Jeff Bezos asked Michael Bloomberg to run for President in February. According to Vox:
Sometime after Amazon pulled the plug on plans for a New York City headquarters in February of this year, the city’s former mayor Mike Bloomberg received a call from a top company executive.
It wasn’t just any Amazon executive — it was Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder and CEO and the world’s richest man.
Bezos was calling with a question for his fellow billionaire and media mogul: Would Bloomberg consider entering the 2020 presidential race?
Bloomberg told Bezos no at the time, according to a person briefed on the phone conversation.
But he had a question of his own for Amazon’s CEO: Would Bezos reconsider his decision to cancel plans for an Amazon headquarters — dubbed HQ2 — in New York City? Bezos’s response matched Bloomberg’s — he wouldn’t.
Now Michael Bloomberg is running. As a Democrat. This is a perfect example of why voters are so cynical about politics. The Rich feel they’re entitled to buy control of the country if necessary. Bloomberg will self-fund his campaign, which puts all other Democratic candidates at a huge disadvantage.
His rationale for running is that Joe Biden’s campaign was struggling financially. Instead of putting his money behind Biden, the Mayor’s over-blown sense of self says the country needs him. We don’t.
Michael Bloomberg, though a champion for certain Democratic causes, is no Democrat. His views on women and minorities are enough in themselves to reject him. Then there’s his defense of Wall Street’s business as usual. In September, Bloomberg Magazine boohooed the mere $23 million Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer David Solomon was paid last year. It seems his predecessor earned three times that much in 2007. In fact, they report:
Investment bankers had their pay reduced by about a third, with a mid-level banker now getting $600,000 to $950,000, Bell said. Compensation for managing directors has fallen roughly 30%, to an average of $1.5 million to $2 million.
Awww… at the same time the article states, and I quote, “…pay was never as significant for the [bank] branch staff, [You know- the “little people”] but it’s been holding up too, rising along with average wages.”
As Slate’s Matt put it:
When the question is gigantic sodas, Bloomberg sees exploited marks and decides to rescue them from themselves. But when the question is financial products, Bloomberg sides with the con artists and says the marks are only suffering because they’re not smart enough.
Michael Bloomberg’s entry into the Democratic race could blow everything up. If voters have to choose between two oversized egos, they may just keep the one we’ve got. Bernie voters probably won’t vote at all, making Bloomberg the spoiler, as he admitted.
The Mayor’s autocratic, my-way-or-the-highway, style, coupled with his disdain for women and minorities should make his candidacy a non-starter. Democrats need to stand up to this attempted hijacking of our primary.
Michael Bloomberg isn’t happy with the Democratic frontrunners, so he’s decided to enter the race. As a Democrat. Like a White Knight riding in to save us from ourselves. Pfft.
Bloomberg has been a Republican, an independent, and a Democrat, depending on which party meets his needs at the time. As his two terms as New York City’s Republican Mayor were coming to an end, he introduced a measure to extend the term limit to three terms. This was after, as CNN reported:
“New Yorkers went to the polls twice and said, ‘We want term limits,’ ” … referring to a public vote in 1993 that imposed the two-term limit and another vote in 1996 that maintained it. Bloomberg, who introduced the measure, welcomed the council’s approval as the “right choice.”
He got his third term, regardless of what the voters wanted.
Bloomberg’s support for “Stop and Frisk”, and his arguments for racial profiling are a big problem:
The numbers are the numbers, and the numbers clearly show that the stops are generally proportionate with suspects’ descriptions and for years now critics have been trying to argue that minorities are stopped disproportionately. If you look at the crime numbers, that is just not true. The numbers don’t lie.
While Bloomberg argues the policy lowered crime, the crime rate continues to drop under Mayor Bill DeBlasio. Via Fact Check:
As for Bloomberg’s treatment of women. The Atlantic describes:
… a series of stories about him, accumulated over decades, that suggests in the aggregate a distinct pattern when it comes to his treatment of women: reports of disparaging comments made about women’s bodies and appearances. Allegations of a deeply sexist work environment at the company that Bloomberg founded and, for many years, ran.
Bloomberg, quoted by colleagues as saying, “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.” Bloomberg being asked in a deposition, “Have you ever made a comment to the effect that you would like to ‘do that piece of meat,’ or I’d ‘do her in a second’?” Bloomberg replying, “I don’t recall ever using the term meat at all.”
In his 1997 autobiography, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, the mogul bragged about keeping “a girlfriend in every city” during his years working as a Wall Street stock trader in the 1960s and ’70s. He is reported to have said, of the computer terminal that made his fortune, “It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.”
Democrats need to put Michael Bloomberg out on his ass, the sooner the better. As the New York Times put it:
Mr. Bloomberg is plainly an uncomfortable match for a progressive coalition passionately animated by concern for economic inequality and the civil rights of women and minorities.
One Democratic Debate in and the Whining Has Begun
If you watch the Democratic debates expecting the candidates to lay out their entire platforms for you, you’re in for some disappointment. The most you can expect to take away are the bullet points and, as the first debate showed, a
A January 2019 Pew Research poll listed 18 topics in order of importance to voters:
Climate Change activists are unhappy about the lack of time devoted to their concerns. As Media Matters reported:
The moderators asked a total of 170 questions over the course of the two nights, but just 10 were focused on climate change, or less than 6% — five questions each night. (…) Still, only half of the participating candidates, 10 of 20, were even given the opportunity to weigh in on climate, and no one got to go into any depth, address follow-up questions, or debate fellow candidates on the specifics of proposals.
Let’s do a little math, shall we? Twenty candidates participated in 4 hours of debate; that means each candidate had at the most, 12 minutes to make their various points. (As usual, some got more time at the expense of others)
If each candidate discussed all 18 topics of concern to voters, they would have a whopping .6 of a minute to cover each. To be fair, if 10 questions were asked on every topic, you would have needed a 5-hour debate at minimum.
Climate Change, like all other issues, is not something you can address with bullet points. Sorry, but you actually have to invest some time and do some research to find the candidates’ positions on the issues.
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