Freedom of speech opposite the banner promising freedom of speech

A New York Post story:

[Daniela Jampel, who served as an assistant corporation counsel for the City] had publicly challenged the mayor at an unrelated event on LGBTQ issues — as [Mayor Eric] Adams stood in front of a podium banner that read, “Come to the city where you can say whatever you want.’’

“Three weeks ago, you told parents to trust you that you would unmask our toddlers,” Jampel told the mayor.

“You stood right here, and you said that the masks would come off April 4. That has not happened.”

In other words, she said whatever she wanted opposite a banner that said she could say whatever she wanted. Example signs from NBC:

What happened next?

Sources close to the matter said Jampel – a leading local critic of the toddler mask mandate and pandemic school closures – was informed by e-mail shortly after the presser that she was fired.

(Note that Jampel need only move to Florida to live in a society that conforms to her preferences. It is against state law for a public school system to shut down schools, order children to wear masks, etc. She could leave New York City to the folks who like it the way that it is is and come to a place where most people would agree with her regarding the best ways to protect 4-year-olds from a disease that kills 84-year-olds. (see Relocation to Florida for a family with school-age children for how Americans could be a lot happier if people were more mobile))


Note that if we combine the last two points we find that New York City is spending its taxpayers’ money to recruit additional lower-than-average income residents who will thus be eligible for a full range of means-tested welfare programs after arrival in NYC. And, if a transition is just beginning, for every valuable 2SLBGTQQIA+ community member who is persuaded to move, NY taxpayers will be forking out $100,000 to gender reassignment surgeons and therapists, via Medicaid, that would otherwise have been shouldered by working taxpayers in Florida. Nonetheless, NYC may find itself outbid by Palm Springs, California, which is offering guaranteed cash to members of the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community. See Guaranteed Income Pilot – DAP Health and California city to give universal income to transgender, nonbinary residents regardless of earnings | Fox News:

Transgender residents in Palm Springs, California are eligible to receive a UBI of up to $900 per month solely for identifying as transgender or nonbinary — no strings attached.

The new pilot program will have $200,000 set aside for allocation after a unanimous vote by the Palm Springs City Council last week.

Twenty transgender and nonbinary Palm Springs residents will receive the free money funded by the taxpayers for 18 months, with advocacy-based health center DAP Health and LGBT advocacy group Queer Works managing the program.

Not everyone in the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community is aligned on this one:

Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton, who is transgender, pointed to the transcript from the city council’s March 24 meeting where she “expressed strong reservations in general to guaranteed income programs.”

Former San Diego City Councilman Carl DeMaio, a Republican who served as the first openly gay member of the city council, called the program “outrageous and discriminatory.”

“We’re completely opposed to guaranteed or universal basic income programs, because they ultimately cause inflation and raise the cost of living on everyone — they don’t work,” DeMaio said in a statement.

“But at least some of them have minimum income requirements to qualify, whereas this one is no-strings-attached ‘woke’ virtue signaling to the LGBT community in a way that is not only offensive but discriminatory,” he continued.

I personally disagree with Mx. DeMaio. If there is an income threshold necessary to qualify for free taxpayer cash then you’re pretty much guaranteeing that the recipient will limit his/her/zir/their working efforts so as to stay under this threshold. (See Fast-food economics in Massachusetts: Higher minimum wage leads to a shorter work week, not fewer people on welfare for how low-wage workers are smart enough to avoid working themselves out of means-tested entitlements.) If people are going to be paid for identifying as transgender or non-binary the money shouldn’t be conditional on them also refraining from serious work efforts.

6 thoughts on “Freedom of speech opposite the banner promising freedom of speech

    • The good ole’ USSR had total freedom of speech, too. ROFL. From Stalin’s Constitution of 1936:

      ARTICLE 125. In conformity with the interests of the working people, and in order to strengthen
      the socialist system, the citizens of the U.S.S.R. are guaranteed by law:
      a. freedom of speech;
      b. freedom of the press;
      c. freedom of assembly, including the holding of mass meetings;
      d. freedom of street processions and demonstrations.
      These civil rights are ensured by placing at the disposal of the working people and their
      organizations printing presses, stocks of paper, public buildings, the streets, communications
      facilities and other material requisites for the exercise of these right.

  1. From the DAP Health site:

    A recent study by McKinsey & Company confirmed that Transgender adults are twice as likely as cisgender adults to be unemployed, and Transgender individuals who are employed make 32% less money than their cisgender counterparts – even with similar education levels.

    Here we find the real reason for the program: Shoveling money in the direction of McKinsey. See also (McKinsey was one of the consultants):

    Ursula von der Leyen is at the centre of an administrative scandal over the channelling of more than €100 million of public money to external advisers, some of whom are alleged to have effectively functioned as high-ranking civil servants.

  2. “2SLGBTQQIA+ community” is too much typing, how about we just call them “Disneys”?

  3. Whoa I have fallen behind on the long list of genders. Questioning is the new one for me so I looked it up.

    Questioning is a term that can refer to a person who is questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. Sexual orientation and gender identity are intensely personal aspects of ourselves that sometimes take a little while to figure out.

    I remember in college a classmate was coming out and told others he was confused. A friend of mine said confused is not the word, more like… curious 🙂

  4. Can we assume that “detransitioning” (the reversal of “transitioning”) costs another $100,000?

    What does Science say about “detransitioning”? Are people still oppressed, or perhaps doubly oppressed after two procedures? Or are they back in the set of oppressors after the roundtrip?

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