New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg's take on all things Irish
Look at the Middle East. They’re building 3,000 tall buildings in places where there’s no reason to go. There’s no water, it’s so hot you can’t go outside, why would anybody want to go there?
We are as guilty as anybody. Alan Greenspan talks about irrational exuberance. He didn’t do anything about it because the politics were ... if you’re doing good business and he walks in and says, ‘Stop doing business because you’re going to over-expand.’ I don’t think so.
Immigration is an issue in the Irish community. The downturn in Ireland has led to a lot of new people coming over here. You’ve spoken out as you said already about illegal immigration, and opening the borders. What practical ways can you think of to do this?
Well in New York City, I have an executive order that we will not ask your documentation status for any government service, unless the federal government requires it, or you get arrested.
What nobody quite understands about the undocumented, and I think it’s true no matter where they come from, all the conventional wisdoms of Lou Dobbs -- who has done an enormous amount of damage to this country – the undocumented have very low (rates of) crime. Why? Because they don’t want to go near the government.
Undocumented pay taxes. Why? Because their company deducts and there’s no place to send the refund. Undocumented don’t use our schools very much. They tend to be young people coming here who don’t go and have families. They tend to send money back home.
Undocumented don’t use our hospitals much. Why? Because most of us use three quarters of our medical expenses in the last three years of our life, and these are young people who come here. And the argument that undocumented take jobs away from Americans is just not true. You cannot get Americans generally to do these jobs.
Now you can say wait a minute and pay them more, but if you did that, yes, more Americans would take them, but the organizations couldn’t survive. Golf courses can’t survive if they have high-cost grass cutters.
To answer your question on what do you do, it’s the elected officials. They are cowed, and it’s not Republican or Democrat, it is to some extent geographical.
Here in New York City you would never hear somebody complain about immigration. On the other hand, you don’t have to go very far, just go to Nassau and Suffolk counties, and Westchester, although Nassau and Suffolk seem to be the worst, and you can see …
who the hell cuts their lawn? Who the hell builds the things?
It’s all undocumented. It’s like people who believe in creationism. I always wondered, what doctor do you go to? You want a doctor that doesn’t believe in science?!
What I can do for local government is make sure that we welcome immigrants, and that people understand how valuable they are.
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I am sorry to pick on you Cahir but I tend to pick on the email title of the dispicable comments that catch my ire, and 4 out of 5 times it is you autIrish outrage over NY Times pigeon-eating and desperate economic times article
Of course the sanctimonious Irish are in a snit about something that makes them look worse than 100% perfect. Yes, the pigeon eating is true and the IMegyn Kelly says Santa and Jesus are white, get used to it (VIDEO)
Phaenius, you do know that Jesus wasn't born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania right? It sounds like you don't.Megyn Kelly says Santa and Jesus are white, get used to it (VIDEO)
Wow! So Kelly is the only person who has actually seen Jesus (who didn't exist) and Santa (who doesn't exist)? By the way when I was a child in Ir