One Fine Day

Now we know that the mayor isn’t much of a crooner so his latest rendition of the Chiffons hit, “One Fine Day,” hits a truly discordant note. Blasting the counterattack against the huge revenue increase brought in by the DOH’s regulatory assault in restaurants, Mayor Mike calls out the critics and accuses them of being politically motivated:

“Potential City Council legislation to reduce health-inspection fines for restaurants is motivated by elected officials’ thirst to help an industry that is donating money to their political campaigns, Mayor Michael Bloomberg charged Friday.”

Wall Street Journal

The mayor then goes on to demonstrate an absolute ignorance of his own regulatory machinery:

“It’s a question of whether you want to help the public or not—all the restaurants got to do is get rid of the mice and the cockroaches and the open containers, follow the rules and they won’t have any fines,” said Mr. Bloomberg, voicing his opposition to any legislation that would reduce fines. “[Elected officials] should talk to the people who eat in the restaurants, as opposed to the people that own the restaurants and are helping their campaign.”

How high up on the stupidity chart does this statement rank? Right at the top as far as we’re concerned. Bloomberg has no idea that a great percentage of the fines have nothing to do with health per se-and relate to other aspects of the health code that have nothing to do with the healthy quality of a restaurants fare.

But the fact that the mayor sees nothing wrong with regulations that triple the number of fines collected in one year underscores just how out of touch he is-and his libeling of restaurant owners demonstrates just how anti-small business he is; a point justifiably raised by Public Advocate de Blasio the other day:

”Questioning the ethics of elected officials who are contemplating the proposal, Mr. Bloomberg suggested that the industry’s campaign donations are a significant factor in their support.

The mayor said that a small number of people in the restaurant industry don’t “want to clean up their act” and that they give money to elected officials who then rush to the “defense lines and start screaming.”

Can the hostility be any more blatant? And this is from a mayor who has raised the cost of doing business to astronomical levels as he pursues his big government Nanny State goals.

The mayor also doesn’t understand that the owners are at the mercy of the inspectors who come into their restaurants-and the arbitrary nature of their “findings” (quotas anyone?). He also is so blithely unconcerned about how regulatory costs increase the cost of doing business that he and his health commissioner fanatic have never bothered to do a cost benefit analysis of their regulatory system to see if it stifles economic growth?

The DOH’s assertions that the regulatory system is improving health must also be taken with a grain of salt (Can we take something with a grain of salt in Mike Bloomberg’s New York anymore?):

“Health department spokesman Sam Miller said increased inspections of poorly performing restaurants and related fines have improved public health. Since the city began requiring restaurants to post letter-grade inspection scores in their windows in July 2010, salmonella cases are down 15%…”

Down from what? If this was an incredibly low baseline to begin with then the 15% figure is truly meaningless-and that’s assuming we can trust any government bureaucrat to tell the truth in the first place. Rob Bookman’s comments capture the anti-business impact of the mayor’s unhealthy obsession-and he gets the last word:

“If the restaurants are safer, then the fines should be going down,” he said. Too much money, he said, is “going out of the pockets of small business owners making it increasingly difficult for them to do other things, like expand or increase employee wages.”


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