Bloomberg Gets Something Right: Fingerprint Public-Housing Residents

The broken clock that is New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is truly one of the broken-est. A different sort of broken from San Diego’s horn-dog mayor, 80 percent of whose citizens want him to resign; but Bloomberg is indeed broken, despite others being worse than he is.

Nevertheless, you know what they say about broken clocks: you should take them into the shop to get fixed. They also say that they’re right twice a day. Twice a day may be a bit too generous to Bloomberg, however, whose actual record of competent governing is closer to the ballpark of twice a mayoral term.

One of those rare instances occurred on Friday when he announced a proposal that would require the more-than 600,000 public-housing residents of New York City to be fingerprinted in order to make public housing safer.

According to Bloomberg, “Five percent of our population lives in NYCHA [New York City Housing Authority] housing, 20 percent of the crime is in NYCHA housing….If you have strangers walking in the halls of your apartment building, don’t you want somebody to stop and say, ‘Who are you, why are you here?'”

It’s an unpopular idea with NYCHA residents. This is understandable, as most of NYCHA residents are stupid people.

The issue for them is one of privacy, but this is like welfare recipients complaining about monthly drug tests before receiving other people’s confiscated tax money. If they don’t like drug tests, don’t take other people’s tax money. If they don’t like being fingerprinted, don’t live in apartments paid for by the hard work of others.

If Bloomberg’s proposals became law, the public-housing residents would have options: get fingerprinted, or leave. They’re living in apartments, sheltered from the heat and the cold, and they don’t have to pay for them. Free housing! And since most of them are on food stamps as well, free food. Who are they to complain that they have to be fingerprinted? Beggars can’t be choosers.

If you don’t like the discomfort of being given free housing, free food, and free cellphones, then don’t accept the government’s offer of free housing, free food, and free cellphones. Being poor should not be a luxury.

That is why I’m on Mayor Bloomberg’s side in this instance.