London's mayor has a message that New York's next mayor may not want to hear: Stop bashing the rich.
In a column in The Telegraph, Mayor Boris Johnson said that rather than attacking the rich for their wealth, the public should be thanking them for their taxes and spending. The mayor, a member of the Conservative Party, said the wealthy in London are like "every put-upon minority in the city—from the homeless to Irish travelers to ex-gang members to disgraced former MPs."
He wrote: "We should stop any bashing or moaning or preaching or bitching and simply give thanks for the prodigious sums of money that they are contributing to the tax revenues of this country, and that enable us to look after our sick and our elderly and to build roads, railways and schools."
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While Johnson's analysis is aimed at Britain, it could just as well apply to the U.S. With inequality at high levels in both countries, many in politics and the media have focused on the wealthy as both the cause (taking an outsized share of the pie) and the solution (tax them more).