You know why we need socialism and communism? Because life’s unfair. Spread the misery, and make everyone equal. Hey — it worked for the Nazis and Venezuela.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’d like to do some fixin’ himself, by providing health care to everyone in the Big Apple — including those in the country illegally. Oh, wait — sorry; politicians don’t have money, so that’d be you providing health care to everybody. If you’re a relevant tax payer. My bad.
On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, Bill didn’t say how it’d all be paid for, but let’s get down to brass tacks, gentlemen: the problem is obvious. Here’s Bill:
“We should have single-payer, Medicare for All. No question. But the bottom line is, right now we have 600,000 people in my city who have no coverage at all.”
His city, people!
“That’s unacceptable. That’s making us a city less healthy, less secure than we need to be. Our plan is guaranteed health care for all and says this should be a priority to ensure that we have a decent kind of society. If you don’t do that, what happens? People are sick at work. Their families get sick. They go to the emergency room, which is the single most costly way to provide health care. We know that by guaranteeing health care, we’re going to create the kind of society that works.”
Host Jake Tapper probed:
“You said something pretty radical this week that I want to ask you about. You said there’s plenty of money in the world. There’s plenty of money in the city. It’s just in the wrong hands.”
“Yep. That is a quote.”
It sure is.
Jake asked a very good question:
“Who decides whose hands are the right hands and whose hands are the wrong hands?”
Bill waxed philosophic. I mean, said something dumb:
“When I say there’s plenty of money in this country, it’s just in the wrong hands, it means to say we need policies that give back to working people. Like guaranteeing health care for all.”
Word to the wise: Never elect someone who believes the problem with society is that the wrong people have the money. Bad idea.
Jake — who continues to impress me — offered the following:
“What’s interesting about the argument, which struck a lot of people, is you are not talking about fairness. You are saying these people have money and it’s wrong that they have money. Not that they have money, they live exorbitant or wealthy lifestyles and can give more to help these people. You’re saying it’s wrong they have money. Who is deciding whether it’s wrong?”
Aaand back to Bill:
“It’s clear to me why it’s wrong…”
It’s clear to him why it’s wrong!
Pardon me — back to the quote…
“It’s clear to me why it’s wrong because government policies gave the 1 percent every conceivable leg up. This was not by accident. As I say, this was an agenda. Systematic. You go back decades, even to the time of Dwight Eisenhower. We had some of the highest tax rates on the wealthy this country ever saw. We had a prosperous country. We had that prosperity pretty well shared among different people, including working people in this country. We had investments in infrastructure. The kinds of things that grew the economy for everyone.”
Bill went on to blame Reagan, who initiated a “systematic agenda to take that money and put it more and more in the hands of the few.”
New York City may top the nation in population size, but Mayor Bill de Blasio’s salary of $225,000 per year only ranks him fourth among the highest-paid U.S. mayors.
Reportedly, Bill has a net worth of $2.5 million.
Median household income in NYC: $58,856.
I guess Mayor de Blasio’s “the right people” to have the money.
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