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Bloomberg: The people we elected to Congress 'can't read'
Politico ^ | Maggie Haberman

Posted on 11/06/2010 7:22:24 PM PDT by roses of sharon

Via Katzblog and Kate Lucadamo, Mayor Bloomberg made two interesting comments while doing an interview with the Wall Street Journal from Hong Kong, where he's traveling in his new role as head of C40 Cities, one of which waded heavily into trade policy with China, a contentious topic.

The other may not thrill the new members of congress elected on Tuesday (or their longer-serving colleagues).

Regarding trade with China, the mayor said, "“I think in America, we’ve got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else and take a look at ourselves,” he said.

“Let me get this straight: There’s a country on the other side of the world that is taking their taxpayers’ dollars, and trying to sell subsidized things so we can buy them cheaper, and have better products, and we’re going to criticize that?”

Earlier, in an interview, the mayor was deeply, undiplomatically critical of provincialism and populism in U.S. Congress.

“If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read,” he said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here,” he warned, “only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is.”

It's the latest example of Bloomberg saying something that isn't necessarily politically expedient, but which his supporters find as a sign of strength for that very reason.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bloomberg; c40cities; china; hongkong; literacy; tradewar
More NYC bigotry...
1 posted on 11/06/2010 7:22:28 PM PDT by roses of sharon
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To: roses of sharon

Arrogance.


2 posted on 11/06/2010 7:24:40 PM PDT by GeronL (http://libertyfic.proboards.com <--- My Fiction/ Science Fiction Board)
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To: roses of sharon
Bloomie, I'll bet cold hard cash that I am better educated and more literate than you, you elitist bastard.
3 posted on 11/06/2010 7:24:54 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: roses of sharon

He is simply repeating a common conceit of liberals. In fact, we have many, many liberal congressmen who don’t seem to be able to read legislation and who admitted it during the Obamacare debate.


4 posted on 11/06/2010 7:25:21 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: roses of sharon
More NYC bigotry...

BS, Bloomberg is a Liberal A-Hole but he's 100% on the mark. This is a hole we dug for ourselves. American companies wanted more profits so they exported our manufacturing base to China. Now they have the growth and we have the debt. Until we decide that our long-term security is more important than short term profits we're screwed and we have nobody but ourselves to blame.

5 posted on 11/06/2010 7:27:10 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: roses of sharon

Why do they need to read? They vote on bills that haven’t been written yet.


6 posted on 11/06/2010 7:27:20 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Welcome to California's workers paradise..)
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To: roses of sharon
“I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here,” he warned, “only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is.”

Oh I know where China is alright, but I don't have a passport because I cannot afford to travel out of the USA because of Obama's economic meltdown.

7 posted on 11/06/2010 7:27:59 PM PDT by Inyo-Mono (Had God not driven man from the Garden of Eden the Sierra Club surely would have.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Yes. Putting aside Richard Nixon, who sponsored the Opening to China, the two persons most responsible for our gigantic trade deficits and the bleeding out of our industrial base were Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

An odd couple. Clinton was responsible for pushing through the Most Favored Nation treaty with China, which opened up the gates. And Bush was responsible for continuing clinton’s policy and expanding it.

Clinton was bribed and funded by the Chinese Communists. Bush was persuaded by the Chamber of Commerce and by businesses who saw profits in the trade with China. The results were, unfortunately, pretty much the same. We were bled out.


8 posted on 11/06/2010 7:34:50 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: Army Air Corps

Ditto (both w/r/t you and me).


9 posted on 11/06/2010 7:35:04 PM PDT by piytar (There is evil. There is no such thing as moderate evil. Never forget.)
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To: roses of sharon

Here’s an idea. Next mayoral election make a commercial that runs something like this. Have a picture of the mayor and then run a picture of our new congressman Allan West with this quote: “If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read.” Then change the picture back to the mayor again with a message about thinking carefully about your choice for mayor.


