Income inequality would be easier to fix if both parties stopped coddling their core voters
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New York City begins its mayoral terms immediately, in your face, with an inauguration on Jan. 1. Typically, these are parochial affairs, with the new mayor greeted by a hungover fusillade of local crises–blizzards, strikes, budget deficits. This year’s ceremony was more portentous, though, one of the rare times that the city–an eccentric nation unto itself–has sent a political message that may be relevant to the rest of the country. That message is a new left populism, personified by Mayor Bill de Blasio and ratified by the presence of Bill and Hillary Clinton, who never seem far from the next new thing.