiots” who think we don’t need government, and on Ted Cruz’s reading of Green Eggs and Ham.

    “People keep talking about how this has to be a great negotiation, but there isn’t any negotiating a law. We negotiate on all these other topics, but this was put into law, and [Obama] was reelected on it. It was reaffirmed, it was passed through the Supreme Court — it’s a law. You don’t like it? Win an election. That’s how it works…..”

  13. rikyrah says:

    Nerdy Wonka @NerdyWonka

    George Clooney to @GOP on #ObamaCare: “It’s the law. You don’t like it? Win an election.”
    8:45 AM – 5 Oct 2013

  14. rikyrah says:

    GOP Biggest Fear Occurring – Republicans Loving Obamacare
    October 3, 2013 by Egberto Willies 6 Comments

    Anyone wondering why the Right Wing Tea Party Republicans are in a frenzy, one need only see what is happening now that the reality of the Affordable Care Act is emerging. The lies they told are coming back to bite them.

    They are attempting to discourage young American citizens from going to the exchanges by telling them Obamacare will either be too expensive or an intrusion from the government. Good things are happening however. Inasmuch as the Right Wing is being outright destructive with the nation’s economy in the attempt to derail Obamacare, empirical and factual data is proven to be a hindrance to their obstructionist tactics.

    The State Health Bureaucracy in Texas is actually promoting Obamacare. That is a feat in its own right. On October 1st, the Obamacare health exchange servers were overwhelmed because of the inordinately large number of people accessing it.


    This story is not unlike Clint Murphy’s story. Murphy is a 38 year old Republican operative. He worked for Republican US Senator Paul Coverdell in the 1990s, Republican Casey Cagle in 2006, John McCain in 2008, and Republican Karen Handel’s gubernatorial campaign in 2010. He has come to his senses and simply could not wait for the exchanges to open.

    Neither of these guys has given up on their Conservative ideology. They are Republicans. The difference is unlike Right Wing Tea Party Republicans, they are honest and pragmatic. They are willing to let the truth lead. The Tea Party realizes that their credibility is coming to an end for most Americans.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Dems move to force Republicans to reopen the government
    By Greg Sargent, Updated: October 4, 2013

    House Democratic leaders believe they have hit on a new way to potentially force House Republican leaders into allowing a vote on a “clean CR” funding the government without any defunding of Obamacare attached.

    At last count, as many as two dozen House Republicans appear prepared to vote for a clean CR. With Democrats included, that means a majority of the House of Representatives would vote right now to reopen the government. But the House GOP leadership won’t allow such a vote.

    Dems have hit on a way to use a “discharge petition,” which forces a House vote if a majority of Representatives signs it, to try to force the issue. Previously, it was thought this could not work, because a discharge petition takes 30 legislative days to ripen, so if this were tried with the clean CR that passed the Senate, this couldn’t bear fruit until some time in November.

    But now House Democrats say they have found a previously filed bill to use as a discharge petition — one that would fund the government at sequester levels.

    The bill in question is the “Government Shutdown Prevention Act,” which was introduced in March by GOP Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma. As the Congressman’s release describes it:

    If Congress fails to approve a budget by the end of each fiscal year, the Government Shutdown Prevention Act would ensure that all operations remain running normally without any interruption of services by automatically triggering a continuing resolution (CR) or short-term, stop-gap spending device. The bill creates an automatic CR for any regular appropriations bill not completed before the end of the fiscal year. After the first 120 days, auto-CR funding would be reduced by one percentage point and would continue to be reduced by that margin every 90 days.

    This afternoon, Dem Reps. Chris Van Hollen and George Miller will announce that they are introducing a discharge petition for the Lankford bill. They will discuss the procedural ins and outs of this move. The upshot: Once the petition is filed, they will begin rounding up signatures from both Democrats and Republicans. If they can get 218 signatures, a House vote to reopen the government will happen.

    Dems say that if they get enough signatures, they’d be able to force a vote by October 14th. Given that House Republicans are now talking about letting the government shutdown battle spill into the fight over the debt limit — which expires on October 17th — it’s very possible the government could still be closed at that point.

    At a minimum, this should ramp up pressure on moderate Republicans who say they want a vote on a clean CR to make good on their public statements. Presumably, House Republican leaders would put pressure on them not to sign the discharge petition, throwing House GOP intransigence into even sharper relief.