10 posted on 11/06/2010 7:35:31 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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To: roses of sharon
Hickenlooper says that rural people of the west are backward thinking people. We are not the owns that cause economic problems of the country but you expect us to pay the way out of your mistakes.
11 posted on 11/06/2010 7:35:37 PM PDT by mountainlion (concerned conservative.)
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To: roses of sharon

Am I to understand that the Democrats they, the left, elected to congress are not only mentally defective, but illiterate as well? In that form there is room for agreement, but I think that it’s more likely that Bloomer is trying to project their Moonbattery on the rest of us. This is particularly true in that the moves that may well create a trade war with China belong entirely to the leftards and their inestimable misapplication of basic economics.


12 posted on 11/06/2010 7:36:39 PM PDT by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Well, too bad he didn’t say that. He proves himself to be a typical NYC bigot.

From NR tonight:

Nurse Bloomberg is, it seems, upset with America’s naughty, naughty electorate:

“If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read,” he said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here, only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is.”

Bloomberg’s wealth may be enormous, but compared with the vastness of his arrogance and the immensity of his self-regard his fortune amounts to little more than a few nickels. Amazing.


13 posted on 11/06/2010 7:40:16 PM PDT by roses of sharon (I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13)
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To: roses of sharon
But Bloomberg is right ~ Many Democrats who've been elected to Congress simply cannot read ~ they are there because within the scope of influence of their own particular special interest group it was their turn to be in Congress.

That's how the Democrats do it.

But let's go beyond that ~ they all want to look good so they use botox in the area of their forehead just above their eyes. You do that you destroy your ability to perceive anger in others (due to the way we humans check out others to see if they are angry).

And what's the biggest argument the leftwingtards had in the last campaign? Well, it was that we should all be very happy with the Obamakkkare program ~ and yet we were all very angry about it and were tossing them into the street and doing curb stomps on them to make sure they understood.

Nancy is going to run for Minority Leader, and she thinks everybody is still happy ~ Obama thinks he should have worked harder on the message.

These people are NUTS or they're using too much botox. Plus, too many of them are literally functionally illiterate.

I'm glad Bloomberg is waking up to HIS PEEPS.

14 posted on 11/06/2010 7:51:46 PM PDT by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: Cicero

That is SPOT on.


15 posted on 11/06/2010 7:52:59 PM PDT by TV Dinners (Hope is not a Strategy)
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To: roses of sharon

I do hope this idiot runs for POTUS...


16 posted on 11/06/2010 7:57:47 PM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: roses of sharon
More NYC bigotry...

More globalist bigotry is more like it.

"...in his new role as head of C40 Cities..."

What the heck is C40 Cities? We've got G this and G that (G8, G20) and now C numbers? [Just wondering: When did these G number summits start happening anyway?]

The little kapo Bloomberg is arrogant like all the other NWO useful idiots. He recently said that he thinks it'd be good for America to have an Independent as POTUS. Yeah, sure, since he switched from Democrat to Republican to Independent. Plus he's for term limits now that he had the law changed to give him his third as NYC Mayor. He sure has a big head for such a small, selfish mind.

17 posted on 11/06/2010 7:58:22 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: roses of sharon

It’s the rats who can’t read, at least they pass huge bills without bothering to do so. Their spokewoman even said just pass it, we’ll read it later. If that’s how they’re going to operate,who needs to read?


18 posted on 11/06/2010 7:59:58 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: 17th Miss Regt
Here’s an idea. Next mayoral election make a commercial that runs something like this. Have a picture of the mayor and then run a picture of our new congressman Allan West with this quote: “If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read.” Then change the picture back to the mayor again with a message about thinking carefully about your choice for mayor.

Excellent! Bloomberg isn't worthy to shine Lt. Col. Allan West's shoes even though he wouldn't have a hard time reaching them to do it.

19 posted on 11/06/2010 8:01:23 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: roses of sharon

From the guy who has trouble reading the Second Amendment.


