This is not a quote from George, but from a landlord (via Of Kirk and Ale
I had a telling conversation last night with a landlord. When I asked her how the rents where determined she responded that it was [a] function of how much they make. As a capitalist, she believed she should charge the most she could. I then asked her what would happen if her tenants received a pay increase. “I would raise the rents” she responded.
This is a most telling response made by someone who cares little about social justice issues.... Most landlords, when confronted on the issue, won’t disclose their true reasoning. “Maintenance costs [have] gone up” they might say.
I then asked my friend this question, “who is the true beneficiary of the pay increase?” Silence. Change of subject.