NY: Bloomberg – Thompson Debate

Unbelieveable! almost no questions about UNEMPLOYMENT!

Courtesy of theuptowncurrent

NYPost OpEd:

BY the end last night’s debate between incumbent Mayor Michael Bloomberg and challenger Bill Thompson, the city comptroller, we had the answers to numerous pressing questions. We knew if the candidates had ever had a manicure, where they stood on the Roman Polanski affair and whether they exercised regularly. But we still awaited the first adult discussion on our imperiled economy.

The economy came up only in passing, when the candidates referred to the homeless, crime or subsidized housing. Amazingly, none of the questions in the debate — sponsored by NY1 and radio station WNYC and held at The Museum of the Barrio — spoke to the looming economic and fiscal dangers ahead.

Unemployment went unmentioned, even though the city has lost 100,000 jobs since Wall Street tanked, sending our unemployment rate up to 10.3 percent — the highest level in 16 years.

Barring an entirely unexpected revival in hiring, that number will only go sharply higher as the financial sector continues to shrink and as the numbing effect of federal stimulus money wears off in a year and half — leaving the next mayor in the fiscal soup.

An alert challenger less concerned with pandering would have asked, as Thompson did not, why, even in the recent boom years, the city’s rate of job creation has been so far below the average of the last 30 years. And asked why so many of the jobs that have been created are either in low-end hospitality work or at city-subsidized health-care facilities….

Clips 3-7 of the debate after the break-

Continues after the break:

Closing Remarks:

October 14, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Politics.

One Comment

  1. transparnc replied:

    Valid points.
    Considering that Bloomberg is the current Mayor, alot of the negatives that have occurred in the City was under his watch. In addition, considering that he is the Savior of NYC, he should have brought up the issues affecting NYC, such as the Unemployment rate, etc. But he didn’t.
    I feel that even though both candiadates and the panel missed talking about some key issues, Thompson held his own and won the debate hands down, no question about it.
    Bloomberg stood there with his stupid smug, face of entitlement while Thompson brought up issues like Term Limits. He made his case strongly about that. Bloomberg’s response was that we will soon see if that’s an important issue to the voters on Nov. 3.
    This Imbosil has ignored the point that he Lied to the Public, went behind there backs and strongarmed the City Council to extend term limits. The King, or rather mayor, has No Integrity and that is an Important Issue regarding who should lead our City for another 4 years.
    The record does not matter, as he was only suppoosed to serve 8 years, and his term has expired. Exceptions should not be made, no matter the circumstances.
    It’s akin to saying that if a POTUS leads the United States to Prosperity and Peace for 8 years, that we should extend term Limits for him also. It’s not done and that’s the way it is. This avoids having a Monarchy as well as avoiding impropriorties (sp?)
    When Bloomberg leaves, so do 1000’s of people in his inner circle. A fresh start.
    I say, “Out with the Old, and in with the New,” as Bloomberg has had 8 years, and really should have never been on the ballot anyway.
    Being Mayor is just lining his pockets with Billions of Dollars, as the increases in value of his businesses have proven.
    Bloomberg is a bumpkin and he should be laid out with the Pumpkins this Halloween, or I should say, 3 days after.


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