20 posted on 11/06/2010 8:03:03 PM PDT by firebrand (hormonal teenager)
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To: roses of sharon
“If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read,” he said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here,” he warned, “only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is.”

He was vague enough to make it unclear if he didn't also mean decades-old veterans, who "couldn't read the Health Care Bill" before voting for it.

21 posted on 11/06/2010 8:04:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: roses of sharon
It's the latest example of Bloomberg saying something that isn't necessarily politically expedient, but which his supporters find as a sign of strength for that very reason.

I wonder why Sarah Palin doesn't get the same credit for the same courage for the same reason?

22 posted on 11/06/2010 8:06:45 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: Cicero

“Free Trade” ideology has been bred into Americans for years. It is taught in universities and on the editorial pages of our largest newspapers. Most people see it as a great benefit to the United States. It was not just Bill Clinton and George Bush who favored it. So did Congress and so do Governors of our states

You and I think it is utter BS but we are only 5-10% of the population. If it was up to me the Japanese would never have been allowed to build automobile plants here and we would have had imposed targeted tariffs years ago


23 posted on 11/06/2010 8:12:38 PM PDT by dennisw (- - - -He who does not economize will have to agonize - - - - - Confucius.)
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To: roses of sharon

I think people are taking his comments the wrong way. If the US had good political and corporate governance (both are severely lacking), the US would be in a position of strength and would not be so reliant on China. China is taking advantage of our weaknesses, this is not China’s issue, it is ours!

The US is in critical need of reforming government and taking measures to ensure good corporate governance (good corporate governance is something most people greatly understand). I will not give a dissertation on China’s government or economy, but they are clearly on a stronger path than the US.

Bloomberg is correct is that we need to look inwards to resolve our problems. My take anyways...


24 posted on 11/06/2010 8:13:13 PM PDT by al_again2010
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To: roses of sharon

Funny.
The previous Congress couldn’t bother with reading the bills they passed. Maybe illiteracy is a common problem among elected officials.


25 posted on 11/06/2010 8:13:58 PM PDT by Little Ray (The Gods of the Copybook Heading, with terror and slaughter return!)
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To: GeronL
Boomberg is selling out his own country. Soon the USD will no longer be the world reserve currency,it is being diluted out of existence, and we will suffer a 15% decrease in out standard of living.Instead of 15 varieties if cookies on grocery shelves, you will be lucky to see 2 or 3 here in this country.

That's just the way we are headed.

And idiots like Boomberg are leading the way.

I can tell he has not read much history himself.He is an ignorant Utopian liberal psychopomp, who should be put in a pen and fed like a pig, on the slops of better men than he.

26 posted on 11/06/2010 8:27:04 PM PDT by Candor7 (Obama . fascist info..http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: Little Ray
It wasn't all of Congress ~ it was the Democrats who refused to read the bill and who wouldn't let others read it either.

Democrats fear words!

27 posted on 11/06/2010 8:38:26 PM PDT by muawiyah (GIT OUT THE WAY ~ REPUBLICANS COMIN' THROUGH)
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To: roses of sharon

Silly Bloomberg

Everyone knows you can’t know what’s in a bill until you pass it!


28 posted on 11/06/2010 8:48:34 PM PDT by Lorianne (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. ___ George Orwell)
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To: roses of sharon

There were a few members that voted for health care that admitted as much.


29 posted on 11/06/2010 8:56:55 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (Liberals are educated above their level of intelligence.. Thanks Sr. Angelica)
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To: All
"...“What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill..." (John Conyers)

Hmm. What's worse? to have people in charge who CAN'T read but WOULD, or people who CAN read but WON'T.

I know which one I would choose.

30 posted on 11/06/2010 9:03:26 PM PDT by rlmorel (When charity is mandatory, it becomes servitude.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Did he make his own money or is this family money that he has? If he made his own money than I would say he is pretty intelligent, but if he was “willed” the money than I agree with your assessment.


