Friday, March 06, 2009

Bloomberg Defends NY's Poor Millionaires

After tens of thousands of New Yorkers came out to support the Fair Share Tax plan, someone needed to speak up for the wealthy elite. Being a millionaire must be tough these days, only being able to buy one yacht instead of two. So who better to speak up for their rights than our billionaire Mayor?

From The Daily Politics:

"We can tax the rich, except that, if you haven't looked at the stock market lately, they aren't making any money," the billionaire mayor told John Gambling during his weekly WOR radio show.

"They're not making that money," Bloomberg continued. "I hear the protesters, you know. I think that deep down inside, I assume, they understand that we live in a different world."

"The first rule of taxation is, you can't tax those that - too much - you can't tax too much those that can move. And a very small percentage of people do account for a big part of our income."

"You know, the yelling and screaming about the rich, we want rich from around this country to move here. We love the rich people."

"They're the ones that buy in the stores so that people that work in the stores have jobs in the stores, generate sales tax. The rich are the ones that go to the expensive restaurants where, as a matter of fact, I looked at a list the other day of restaurants where the staff is unionized. They're the expensive restaurants. They're not the cheap restaurants."

Wow, does Bloomberg really think that us proles will believe that crap? The riff-raff that Bloomberg expects to vote him into a third term is suffering more than it has in decades. Yet Bloomberg wants to make the poor pay for the budget cuts.

If we would focus on getting the working class back to work, it would be they that would purchase the goods and dine at the stores. The rich already do that, in good times and bad. The rich aren't going to move out of New York, because this city offers so much to so many, especially those with money to spend. And this may be news to the Mayor, but it is the working class and the poor that are being driven out of the city by the thousands. Thanks to zoning laws that favor developers and the real estate industry, affordable housing is an afterthought to Bloomberg and the units he leaves aren't affordable to those that make less than the median salary.

Mayor Bloomberg is clearly out of touch, just another reason to show him the door in November.