Mayor Bloomberg says the city will STILL need to lay off 4,666 teachers in June.
Doesn't matter what happens - the city can have a surplus, the city can take in a heckuva lot more tax revenue than expected for 2010, the Dow and the S&P can zoom to new heights on the power of Ben Bernanke's printing press, and Bloomberg will STILL say he needs to lay teachers.
The headline to this post is a gag, of course, but it's not far from reality - the city COULD win the Powerball for $312 million and Bloomberg would say that the tax bill due from the lottery win would mean 4,666 teachers need to be laid off.
It's like the old Vaudeville bit - "Heads I Win, Tails You Lose."
Only in Bloomberg's case, it's "Heads I Lay Teachers Off, Tails I Lay Teachers Off Too."
Unless the Mayor of 38% is made to pay a political price for this boondoggle, he is going to continue with it.
The unions and other progressive groups need to get him down to the 25% range.
They ought to be running CityTime commercials a couple times an hour every hour.
Let people know the mayor is squandering BILLIONS on no-bid contracts to his cronies.
Get Cynthia Nixon to cut the ad.
Anything but the snowman thing the UFT ran last time.
And let's get this mayor beaten down to the ground.