I don't know about that. I lived in NY before, during, and after the period of unrest (the power vaccumm), and it was bad, no doubt. But... I
think New Yorkers have it worse now than they ever did under the Italians. I'd rather deal with a wise guy in a three piece than a crack head hiding
behind a dumpster with a broken bottle, or a hitman wearing neatly pressed blues and a shiny plastic hat.
Anyone who has lived in Vegas will echo this sentiment, as it used to be a lot better when the mob was fully in control. Nobody groped the waitresses
(more than once
) and nobody stole from the casinos or sold drugs outside them on the street. There wasn't the same sort of violence and
depravity, it was..much more civilized. If a guy acted out and ran his mouth or offended the guests, he would be escorted to the back room for a
polite chat. If he didn't act right, he was forcibly introduced to a one room resting place beneath the sand of the desert.
Crime was under control, because crime was in control. Now Vegas is supposed to be a family fun destination, but it's one of the nastiest places in
America. There's so much drug activity, especially coke and meth, and there's so much robbery it beggars imagination.
Sad to say, I miss the mob...
They're better than the alternative..you know, lesser of two evils?
The same would be true of NY too, if it weren't for Fuhrer Bloomberg and his stormtroopers in blue. Giulianni was bad enough, but this guy's the
They're corporate gangsters, no better, and in many ways worse than their predecessors.
They're no less violent, no less efficient, but they disarm the public with the appearance of legality. Corporate thugs are absolutely everywhere in
America, they're sneakier and hard to trap. They use the law against their enemies, they legislate to please, they sell judges and districts like
kids trade baseball cards. Things haven't gotten any better, they're just different.