31 posted on 11/06/2010 9:05:01 PM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator
My comment was aimed at his condescending snarky attitude toward us “lowly plebes.”
32 posted on 11/06/2010 9:25:28 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: roses of sharon

Another salient remark from the genius that condemned “White, middle-aged, bald guys that hate health care reform”.


33 posted on 11/06/2010 9:30:47 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Cicero
Clinton was bribed and funded by the Chinese Communists. Bush was persuaded by the Chamber of Commerce and by businesses who saw profits in the trade with China. The results were, unfortunately, pretty much the same. We were bled out.

That's a facile, narrow and provincial view of the process. You've left out a few of the players, and focused on the wrong decades.

The process began in the 60s. I remember arguing with a real live communist as we commuted to work, and I recall the puzzlement of seeing the beginnings of our conversion to a "service society." How, I wondered could we maintain preeminence in technolgy if we all simply provided services to each other and allowed manufacturing, steel production, machinery and technology of all sort to fend for itself? We now know the answer. We can't.

Unions and a management style that had a culture of indifference to long term planning, which China does not, guaranteed the fast slide into helplessness. Communist atomic fuel runs our nuclear reactors, and China manufactures our electronics and passenger airliners. It didn't happen overnight, and it did not happen in stealth. Without a sleeping and indifferent population it could not have been possible. An impossible path was chosen, and the result was inevitable.

We are mimicking the entire process, as we speak, in the social arena today. With precisely the same inevitable result: It is impossible to maintain a strong and dynamic society half free and half slaves to ignorance. We not only tolerate it, we encourage and enable it in the name of egalitarianism and political correctness. Half slave and half pets.

A good supply of efficient demagogues can make great profit from that.

34 posted on 11/06/2010 9:41:21 PM PDT by Publius6961 ("In 1964 the War on Poverty Began --- Poverty won.")
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To: Oshkalaboomboom

Other reasons companies headed to China was because the politicians and their supporters kept insisting on a steady stream of minimum wage increases and heavy regulation by the EPA and OSHA to the point of ridiculousness, and high taxes that inevitably must be passed on to the consumer, making product pricing uncompetitive, not to mention the volume of paperwork that burdens every business here.

Then, there’s always the litigation factor where US employees look for ways to sue for disability even when it’s clear they aren’t disabled and still win because our jury system is so corrupted that having deep pockets means you are always liable to an emotion-driven rather than logic driven juror. And then there are the affirmative action laws and so on that make firing crooked or incompetant employees diffcult and expensive, if not impossible once they lawyer up.

And then when you pay your employees, they don’t even get much of it because government steals away a huge chunk of their earnings, too, making paychecks less valuable than the intended “face value,” and in the process demoralizing workers because they know people who don’t work are the beneficiaries of those stolen wages.

It’s not companies seeking more profit that is the problem so much as it is all the populist barriers to entrepreneurship and profitmaking that pandering politicians have put in the way of domestic companies - with the blessing of their often unwise constituents, who should bear some of the responsibility.

The only problem with free trade is when you try to do it without freeing your own entrepreneurs first, and instead yoke all the honest ones to a grotesquely oversized and meddling big government while giving favors and handouts to the ones whose motto is “In Bribes We Trust.” Heck, we don’t even have “free trade” inside our own borders between Americans, we are so loaded down with regs. The government was supposed to protect interstate commerce and instead all it has done is intrude and interfere in commerce by overreaching in every way possible and in some ways no one thought possible.


35 posted on 11/06/2010 9:55:00 PM PDT by piasa
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To: roses of sharon

What does China have to do with balancing the budget and cutting taxes? It was Sestak the democrat that attacked Toomey over MFN for China, not the other way around.


