From the Indypendent:
Under Bloomberg, the gap between the rich and everyone else has widened so much that if Manhattan were a country, it might beat out Namibia for the title of the most economically polarized in the world. Developers have packed New York’s skyline with luxury condos. Landlords have driven tenants out of their homes all over the city to jack up rents. The symbol of Bloomberg’s New York is city parks where drinking fountains don’t work, but there are plenty of pushcarts peddling pints of bottled water for $2.
The mayor sees all this as both pragmatic and righteous — what higher purpose could there be than maximizing real-estate values? His vision of the city is turning it into a slightly greener, pro-Israel version of Dubai. If reelected, he will continue to serve the interests of the ultra-rich.
Bloomberg is not a liberal. He’s a devout plutocrat. He strongly opposes raising taxes on the rich, even to avert a massive subway-fare increase. Instead, he wants to raise the city’s sales tax. So a struggling single mother would have to kick in an extra quarter to get her kid a $50 pair of sneakers, but millionaires wouldn’t have to pay a penny more in income taxes.