COVID has given petty tyrants an excuse to seize power.
Unconstitutional restrictions have sadly become the norm in many jurisdictions.
But a communist Mayor is under fire for imposing one unpopular regulation.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio once said in an interview that he would do away with property rights if he could.
He’s a big believer in Big Brother government, and his government is imposing regulations on food delivery services that ultimately pass costs onto consumers.
The New York Times reports:
“Girding the argument from food delivery apps is the idea that restaurants do not have to enter into agreements with them. The City Council does not regulate fees from other marketers that restaurants might use, such as Google, Yelp or online reservation apps. The fee caps chosen by the City Council are also arbitrary and not supported by economic impact studies, the lawsuit charges. Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats have argued that third-party delivery apps allow restaurants to tap into a huge customer base that the apps have spent millions of dollars to cultivate.”
New York City has become a battleground over burdensome COVID restrictions.
De Blasio announced that vaccine passports would be required for dining in restaurants.
Now people’s access through delivery is being hindered.
Grubhub executive Katie Norris said of the actions by City Council:
“Price controls increase delivery fees for consumers, and therefore lead to a reduction of orders for both restaurants and couriers . . . While Grubhub remains willing to engage with the City Council, we unfortunately are left with no choice but to take legal action.”
This type of action is fully in line with de Blasio’s thinking.
He once stated:
“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too.”
New Yorkers are getting the full authoritarian experience.
De Blasio said he wanted a two-tiered society based on vaccination status, and he’s getting it.
Progressives who claim to care about black people are perfectly willing to sit idly by as they get thrown out of restaurants because of their vaccine status.
Many small businesses have shuttered as a result of the draconian lockdowns, and New Yorkers are fleeing to red states in droves.
Hopefully the New York transplants will leave their politics in the Big Apple.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.