36 posted on 11/06/2010 10:41:32 PM PDT by ari-freedom (Ding dong the Pelosi is gone!)
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To: GeronL

This is just the general opinion of anyone outside NYC: Whoever is different from us is a backwoods, brain-dead redneck. I don’t know why he is criticizing people for not having passports, since most NYCers have never been outside the tri-state region, and most of them are certain that everything outside of greater New York is savage and uncivilized wilderness.

On the other hand, those of us who have lived in cities and towns outside NYC know this: Most other cities in our country are cleaner, nicer, better built, and friendlier than NYC. In addition, most NYCers are uneducated and boorish when compared to the people in fly-over country that NYC liberals like Bloomberg disdain so much.


37 posted on 11/06/2010 11:08:21 PM PDT by Thane_Banquo (Mitt Romney: He's from Harvard, and he's here to help.)
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To: Army Air Corps

Oh. lol. Have a good day!


38 posted on 11/07/2010 1:04:22 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: roses of sharon
"We're about to start a trade war with China

His remarks are puzzling to me because it was the Democrats, in union-funded ads, who campaigned on a platform of protectionism and "Republicans shipping jobs overseas.". The new Republican congress includes the most dedicated free-traders like Rand Paul and Pat Toomey. Sestak's most successful ad went: "PAT TOOMEY WANTS TO CREATE JOBS...IN CHINA."

Bloomberg's remarks are ignorant and projecting.

39 posted on 11/07/2010 1:32:11 AM PST by denydenydeny
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To: roses of sharon

If our elected representatives “can’t read” then they’ll just get their lawyer drones to read to them. The ability to read is less of a qualification for high office than plain and simple personal I-N-T-E-G-R-I-T-Y.


40 posted on 11/07/2010 1:52:56 AM PST by The Duke
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To: roses of sharon
“If you look at the U.S., you look at who we’re electing to Congress, to the Senate—they can’t read,” he said. “I’ll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We’re about to start a trade war with China if we’re not careful here,” he warned, “only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is.”

Keep it up, Bloomberg. You'll find you don't have a foot in either canoe.

Elitist twerps like Nanny Bloomberg give elitism a bad name. Our now-former Congressman may have known how to read, but they chose not to. They passed legislation without even bothering to find out what they were passing. They spent Trillions of Dollars without bothering to ask what it was for.

If that is an example of sophisticated thinking, give me more bumpkins!

And as for starting a trade war with China... China has been engaged in a trade war against the US for a decade, and we haven't been responding. Yes, Nanny Bloomberg, when a country takes their taxpayer dollars to subsidize exports to undercut our productive sector, we sure as Hell should have a problem with that. Just because we can buy plastic crap cheap doesn't mean China's predatory trade policy has been good for the United States.

I have no doubt, however, that Mike Bloomberg has profited handsomely...

41 posted on 11/08/2010 4:37:47 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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To: arasina
What the heck is C40 Cities? We've got G this and G that (G8, G20) and now C numbers?

Regardless of what it is, or was, or was at the beginning, you can be certain that it will soon be yet another useless, busybody NGO dominated by leftist retards who will use their positions to denounce the United States and opine endlessly about how stupid, racist and arrogant Americans all are.

If it is not that already.

42 posted on 11/08/2010 4:45:55 AM PST by Haiku Guy (Anything not about elephants is irrelephant.)
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To: roses of sharon
Mayor Bloomberg: ‘The People We’re Electing to Senate Don’t Know Where China Is’

"Let me get this straight: [China] is taking their taxpayers' dollars, trying to sell subsidized things so we can buy them cheaper and have better products, and we're going to criticize that? If you look at who we're electing to Congress and Senate — they can't read. I'll bet you a bunch of these people don’t have passports. We're about to start a trade war with China if we're not careful here, only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is." —68-year-old Independent Mayor Bloomberg,

Yep, Tea Party voters are just a bunch of hicks, crackers and rubes according to the elite of BOTH parties.

43 posted on 11/08/2010 6:38:01 AM PST by KeyLargo
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