In bluer-than-blue New York City redistributionist policies have aggravated the division between the rich and the rest.
Michael Bloomberg’s New York City currently leads the nation in “income distribution inequality.”
The result: the high cost of living has caused more and more New Yorkers to cut back on food.
No one, to our knowledge, is starving, but many New Yorkers have chosen to buy cheaper, less nourishing foods because they cannot afford the healthier alternatives.
Ironically, Mayor Bloomberg’s much vaunted campaigns against trans-fats and Big Gulps has missed the more salient point: for many New Yorkers eating well is too expensive.
The Daily News tells the story:
For instance, between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of households with annual income below $25,000 that had trouble affording food increased a whopping 30%, though the total number of city residents who reported difficulty affording food in the same time period actually decreased by 9%.
No less serious is that, according to the Food Bank, “low income families are making the difficult decision to reduce the nutritional quality of their meals by purchasing less expensive and unhealthy foods in order to afford the mandatory expenses that would keep a roof over their heads.”
The Daily News suggests that the city should provide: “decent-paying jobs and opportunities to its most vulnerable citizens….”
If it is saying that the city government should lower taxes and reduce regulations so that more businesses will want to locate in New York, we would all concur.
Of course, it isn’t going to happen. Blue state policies prefer income redistribution to job opportunity. In principle, these policies punish the rich.
The latest data suggest that the poor are the ones who are really being punished.
Since New York has a large number of low and lower-middle income people one assumes that they have voted in large numbers for the politicians who are making their lives miserable. Call it social justice, if you like.
But, what if there was a way to provide more nutritious food at lower prices? What if providing nutritious food at lower prices would also entail giving jobs to thousands of New Yorkers?
Surely, the possibility would be worth looking into.
Unfortunately, the one organization that can actually provide what New Yorkers need, in terms of nutrition and in terms of employment is: WalMart.
But New York’s city government will never let WalMart come in to hire and to feed New Yorkers. The unions that own it would never let that happen.