Just who in hell does Mike Bloomberg think he is, anyway?
Let me tell who I think he is: the most dangerous possible type of politician. His particularly acute paternalism is dangerous. His strident arrogance is dangerous. His adamantly authoritarian behavior is dangerous. His penchant to rule by proclamation is dangerous. His willingness, no, his eagerness to impose his own codes of personal behavior on others is dangerous. His trenchant conviction that people are too stupid, too lazy and too irresponsible to make their own choices is dangerous.
Mike Bloomberg was never elected to be New York City’s father, or doctor, or nutritionist, or social engineer, or dictator, or god. Voters did not crave for either his moral or bio-medical compass to supplant their own. Yet, he acts brazenly and consistently in all of these roles, stomping individual rights and freedoms with each step he takes. His affronts to and infringement of constitutional rights have been many. It’s positively nauseating, and he should scare the shit out of every defender of liberty. Hello, ACLU, are you still out there?
I’d like to also knock him for being an unabashed opportunist. His timely recurring shifts of political party, from Democrat to Republican to Independent, were transparent efforts to improve his chances of election victories. But being opportunistic just means that he’s no better than any other politician.
Finally, someone is doing something about him. New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling has nullified Bloomberg’s ban on large-sized soda servings. While the mayor vows to appeal, Judge Tingling’s decision is fairly sweeping and won’t be easy to overturn. The judge “enjoined and permanently restrained from implementing or enforcing the new regulations.” He cited the ban as “arbitrary and capricious” and concluded that Mayor Bloomberg overstepped his powers.
The 10th richest American, with personal wealth in excess of $27 billion, Bloomberg is an exquisite example of why we should never allow anyone to buy themselves into public office. Hey Mike, I’d bet a lot of New Yorkers think $27 billion is an excessively large amount of wealth for any one person. Maybe they can lobby for a new regulation to cap you off at, say, $1 billion or so. I’m guessing Napoleon would never have stood for that, but how about you, little man?