By Adam Johnson
Thursday afternoon, Mayor de Blasio and Brave New Film’s Robert Greenwald presented a short film, Hedge Fund Billionaires vs. Teachers, that highlights the glaring inequalities in our tax structure and the underfunding of our education system. The hook is simple: the top 25 hedge fund managers make more than all the kindergarten teachers, 150,000, in the country combined. Is this fair? And perhaps more importantly, is this a good way to run a society?
The two men, along with AlterNet contributing editor Lynn Parramore and local kindergarten teacher Lena Lombardi, joined in a Q&A after the film to discusss de Blasio’s signature themes of increased taxes on the wealthy and a focus on improving the lives of “working Americans.” (Disclosure: Robert Greenwald is on the board of directors of AlterNet’s parent organization, Independent Media Institute.)