I saw someone mention this on Facebook, and thought it was satire: New York City Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio wants to completely ban horse-drawn carriages from the Big Apple, saying it’s cruel to animals. From the CNN story:
Horse-drawn carriages could soon be a thing of the past in New York City’s Central Park after Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced plans to outlaw the popular tourist attraction once in office.
“We are going to get rid of horse carriages, period,” de Blasio said at a news conference Monday, saying that the practice is inhumane.
Beyond the specific pros and cons on this issue–such as the fact that horse-drawn carriage rides around Central Park are a staple of the imagery–is the audacious presumption that this is the type of thing a new mayor has the power to do. (Technically de Blasio needs City Council to approve his proposal.) I would be curious at this point to see a poll of Americans asking, “Do you think there is any sphere of human life whatsoever that isn’t in principle under the jurisdiction of some level of government?” Except for religious beliefs, I think a majority would say, “No.”