To the L Magazine:
1. The “debate” about Rent Control is yet another absolute scam by crooked hyper-capitalists and I can prove it in three sentences: They argue that rent control itself is the reason we pay such high rent — which is beyond comical (because if we legislate that, say, all studios must cost $400, well, then no studio COULD COST MORE THAN $400, duh!) — but we’ve already tested this out. NYC has no COMMERCIAL rent control whatsoever, meaning the “free market” has “free” reign, and so did commercial rent prices get lower and lower? Nope. They went in the exact OPPOSITE direction, and today, NYC has the highest commercial rental prices on Earth! (I don’t count “Nope” as a sentence.) Game over.
The total lies about this topic are like the total lies about most other capitalist scams, such as that “stadiums create massive economic development,” another “debate” that the crooked right wingers lost decades ago: Yankee and Shea Stadium are ghost towns, vacant 90 percent of the year, surrounded by shuttered souvenir shops and junkyards and auto body shops! In fact, stadiums actually DESTROY a local economy because even a parking lot or a public park or a ghetto apartment complex is used 12 months of the year, unlike stadiums! NYC is getting scammed harder than they know and the media won’t tell you the truth.
2. Kiel’s piece on Tax Hike Mike is a mess (The Building of City Hell, June 8), but I’ll only address a few major errors.
EX: he writes, “To win an election takes a good politician,” but we all know that’s precisely false. All it takes is a ton of money to flood TV and radio and buy off the media with expensive advertising (so they mislead their readers who get their news from these liars) and even if you don’t have any specifics or plans whatsoever, you’re in! (See Lord Bloomberg and the Governator Arnold.)
EX: Kiel claims that Bloomberg is behind so much urban development, but does he not know that Giuliani was the one behind most of these snowjobs? (Doctoroff is a leftover Giuliani goon, like half of Bloomberg’s staff is, and most of these projects began with Giuliani, the biggest crook in town). It reminds me of the fact that 100% of people blame/credit Giuliani for bringing Disney to Times Square when it was ALL David Dinkins’ doing. (Sadly, humans are too lazy to be bothered with details.)
EX: Kiel is unclear about his persuasions, but he lets on that he knows most of these developments are total scams upon taxpayers and citizens. But then he should finish the job, educating his readers on the TRUTH. For instance, ALL the talk about “affordable housing” is another absolute scam by corrupt govt and hyper-capitalists. For instance, 100% of the affordable housing they build reverts to FULL MARKET RATES after a mere ten years! (The media keeps that little fact out because it’s not interesting, like Ben Affleck’s love life.) As if that wasn’t a TKO on its own, I can show you their notices for “affordable” housing that has studios at $1,600 a month! That’s HIGHER than most “free market” studios in NYC! (Shall I go on?) Anyone who falls for these yummy carrots is a fool. “Affordable housing” when attached to major developments is a FARCE.
Christopher X. Brodeur