There was little that critics could do to challenge the mayor’s self-righteousness. As Barron explains at length, a leftist takeover of the city was the point. If middle-class taxpayers were alienated and left the city, de Blasio would likely view it as good news: That simply meant that people who disagreed would not be around anymore. It was impossible to tell him that he was not serving constituents, because for him the only constituents who mattered were the loudest progressive voices and the municipal unions upon whom he showered city beneficences. As for the critics, Barron explains why they did not matter to the mayor: “Anything that bothers one of his ‘enemies’ vindicates his actions, and as a political creature, anyone who opposes him is an enemy. Therefore, the angrier he makes people, the more he knows he is doing a good thing.”
I don't know about anybody else, but I certainly don't want my tax dollars funding campus kooks.
Whom the gods would destroy, they first make crazy. And higher education has become objectively crazy. It’s not a shock that taxpayers think their money might be better spent elsewhere than on subsidizing enclaves of insanity. It’s especially true when universities spend so much of their time attacking so many of the Americans who pay taxes to support them, from Trump voters, to Christians, to gun owners and businesspeople. It takes a lot of chutzpah to slap someone in the face and then put your hand out for money, but that’s what universities have been doing for decades and with special force over the past few years.