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Mayor de Blasio recently gave an interview to New York magazine. It would not seem like a big occasion, but in the piece the Mayor offers incredible statements about a “socialistic impulse” he shares with vaguely-defined New Yorkers (not sure what polling he’s looking at), and offers line after line that indicate he’s ready to pursue more policies that will spend more, regulate more, and control your everyday life more.
But you don’t have to take our word for it, just listen to the Mayor:
“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be.”
Are you one of the people who is excited about the government telling you where to live and how much to pay?
“I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. And I would, too. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights…”
Shorter Mayor de Blasio: Screw property rights.
Why would the Mayor want to scrap a core principle that builds prosperity and lifts up a middle-class?
“Look, if I had my druthers, the city government would determine every single plot of land, how development would proceed. And there would be very stringent requirements around income levels and rents. That’s a world I’d love to see, and I think what we have, in this city at least, are people who would love to have the New Deal back, on one level. They’d love to have a very, very powerful government, including a federal government, involved in directly addressing their day-to-day reality.”
The Mayor’s just spilling his guts here and coming right out and saying government should be managing just about everything, and impacting your daily life. Not only would city government manage all the property, the feds would help too!
“It’s not reachable right now. And it leaves this friction, and this anger, which is visceral.”
These unspecified New Yorkers who want the Mayor controlling all the property are apparently very angry about it. Or is the Mayor just projecting?
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