  16. rikyrah says:

    Op-Ed Columnist
    Reform Turns Real
    Published: October 3, 2013

    At this point, the crisis in American governance has taken on a life of its own. Some Republicans are now saying openly that they want concessions in return for reopening the government and avoiding default, not because they have any specific policy goals in mind, but simply because they don’t want to feel “disrespected.” And no endgame is in sight.

    But this confrontation did start with a real issue: Republican efforts to stop Obamacare from going into effect. It’s long been clear that the great fear of the Republican Party was not that health reform would fail, but that it would succeed. And developments since Tuesday, when the exchanges on which individuals will buy health insurance opened for business, strongly suggest that their worst fears will indeed be realized: This thing is going to work.

    Wait a minute, some readers are saying. Haven’t many stories so far been of computer glitches, of people confronting screens telling them that servers are busy and that they should try again later? Indeed, they have. But everyone knowledgeable about the process always expected some teething problems, and the nature of this week’s problems has actually been hugely encouraging for supporters of the program.

    First, let me say a word about the underlying irrelevance of start-up troubles for new government programs.

    Political reporting in America, especially but not only on TV, tends to be focused on the play-by-play. Who won today’s news cycle? And, to be fair, this sort of thing may matter during the final days of an election.

    But Obamacare isn’t up for a popular referendum, or a revote of any kind. It’s the law, and it’s going into effect. Its future will depend on how it works over the next few years, not the next few weeks.

    To illustrate the point, consider Medicare Part D, the drug benefit, which went into effect in 2006. It had what was widely considered a disastrous start, with seniors unclear on their benefits, pharmacies often refusing to honor valid claims, computer problems, and more. In the end, however, the program delivered lasting benefits, and woe unto any politician proposing that it be rolled back.

    So the glitches of October won’t matter in the long run. But why are they actually encouraging? Because they appear, for the most part, to be the result of the sheer volume of traffic, which has been much heavier than expected. And this means that one big worry of Obamacare supporters — that not enough people knew about the program, so that many eligible Americans would fail to sign up — is receding fast.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Friday, October 4, 2013
    My Obamacare Experience… And Why The Shutdown Was Never About Obamacare
    Being self-employed, I have had to buy my own health insurance for several years now. I have been subject to the faster-than-inflation escalations in my premiums, and got a nice 40th birthday gift from Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Illinois in the form of a $50 per month premium hike.

    Additionally, thanks to a nerve impingement in my right shoulder that needed a couple of months of physical therapy to work out in 2004, anything having to do with that shoulder is a pre-existing condition. So when I injured that shoulder in 2012 – eight years after a completely unrelated condition – Blue Cross would not pay for the office visits or the MRI to even find out what was wrong, let alone cover the arthroscopic surgery to fix the torn labrum. As a result, I have had to live with some degree of pain for the last 18 months.

    While the world waited breathlessly as the Republicans demanded ideological concessions just to keep the government open, I was actually most interested in whether the new insurance exchange launching at the same moment would lower my out-of-pocket health care costs by allowing me to access the buying power of a group and no longer be at the mercy of Blue Cross actuaries.

    As it turns out, Blue Cross themselves saved me some effort by e-mailing me a link to check out which plans they were offering in the ACA marketplace.

    I currently pay $348 per month for health insurance, with a $1500 deductible. For a plan with the same level of coverage, I will now pay $297 per month, with a $1000 deductible. This will save me $1100 on health care in 2014. That’s $1100 that I will spend on something other than health care, money that will stimulate the economy. That money did not come from other taxpayers. The savings came as a result of setting up an exchange that would allow everyone to access group buying power.

  18. rikyrah says:

    3:52 PM, October 4 2013
    The Truth About Obamacare and How It Solves the Suffering of the Insured
    By Kurt Eichenwald

    Last week, I wrote a lengthy piece to refute the Republican lies about Obamacare. This week, I am going to write about some of the truths.

    Let me start by acknowledging: Obamacare is not perfect. Neither is Medicare. Neither is Social Security. Or capitalism. Or your household. Any large system—whether proposed by Republicans or Democrats or any other circus barkers—will have flaws, many of them unfixable, that cause bumps and starts. If we required perfection in all things, we wouldn’t even have a military. Demanding such unrealistic performance is a prescription for overall failure as a nation—as a wiser person than me once said, the great is the enemy of the good.

