'Right Out of Obama Playbook': Goodwin Says NYC Mayor Driving Out the Rich
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin sat down with Brian Kilmeade this morning to discuss the southern migration of New York City's richest residents. In a column Sunday, Goodwin highlighted the new "anti-rich policies" of Mayor Bill de Blasio that he says are driving wealthy New Yorkers to lower-tax states like Florida and Texas.
Here's an excerpt:
Money — it’s the root of all evil. Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. Or at least an unfair advantage.
That’s the gist of the liberals’ creed and justification for their war on wealth. The other half of their view holds that the poor are innocent victims of life’s rigged game.
Their narrative of evil winners and noble losers clears the way for self-heroic redeemers. They will deliver social justice by meting out punishment and spreading the wealth around. Their virtue entitles them to power.
It sounds like a comic-book view of life, but it’s the reality of liberalism today. And thanks to the de Blasio administration, New Yorkers are getting a bitter taste of its divisive nature. So much so that talk about quitting Gotham is surging in some circles.
One friend says 10 wealthy people have told him they are leaving and another says disgusted New Yorkers bought $1 billion in residential property in Florida since the November election.
Goodwin described de Blasio's view as "very much out of the Barack Obama playbook," explaining that the mayor seems to think that wealthy people enjoy unfair advantages or do something illegal in order to get to the top.
According to Census Bureau figures, Florida's population grew 22.3 percent from 2000-2013, while New York's increased by 3.6 percent. Goodwin says one reason is those who leave New York for Florida get an automatic 12 percent tax cut, avoiding city and state income taxes and the inheritance tax.
Watch the full interview above.