Election 2020

Bill de Blasio Is the Worst 2020 Candidate on Property Rights

The mayor of America's largest city is openly contemptuous of private property rights.


None of the Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 are great on the issue of property rights, but the race's newest entrant might just be the worst of the bunch.

On Thursday morning, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he would be competing for his party's nomination for president, making him the 23rd Democrat to do so.

"As president, I will take on the wealthy, I will take on the big corporations, I will not rest until this government serves working people," de Blasio said in his announcement video. "There's plenty of money in this world, there's plenty of money in this country, it's just in the wrong hands."

Given his zealous support for shifting wealth from the wrong hands to the right hands, it should come as no surprise that Mayor de Blasio has taken a dim view of property rights.

For a couple of days in late April, to take the most recent example, de Blasio told anyone who would listen that he wanted to prohibit developers from constructing glass and steel skyscrapers.

"We are going to ban the classic glass and steel skyscrapers, which are incredibly inefficient," the mayor said on MSNBC. That same day on a local news show, de Blasio reiterated his call for a skyscraper ban while adding a little garnish of class warfare.

"Glass and steel buildings, the ones that were built for decades, were just huge emitters of greenhouse gases," he said as quoted by Curbed."They were built, as you know, [as] monuments to wealth but they were horrible for the environment. And what we are saying is we are going to ban those."

The "ban" de Blasio is described turned out to be more rhetorical flourish than concrete policy. The mayor's director of the Office of Sustainability later clarified that there would not be a strict ban on using glass in new high-rises. Rather, developers would be required to abide by very strict energy efficiency practices when putting up new buildings.

That de Blasio would feel the need to describe his yet-to-be-formulated policy as a ban, even when it's not, is telling. The mayor has little compunction about telling property owners what they can and can't do with their land. Indeed, that's part of his brand.

Take, for instance, de Blasio's call back in January for the city to seize the buildings of landlords who've let their apartments fall into disrepair.

"When a landlord tries to push out a tenant by making their home unlivable, a team of inspectors and law enforcement agents will be on the ground in time to stop it," de Blasio said."We will seize their buildings, and we will put them in the hands of a community nonprofit that will treat tenants with the respect they deserve."

This, again, was mostly bluster. The only policy change to come from the mayor's call for dispossessing landlords of their property was an executive order creating an Office to Protect Tenants, which was given the more modest portfolio of connecting renters with existing social services.

This time, de Blasio's dumping on private property earned him a rebuke from other New York City politicians more wary of government land seizures.

"I am deeply concerned by Mayor de Blasio's proposed expansion of property seizures like those carried out through the controversial Third Party Transfer [TPT] program," wrote Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D), making reference to a city program that seizes properties with unpaid taxes or utility bills, and then hands them over to a third party who then sells them to developers.

The program has courted controversy over a number of its completed and attempted takings, including one instance where the city tried to seize the $2 million property of a woman for having a $3,000 delinquent tax bill.

A class action suit has also been filed against the city alleging the TPT program has resulted in numerous unconstitutional property seizures.

And while de Blasio is supremely confident in the ability of city government to manage properties better than private landlords, the New York City Public Advocate ranked the New York City Public Housing Authority as the worst landlord in the city, due to the staggering number of open work orders and needed repairs at city-owned residential properties.

Lest one think too much is being made of a few random examples, de Blasio has been quite explicit that his dim view of private property extends beyond a desire to go after slumlords or cut back on emissions.

Here's de Blasio in 2017 questioning the very existence of private property in an interview with New York Magazine:

"What's been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there's a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that's the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development."

"If I had my druthers," added de Blasio in the same interview, "the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That's a world I'd love to see."

This is a remarkably explicit attack on both the idea that private landowners have a right to make decisions about what to do with their own property and on the constitutional protections of that right.

That makes de Blasio even less of a fan of private property than self-described socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I–Vt.) who has been at least been a consistent critic of eminent domain.

America's cities, New York included, are suffering from a worsening housing affordability crisis. Rents and home prices continue to rise, straining the budgets of some tenants, and forcing others to decamp to the fringes of urban areas in search of cheaper housing.

