In his official capacity, Councilman Dorsey benefits from having his voice heard above others, and he has a right to address injustice as he sees it. However, the power of elected office also comes with the responsibility to use it judiciously.
Mr. Dorsey is not being judicious when he singles out private citizens for scorn. Nor does he seem interested in using the power of his office to change the local tax code — from enterprise zones to the Homestead Tax Credit — in ways that address the city's imbalances. So far, he's just drawing battle lines.
To do his job well, the councilman should instead build consensus and move legislation that lifts the fortunes of all Baltimoreans, current and future.