Speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors’ Winter Meeting on Thursday, while socalist Venezuela has descended into political chaos, leftist New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio repeated a pure statement of redistribution of wealth that was chilling in its bluntness, saying, “It’s time for this country to recognize there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this nation. It’s just in the wrong hands.”
De Blasio continued, “The one percent may have gamed the system all these years, but it doesn’t have to be that way. And right now, cities big and small are showing this whole nation the kind of country we can have when we do things the other way around.”
Two weeks ago, de Blasio used virtually the same phraseology when he gave his State of the City address, blustering:
Millions of people in this city, tens of millions across the country, are boxed in to lives that just aren’t working for them. You haven’t been paid what you deserve for all the hard work. You haven’t been given the time you deserve. You’re not living the life you deserve. And here is the cold, hard truth – it’s no accident. It’s an agenda. An agenda that’s dominated our politics from Reaganomics to the Trump tax giveaway to the wealthy and corporations. For decades. For decades, working people have done their share. For decades, working people have gotten more and more productive. At the same time, they’ve gotten a smaller and smaller share of the wealth they create. Here’s the truth. Brothers and sisters, there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in this city. It’s just in the wrong hands.
In May 2015, de Blasio stated, “What I’m trying to do with the progressive agenda goes far beyond the boundaries of the Democratic Party. It’s about changing our national debate and, ultimately, changing policies.”
In August 2017, de Blasio announced a plan to tax the wealthiest New Yorkers in order to pay for repairs to the subway system. He stated:
There is a time for fairness when it comes to supporting the MTA. That is why today I am calling on Albany to pass a millionaire’s tax to support the MTA. We need a millionaire’s tax so New Yorkers who typically travel in first class pay their fair share so the rest of us can get around, so the rest of us can get to work, so the rest of us can live our lives here in this city. We need revenue that will be sustainable, we need revenue that will make sure the system gets stronger and we need fairness — something that, as I’ve said, we’ve not had enough of. Too many people who have paid in have not gotten then fair share back and too many people who could have been paying a little bit more haven’t been. … We need revenue that will be sustainable, we need revenue that will make sure the system gets stronger and we need fairness — something that, as I’ve said, we’ve not had enough of.