As if anyone needed any more proof that Bloomberg was bent on destroying anything related to community-building in New York City, the New York Post reports this:
So much for serving the homeless.
The Bloomberg administration is now taking the term “food police” to new depths, blocking food donations to all government-run facilities that serve the city’s homeless.
In conjunction with a mayoral task force and the Health Department, the Department of Homeless Services recently started enforcing new nutritional rules for food served at city shelters. Since DHS can’t assess the nutritional content of donated food, shelters have to turn away good Samaritans.
Anyone who needs a crash course in how to sterilize communities just needs to follow the Michael Bloomberg playbook:
a) Destroy large public schools that served communities for over 100 years and replace them with small gimmick and corporate charter schools.
b) Kick out the poorest and neediest religious congregations from school buildings under the guise of protecting church-state separation.
c) Institute “stop and frisk” and use the police department as your own personal army.
d) Prevent all food donations to the homeless.
Of course, all of these policies have to be clad in a concern for the people. Shutting down “failing schools” is good. Protecting the sanctity of church-state separation is good. “Stop and frisk” protects the city from terrorism. Those food donations are too high in sodium for the starving people of the city. Only his cronies are capable of dolling out highly nutritious slop, since independent donations might reduce the need for millionaire food contractors.
We are living in a completely authoritarian and corporatized fiefdom run by a man who sees himself as a feudal lord. And why not? Like many other lords, he bought his title fair and square.