Political Horse Trading

The Story

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to ban carriage horses from the streets of New York is reportedly coming to a vote soon. The measure remains unpopular among the public, midtown’s tourist industry, labor unions, and most members of the city council. The administration’s vote-counting and arm-twisting increasingly looks like a political show to appease ban proponents.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Industry Elimination: There is no precedent for the city banning an entire industry. Read more.

  2. Union Power: Few members of the city council relish a confrontation with the carriage drivers, who enjoy the support of the Central Labor Council representing 1.3 million workers across the five boroughs. Read more.

  3. Stable Calm: Following unannounced stable inspections, the ASPCA was unable to find any evidence of maltreatment of the carriage horses. Read more.

“I couldn’t find more content animals. They were very relaxed.”

Dr. Joe Bertone, College of Veterinary Medicine, Western University

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The Past is Present

Which Side Are You On? By Matthew Hennessey (September 2014)

The first day of de Blasio’s mayoralty has come and gone and he hasn’t moved to institute a ban—and now, it seems, public opinion has reared up against him.

On The Calendar

July 14

July 14, 2015 | New York City

James Piereson’s Shattered Consensus explains why America is not destined to join Greece and other failed welfare states on the road to insolvency—and how it can return, instead, to its historical path of dynamism and prosperity. “This collection…secures Piereson’s place among America’s leading conservative intellectuals and cultural critics” (George Will). “[O]ne of the most thought-provoking volumes I’ve read in a long time” (William Kristol). “A must-read for anyone who wants to understand the 2016 election campaign” (Amity Shlaes).

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