In large part, this is the result of government regulations that dictate what can get built where and force property owners into labyrinthine approval processes that can add years to the completion time of projects.

That the mayor of the country's largest city doesn't see the current level of government regulation of land use as a problem, and in fact wants to go further by rolling back protections of private property altogether, makes de Blasio unfit to government New York City, let alone the entire country.

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  1. You sound like a panicky snowflake, per ENB

    1. Okay this made me laugh

  2. Bill de Blasio is a shithead. The only thing he has to offer the Democrats is the potential to take his home state in the general election–which was already sure to go for the Democrats anyway.

    I’ve often pointed out that journalists have little appreciation for how they’re perceived in the world. As low as Trump’s approval ratings were when he was elected in 2016, the American people’s opinion of the media news was even lower. Watching and reading the news, you’d never have known that journalists were less popular than pay day lenders, used car salesmen, and ambulance chasing personal injury attorneys. They seemed to think they’re not only popular but influential.

    New York City is like that only more so.

    Remember that time on South Park when Wendy beat the shit out of Cartman, everyone was cheering her on, they were all laughing in his face and making fun of him for getting beaten up, but he somehow walked away thinking that everyone liked him and thought that he was cool? That’s New York City. No, the rest of the country doesn’t hate you because we’re jealous. Has there ever been a shittier place to live where people are also more proud of themselves for living there?

    Not only do they not realize they’re living in a shit-hole. They think the rest of us want to be a shit-hole like them, too.

    1. As president, I will take on the wealthy, I will take on the big corporations, Wink, wink! Nudge, nudge!

      Does this strike anyone else as a sly reference to masturbation? He is so clearly describing himself, so “taking on himself” is choking the chicken, right? As a self-posessed pervert, getting to mention stroking his salami at a press conference has gotta be titilating.

      I mean, I am sure that he actually gets his handys from interns at City Hall, but from the look on that black guys face behind him, we can surmise that he has his junk hanging out behind that podium.

        1. The policies that he spoke of at that press conference were unconstitutional. Acknowledging that those arguments have any place in a country founded on individual liberty is the problem. By addressing them directly, we give them, even if only temporarily, validity. I am no longer willing to fight for that entitled, pampered piece of shit’s right to stand up and call for the re-establishment of slavery. Limits on our right to fairly contract for our property and our prosperity are slavery. To that end, we need to stop responding to the commie-totalitarian nonsense that DeBlasio spews like a baby barfing down his mother’s blouse and start talking about whether he likes to swing his dick behind the podium.

          This is the tack we should take with mass murderers as well. If those “would rather go down in infamy than ignominy” types knew that we were not going to give them their wish, maybe they would hesitate to vent their psychoses on the public. Imagine if Dylan Roof were well known as the SC shooter with a micro-penis, or if Klebold & Harris were the Columbine shooters who liked to jerk each other off while sporting butt-plugs with rainbow tails attached while watching My Little Pony. The idea that we owe those fuckwads some level of truthfulness in the news or otherwise is a joke. The media should mock the everloving crap out of them with every lie it can think up. I hear the FBI has a whole dossier of sick crap to lie about.

          I always liked in the Harry Potter stories that the way to defeat the creature that turned into the thing that scared you the most (a boggart) was to make it ridiculous and laugh at it. Psychos and totalitarians both hate the idea of being laughed at more than anything else. That should tell us something about totalitarians.

    2. +A billion times infinity. Thank you.
      I have never understood the boner people get from saying they live in New York. Overpriced, overrated, over populated with douchebags and tourists. The outlying areas are the trashiest shit holes in the country. Who would honestly think they’ve lived a fulfilling life when they reminisce about think about the endless hours wasted trying to eke out an existence in that pretentious, miserable, cramped dirtbag berg.

  3. Comrade Bill de Blasio, on behalf of the Green New Deal, you’re no longer allowed to ride in your limo and other cars.

    For now on, you must walk, ride a bike, or take the subway!!

    For the future of our children and Mother Earth !!!

