Skip to comments.Mike's so out of touch, it hurts (Bloomberg)
Posted on 08/11/2003 1:29:32 PM PDT by qam1
A savvy but rich New Yorker opined the other night that Mayor Bloomberg would be reelected. Seeing my eyebrows rise higher than a cat's back, he said: "Stranger things have happened." "Name one."
"Let's have another drink," he said.
The way things look now, Bloomberg is lucky he's not the governor of California. Do a Rorschach on him in New York, and you get tix blitz, taxes, no smoke, no booze, no fun. No nuthin' but orders from the CEO, who tells you that if you don't like it, you're fired.
Our amazin' mayor has managed to turn off just about every element in the city. Nary a day goes by that, by his acts or his words, or both, he doesn't alienate some group or other.
It's as if he wakes up every morning and decides how he can fix what ain't broken.
He never would have been elected but for 9/11, that's for sure. Until then, for all his millions that he ran into the campaign, he was running 25 points behind Mark Green.
The disaster at the World Trade Center turned Rudy Giuliani into a saint, and Rudy's arm made Bloomberg.
So last Fourth of July, Bloomberg's cops raided a beach party in Far Rockaway, Queens, a fund-raiser for the victims of 9/11.
They came in like a SWAT team, sweeping people off the beach. They even handcuffed an off-duty cop.
One woman showed the police a picture of her son, who died at Ground Zero. "This is a party in the name of my son," she said. "You should be ashamed of yourselves."
And the cops went on doing what they were doing.
Bloomberg justified the raid. The people were drinking, against the law. "The truth of the matter is, half a dozen people have died - drowned off the Rockaways," he said.
Except that none of the six drownings involved alcohol.
When it was pointed out that Bloomberg himself watched people drinking at a concert in Central Park, he said, "I don't know anybody that's drowned in a tuba recently."
You can't make this up. Yet Mayor Mike is oblivious, he doesn't dig why anybody would consider him an elitist.
He ran on a platform guaranteeing he would never raise taxes.
So he raised taxes more than any mayor in history.
What he never said was that he would outlaw smoking in every bar and restaurant in New York. The first thing he did was to make New York the No. 1 prohibitionist city in the country.
He did it, he said, to protect bartenders and waiters from the terrible health hazard of secondhand smoke.
"If I owned a bar," he said, "I would love to have a no-smoking bar. Then people would drink more."
If that's not meshuga, another word needs to be invented.
At a rally the other day on the outskirts of City Hall, a bartender put it this way: "Bloomberg did this to protect my health. Now I can't pay my health insurance."
The bars and restaurants are dying - all over town bartenders are laid off. Bloomberg never asked them if they needed this help, because Bloomberg doesn't ask, he orders.
Now he sits without a clue, a billionaire who knows what's good for us. "It works in California," he says.
In California, if I hear it right wherever I go, he'd be recalled this weekend.
Yeah, Lets not forget originally Bloomberg originally wanted to raise property taxes by 22½% but it was the Rat controled City Counsel that cut it down to 18½%
As is always the case in politics, shoot for more than you know you can get and accept a "reduction" in your proposal, still ending up at the real number you wanted, or close to it.
It was great to see Blackened back in the line up. Why it was gone for 15 years I will never understand.
This nutball also watched in absolute horror as Keith Richards and Ron Wood lit up a couple cigs on stage during a Stones' concert at the Garden a few months back, and told the Garden cops to arrest them immediately. Fortunately cooler heads prevailed, and the NYPD blue in attendence ignored the ridiculous - quite frankly, insane, order. Can you imagine the riot that would've ensued had Keith and Ron been arrested for smoking in the middle of a show?
Bloomberg belongs in a rubber room.
New York voters will. The overwhelming majority, anyway.
Shame cooler heads prevailed. It would have shown just how deeply disturbed Bloomie really is.
Bloomberg doesnt stand a chance in the next election even if hes running against a sock puppet. I live in NJ and hate our Governor but (to my amazement) agree with you that hes not so bad when you hold him up to the Big Apples Nazi mayor. You are not kidding thats scary!
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