    And we need the good because, fundamentally, the American health-care system stopped working properly long ago. (Unfortunately, this will get a little wonkish—screaming “death panels” and “socialism” is far easier than explaining medical economics.)

    Normally, I would start this discussion by providing chapter-and-verse details about the 47 million men, women, and children who now have the opportunity to obtain health insurance, to live longer and healthier lives, to avoid needless bankruptcies. But, in what to me is one of the saddest developments in our nation’s history, that reality is irrelevant to ardent Obamacare opponents. Words like “takers” and “slackers” are thrown at the uninsured, as if they have brought their pre-existing conditions, jobs without benefits, or low-paying positions on themselves. One Tea Party type I spoke with actually said the way to solve the health-care problem would be for the lazy uninsured just to take jobs that provide insurance benefits—as if there were tens of millions of such employment opportunities out there, unfilled. It’s the kind of simplistic answer that allows for the willfully blind to ignore the realities of the uninsured.

    But enough. I’ll address the difficulties of the uninsured further down. These days, I have to start by answering the question “What’s in it for me?” (One side note: I’ve always wondered how many of the commenters who criticize my pieces ever actually read them. So, will all critics please type the phrase “I think you’re wrong” at the beginning of your comment? Let’s see how many do.)

    The first thing to understand is that when people don’t have insurance, it hurts other people with insurance. In fact, the uninsured affect the finances, quality of care, and availability of medical assistance to every person in a community, regardless of their insurance status.

    This is the fundamental issue that too many people do not understand. There seems to be this belief among some that those who are uninsured simply go off and die somewhere, thus having no impact on the medical-care-delivery system in the United States. But the opposite is true—the uninsured have some of the most dramatic effects of any group on our nation’s health-care system.

  19. rikyrah says:

    Clinging to that Whiteness….

    fuck ’em.

    they wanna be stupid, go ahead.


    Even amid furloughs, some Texans cheer Cruz
    WILL WEISSERT 4 hours ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — Thanks to Texas’ new senator, Dale Huls is out of a job_at least for now. Yet Huls has never been prouder that he voted for him.

    “Without Ted Cruz this doesn’t happen,” said Huls, a NASA systems engineer who was among roughly 3,000 federal employees furloughed from Houston’s Johnson Space Center after tea party Republicans triggered the partial government shutdown.

    “This is something Americans have to get used to,” said Huls. “Even if it affects your livelihood, you’ve got to stand up.

  20. Capitol Hill Shooting -Eyewitness describes what happened. Witness says car stopped, baby pulled out then shots fired.

  21. Yahtc says:

    “Shirley Chisholm : The First Black Congresswoman”

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    “Greater Charlotte Robotics Program”

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  26. Yahtc says:

    Amana Brembry Johnson works as a mixed-media artist. She has created figurative sculpture in stone for nearly two decades. Her current work reflects an integration of traditional stone sculpture and ceramic work with other media to create multi-layered, sculptural environments that can be experienced in both a visual and tactile manner.

    Johnson earned a Masters degree in sculpture from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of California in Irvine, where she received a Bachelors degree in Social Ecology/Comparative Culture. She has created public work throughout the United States and has been the recipient of numerous awards.

    Some of her works:

  27. rikyrah says:

    De Blasio Focuses on Inequality as He Courts Business Elite

    Published: October 4, 2013

    Bill de Blasio delivered on Friday his most detailed blueprint yet for how he would reimagine New York as a more equitable and populist metropolis, even as he works diligently behind the scenes to send a subtler message to the city’s corporate titans: He is not their enemy.

    In a speech before a prominent civic group, Mr. de Blasio, the Democratic nominee for mayor, denounced giveaways to the real estate industry, pledged to re-energize labor unions and declared that the city’s “affordability crisis” was as urgent and serious a problem as the turmoil faced after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    “We cannot expect prosperity to trickle down from the top,” he said during the speech in Midtown Manhattan, adding, “We cannot resign ourselves to the mind-set that says rising inequality is a necessary byproduct of urban success.”

    He was met with a standing ovation from an overflow crowd of wealthy business leaders — the same group that a year ago had responded to a similar speech by Mr. de Blasio with chilly disregard.

    It was the surest sign yet of a thaw in the relationship between Mr. de Blasio, the fiery campaigner who took direct aim at the wealth of the Bloomberg years, and the business elite, who had viewed him warily until he secured the Democratic nomination just weeks ago.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

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