Do most Americans like the idea of Lady Liberty making an obscene gesture? New Yorkers will undoubtedly prove they do with their dollar bills today and make the issue of the liberal New York Daily News with that image on its cover, her finger directed at Iowa GOP front-runner Ted Cruz, one of its best-selling editions ever.
Two years ago, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared that "conservatives who are right-to-life" and oppose liberal Democrats on gun control and same-sex marriage "have no place in the state of New York, because that's not who New Yorkers are."
New York City's leftist Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately said he agreed with Cuomo's exclusionist interpretation of New York values, adding that "an extremist attitude does not represent the views of the people of New York state."
The Daily News cover is a reference to its infamous Oct, 1975 cover, "Ford To City: Drop Dead," in which "New York values" apparently had to do with the rest of the country paying for the Big Apple's many years of profligate spending and saving it from bankruptcy.
Let's recall what the paper actually reported that day: "President Ford declared flatly today that he would veto any bill calling for 'a federal bailout of New York City' and instead proposed legislation that would make it easier for the city to go into bankruptcy."
The Republican president promised that "if default came, the federal government would see to it that 'essential public services for the people of New York City' would be maintained" — hardly "Drop Dead."Read the rest of Thomas McArdle's op-ed HERE.
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