    1. Subways run on carbon; they will have to go.
      Bicycles have to be manufactured; they will have to go.
      Using social media consumes vast quantities of fossil fuel to keep the devices charged; it will have to go.
      de Blasio exhales carbon dioxide; he will have to go.

      1. Subways run on carbon

        Nuh uh, they run on electricity!

        1. I love the bewilderd look on people’s faces when I tell them that their Tesla or Nissan Leaf or whatever still causes carbon emissions, just that those carbon emissions now happen over at the power generation plant instead of coming out of their car’s exhaust pipe.

          The look on people’s faces is priceless. The bewildered blank stair followed by half of these people making the realization that I am right. All they’ve done is make sure their carbon emissions happen somewhere else, and now they’ve proceeded to brag about it and pat themselves on the back in front of all their friends and neighbors. I have a messed up sense of humor I guess.

          1. I have a messed up sense of humor I guess.

            You and me both. I love telling people I refuse to take part in curb side recycling since that is one more truck on the road and most of it ends up in a landfill anyway or even worse shipped to China/Asia where they are “recycled”.

            1. Haha! I just told my brother’s girlfriend the same thing yesterday. She was devastated.

              1. You should have followed up with a YouTube video of some cute little animals being killed because of her recycling

                1. Oh, your’e an asshole. I like that; this is the ultimate compliment.

  4. Bill de Blasio Is the Worst 2020 Candidate on Property Rights</strike

    1. I’m evidently the worst candidate on closing tags.

      1. /s works too

      2. I don’t even bother so you I’ll give you props for trying.

    2. Worst 2020 candidate so far.


  5. “As president, I will take on the wealthy, I will take on the big corporations, I will not rest until this government serves working people”

    See, as a Koch / Reason left-libertarian this is exactly what I don’t want to hear from Democrats. There’s no need to make “the wealthy” and “big corporations” the enemy, especially since those groups are increasingly on the Democrats’ side.

    For instance, I’m sure de Blasio would agree Google (Alphabet) is a “big corporation,” and we know how Google leadership reacted to the 2016 election being stolen from Hillary Clinton. Likewise, “the wealthy” are using their money to promote social justice, whether it’s billionaire Tom Steyer urging impeachment or the billionaire Koch Brothers funding open borders advocacy.

    (Of course, de Blasio is still better than Tulsi Gabbard and Orange Hitler.)

  6. “There’s plenty of money in this world, there’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands.”


    1. Maybe he means the government’s hands.

    2. The ghost of John Dillinger writes DeBlasio’s speeches for him.

      1. he would never.

  7. Isn’t the Communist Control Act still law? SCOTUS never deemed it unconstitutional. Might be time to start enforcing it again.

    1. SCOTUS didn’t, but lower courts did.

      1. And that stops attempted enforcement how? If we can pass bills just to create a legal challenge, why stop at Roe v. Wade? I see no reason why we shouldn’t be able to deport subversive Soviet agents. There isn’t even a Soviet Union left to serve (at least in name) and they’re still playing the part perfectly. Marxist based policies are inherently violent and an existential threat to our Constitution and nation. They undermine the social contract of our citizens and aim to make us subservient to foreign powers through unrestricted mass migration and replacement.

    2. We definitely need a slew of anti communist action to bring these people down. Anyone who is a booster of Marxist philosophy should be very afraid to be in America.

      1. Eh, they have had teaching positions in our great university system for decades. Research Bernardine Dohrn.

  8. Pieces of shit like Bill DeBlasio are what turned me into a libertarian in the first place.
    He probably got picked on as a teenager for having a pimple-sized dick, and now he dreams of bossing everyone around.
    Hey Billy: ????Fuck off, slaver.

  9. He’s probably despised by people a few hours up the Hudson. How far is he up his own ass that he thinks people in Iowa or Wisconsin are going to like him enough to elect him?

    1. He’s never heard of Iowa or Wisconsin. What are those?

      1. Places that will be systematically starved to death once he nationalizes agriculture.

  10. de Blasio is the worst candidate period.

