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Ed Koch, Former NYC Mayor, Dies At Age 88  
User currently offlineSTT757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1327 times:

Breaking news now that former NYC Mayor Ed Koch has died, for those of us who lived in NYC during his tenure he was instrumental in leading the city out of the bad old days of "Ford to NYC Drop Dead" to the 1980s when Wall Street started NYC's comeback. There was definitely a stumble in NYC's rebirth after Koch during the Dinkin's administration, however Giuliani later picked back up on the NYC transformation that Koch had started. His famous line was always "How am I'm doin?", to me he did great.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/f...dead_at_age_75lqLcuapohQ9JC6ILAXrL

[Edited 2013-02-01 03:38:36]

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User currently offlineDreadnought From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1307 times:

Quoting STT757 (Thread starter):
Breaking news now that former NYC Mayor Ed Koch has died, for those of us who lived in NYC during his tenure he was instrumental in leading the city out of the bad old days of "Ford to NYC Drop Dead" to the 1980s when Wall Street started NYC's comeback.

I wonder if there is a lesson here about what happens when a government spends itself to oblivion, asks for bail-outs and is told strictly and emphatically "NO".

My sympathies to his family.


User currently offlineDarksnowynight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1304 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):

I wonder if there is a lesson here about what happens when a government spends itself to oblivion, asks for bail-outs and is told strictly and emphatically "NO".

What? That you'll die wealthily of old age one day?


User currently offlineDreadnought From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Quoting Darksnowynight (Reply 2):
What? That you'll die wealthily of old age one day?

That the shock being told, not only no, but Hell No, can get people to wake up and smell the coffee, and make required, if unpopular changes in their lives (or the city) to get back on their feet.


User currently offlineDarksnowynight From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 3):

That the shock being told, not only no, but Hell No, can get people to wake up and smell the coffee, and make required, if unpopular changes in their lives (or the city) to get back on their feet.

Sure, man. Now how is that at all related to dying peacefully of old age?

Looks like he did a lot of really great things for NYC & I certainly understand how many will regard this as a sad day.


User currently offlineSTT757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1281 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
I wonder if there is a lesson here about what happens when a government spends itself to oblivion, asks for bail-outs and is told strictly and emphatically "NO".

Maybe your not aware but despite that headline NYC eventually got their bailout, and have done quite well ever since. The Federal Government also earned interest on the loan.


User currently onlineRevelation From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1275 times:

Ed Koch was an excellent mayor and an interesting guy to boot.

He is responsible for me drinking my coffee black. Someone was interviewing him and they asked him why he drank his coffee black and he said "When I drink coffee, I want to taste coffee, not milk and sugar!". That very day I tried coffee black for the first time after years of "regular" and that was it, no more "regular". I guess once you've had black, you never go back!  

He was also fairly well known for telling people to "f*** off" when they asked him questions he thought were too personal.


User currently onlinestlgph From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

A friend and colleague, he'll be missed.

User currently offlineslider From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1239 times:

Koch was one of a kind...a real leader who was a personable genuine man.

I can only imagine how herculean it is to be the Mayor of NYC, but he should be applauded for so much positive reform that occurred under his watch. It's just a damn shame Nanny Bloomberg is tyrannically dismantling it.


User currently offlineKen777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
I wonder if there is a lesson here about what happens when a government spends itself to oblivion, asks for bail-outs and is told strictly and emphatically "NO".

IIRC for Ed Koch it resulted in him raising taxes. Wasn't he the Mayor who brought in City Income Taxes?

Quoting STT757 (Reply 5):
The Federal Government also earned interest on the loan.

Of course it did. Just like they made big dollars on the original Chrysler bailout.

The government is actually pretty good at extracting interest & fees.


User currently offlinevarigb707 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 1035 times:

Just when a film about him came out...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2237822/


User currently offlineFlyDeltaJets From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 983 times:
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Quoting Ken777 (Reply 9):
IIRC for Ed Koch it resulted in him raising taxes. Wasn't he the Mayor who brought in City Income Taxes?

Yep
He also spent millions on renovating the projects, hiring more police, and other civil projects in NYC.


User currently onlineImperialEagle From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 922 times:
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Alan Dershowitz makes a fitting eulogy to Koch:

From the Algeminer:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2013/02/04...e-death-of-a-liberal-israel-lover/

Well written.


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