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From the Mayor's Desk: Boris Defends the Rich

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Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/25/2013 3:33:01 PM
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Re: political maneovering
Certainly de Blasio's "for the people" attitude won him the election; however, many have pointed out that the kind of "equalizing" he'd like to do is unfeasible and falls out of the mayor's purview. So, we'll see, but after 12 years with a billionaire at the top of this city, it will certainly be interesting to have someone at the helm who represents the middle and lower income class.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/25/2013 3:30:03 PM
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Re: Heroic?
"Until there's some more even distribution of power, we'll just have to take the pronouncements from the top with a grain of salt, hoping they don't gain way too much power."

You say "until" as though there's hope for a shift in the future! Is there, in your view?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/25/2013 3:28:57 PM
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Re: The best government money can buy
And... PS... that point sure makes the Venus Project sound more appealing.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/25/2013 3:27:56 PM
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Re: The best government money can buy
"But politicians around the globe, ever reliant on the coffers of deep-pocketed campaign contributors, need the rich and will do their part in upholding this icky quid pro quo."

Good point, Terry. While multi-multi-billionaire Bloomberg doesn't really need their campaign funding, he does need developers to invest tons of money in NYC; hence his defense of the rich.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/25/2013 10:05:30 AM
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Re: The best government money can buy
Well said, Terry. This pandering is clearly aimed at someone who's been "gracious" enough to contribute to something, somewhere -- or Boris is trying to maintain favor with businesses that buoy up his constituency. Either way, it's a kind of pathetic comment, and perhaps even the rich would find it obsequious.

CitySolver
CitySolver  
11/24/2013 4:40:11 PM
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political maneovering
I agree that this is definetely a buttering up job by Boris. The super rich have alot to answer for too, and yes they helped make the good times great, but at what cost? I think that New York should and probably are grateful that they have a people champion in DeBlasio. I heard a profile of him on the BBC and he seems a dynamic and courageous individual who has had tough times of his own. So in conclusion it is individuals who contribute heroically to society and to claim all rich are heroic is as daft as it is devisive.

kq4ym
kq4ym  
11/24/2013 12:00:45 PM
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Re: Heroic?
There's always going to be a bit of disagreement about who drive the economy. The affluent will of course vote themselves to the top. Even evidence to the contrary will not dissuade the rich from abandonment of that theory. 

But, as things always stand, the folks with the money make the rules. Until there's some more even distribution of power, we'll just have to take the pronouncements from the top with a grain of salt, hoping they don't gain way too much power.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
11/23/2013 4:03:34 PM
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The best government money can buy
The rich don't need anyone's approval or praise. The rich do not need to be liked. I don't believe they even need slavish defenders like Boris or Bloomberg. But politicians around the globe, ever reliant on the coffers of deep-pocketed campaign contributors, need the rich and will do their part in upholding this icky quid pro quo.

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/22/2013 11:34:16 AM
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Re: Heroic?
I agree with you, Mary. Boris's points aren't that different from Mayor Bloomberg's (it's just that Boris really has a way with words...). Bloomberg, in trying to defend against Bill de Blasio's claim that New York is now split into "two cities" -- one for the rich and one for the poor -- has argues that it's the rich that allow for the city to prosper and allow for low-income people to get to live here and enjoy social programs, etc.

There's absolutely truth to that. But "heroic" is a ridiculous overstatement. Heroic would be if the rich took the greater portion of their wealth and invested in relieving poverty and hunger. Paying higher taxes while also owning a jet, however, should hardly be considered "heroic."

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/22/2013 11:11:26 AM
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Heroic?
Boris has a point, but it's lost when he starts up about cutting taxes to the rich and then calling them heroic.

"My dear, I KNOW buying that Burberry coast was nothing short of heroic. But I deserve the Medal of Honor for that Hermes scarf!"

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