A good headline does more than catch the reader’s eye. It can live on long after the particular new story that it is connected to is confined the history books. In the mid-1970s, New York City, like the rest of the United States was in economic turmoil.
When the city government appealed to the feds for help, the response was less than positive. The headline from October 30th, 1975 edition of the New York Daily News was the following: “Ford to City: Drop Dead”.
The Ford referred to in the headline is the late 38th President, Gerald Ford.
Though I was not around back then, I can imagine that the fiscal crisis was similar to what we are going through now.
Cities around the country have appealed, like they did 45 years ago, to the Federal government for help. Covid-19 has forced state and local governments to rearrange their finances to do everything they can do defeat the virus. This has led to a fiscal crisis, compelling officials to determine what they can and cannot spend money on. That choice, whatever it is, will not be easy and will raise the ire of more than one person.
We all know that you know who is, unfortunately, a born and bred New Yorker. We also know that he has the emotional temperament and maturity of a spoiled four-year-old child. This morning, Mayor Bill de Blasio asked his fellow New Yorker why he has abandoned his hometown.
In truth, no one should be surprised by the reaction of the President. Instead of doling out funds and resources equally, his choices of where to send aid depends on who is kissing his ass.
Add it to the list of the reasons to vote him out of office in the fall.