(Washington Post) POLITICAL REALITY has a way of undoing populist campaign promises. But to the delight of many a Democratic activist, New York’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio, roared into office on New Year’s Day, declaring that this time will be different.
In his inaugural address, Mr. de Blasio, an unabashed “progressive” who ran on a pledge to end the Big Apple’s glaring income inequality, did not trim his vows to raise income taxes on high-earners, expand preschool, require mandatory sick leave and require developers to build affordable housing.
I neither live nor do I work in New York City and I don't care (in the slightest) that they raise taxes on the rich - again. New York City boasts the highest individual taxes in the nation. They can tax people in New York City 100% of their income and provide communes for them all to live in and soup kitchens to eat at for all I care (with tiny little cups to serve beverages in).
However if they do that, the rich will leave, Wall Street will relocate and The Big Apple will end up looking a lot more like Detroit.
Progressives never learn. NEVER. Government programs usually turn out to be vastly expensive and ineffective - and are put into place based on lies/deception for the purpose of buying votes and expanding government's control over your life. (If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. PERIOD! If you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan. PERIOD!)
The only way to advance the condition of the poor is to have a robust economy. The rich will get richer, but so will the poor. De Blasio was Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and got his start in the political grind from Bill Clinton (first in what Hillary hopes to be a Clinton Dynasty). Many cynics believe that he's the litmus test for Hillary's promise of hope and change when she tries to become Chief Executive, Commander-in-Chief and Leader of the Free World beginning later this year.