    1. Bernie is ultimately worse. Either way, they’re both pure evil.

      1. DeBlasio is not afraid to say on national television that he is a full on authoritarian marxist. His age makes him more disturbing, along with the fact that the city that contains the financial center of the world votes for this comrade.

  11. “I dream of a United States,” Comrade De Blasio said in his announcement, “where every man, woman and child is free to poop in the street and jump subway turnstiles.” Then he added” “Other freedoms, not so much. That would be reactionary.”

  12. Hes at, like, 1%? You can relax.

    1. 1% is too much for this piece of shit.

  13. He would be a good fit with J. Stevens.

  14. Guys like DeBlasio remind me that, as bad as most Republicans are, the Democrat party is so bad you find yourself becoming more and more supportive of Republicans in general.

    1. The mainstream democrats are so awful they make me think Bernie Sanders might not be that bad.

    2. True

  15. There is still time for a Clinton run. Biden is suddenly slurring and choking on phrases. Doesn’t look good for the non-marxist side of the democratic party (what, all two or three of them?). Did not think it could get crazier and now here we are, Chairman DeBlasio.

  16. New York’s alright if you like saxophones.

    1. It should surprise no one that the city that spreads tomato sauce and cheese on a pita and calls it pizza is going to be chintzy when it comes to you claiming your property.

      1. indeed. and NY pizza is fucking awful. hate.

    2. But, since saxophones are closely linked to jazz, which is closely linked to heroin use and other illegal drug use, shouldn’t we require a permit to own one? I am sure that banning saxophones would help reduce the violent crime rate…

  17. Polling update just in De Blasio is at negative 5% and falling. Even his family won’t vote for him

  18. Herr Wilhelm.

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  20. De Blasio and family is like a weird reboot of a Norman Lear show. He’s male Maude married to Florida or Weezie. Dy-No-Mite!

  21. ‘Nother notch in Trump’s stock:

    “Trump administration pulls $929 million in funding for California high-speed rail”
    “LOS ANGELES — The Federal Railroad Administration announced Thursday that it terminated a 2010 agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and will pull a nearly $929 million federal grant.
    In a release, the FRA — part of the U.S. Department of Transportation — said California’s rail authority “repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project. Additionally, California has abandoned its original vision of a high-speed passenger rail service connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was essential to its applications for FRA grant funding.”…”

    Which really isn’t the half of it:
    As passed by the voters, absolutely no construction was to begin without some threshold amount of private funding in hand.
    As you might imagine, no one, not even moonbeam or Clooney, or meathead was stupid enough to risk their own money on this boondoggle.
    It went to court, and somehow, they judge managed to find some wiggle-room in a ‘promise of private money’ or some such, and the
    the bureaucrats pushed the construction under the theory that once it was in construction, no one would dare stop it.

  22. “The mayor of America’s largest city is openly contemptuous of private property rights.”

    The mayor of America’s largest city is openly contemptuous of individual rights.

    fixed it for you …

  23. “None of the Democratic candidates running for president in 2020 are great on the issue of property rights”

    None of the Democratic or Republican candidates running for president in 2020 are great on the issue of property rights

    fixed it for you …

  24. “”To serve working people”! It’s a cookbook”

  25. I am absolutely thrilled he is running for President. The saying is nothing kills a bad product faster than good advertising. Let’s put his record in NY on full display to let people why not to vote for the incompetent big government nanny state.

  26. While this headline isn’t inaccurate, it would be just as valid with three fewer words.

  27. The Mayor sounds like Joe Biden…

    “There’s plenty of money in this world, there’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands.”

    Meanwhile, Joe Biden was in South Carolina…

    “I don’t have to raise anybody’s taxes to improve education. I don’t have to raise anybody’s taxes to improve rural infrastructure. I don’t have to raise anybody’s taxes to make sure we have health care. All I got to do is take back from those folks who don’t deserve it,” Biden said.

  28. I DO take some solace from knowing that most of the rich today support the Democratic Party and their anti-wealth candidates. After the 2020 election, these wealthy leftists (it’s trendy to be a progressive these days) will get what’s coming to them — good and hard.

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