|108th Mayor of New York City|
From: January 1, 2002 – December 31, 2013
|Successor||Bill de Blasio|
|Party||Democrat (until 2001)|
|Spouse(s)||Susan Brown (div.)|
Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942, in Boston, Massachusetts), an elitist New York City-liberal gun grabbing American Democratic billionaire politician, is running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. He is the founder and primary owner of Bloomberg, L.P., which licenses expensive computer systems for real-time stock quotes to corporate America, charging a staggering $24,000 per year for one Bloomberg Terminal in an example of crony capitalism. Using the high profit margin garnered from large corporations, Bloomberg, L.P. has funded some news-related businesses.
Michael Bloomberg is one of the biggest promoters of abortion who has ever held public office. In his first year as mayor of New York City, Mayor Bloomberg arranged for it to "become the first city to require abortion techniques as a standard part of training for ob-gyn residents at public hospitals. ... The National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League pressed for the New York City plan, which was endorsed by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The league is looking to duplicate the model in cities in the 17 other states that provide Medicaid financing for abortion," explained the New York Times.
Michael Bloomberg served as mayor of New York City for three terms, 2002 to 2013. Even though he was a lifelong registered Democrat, Michael Bloomberg successfully ran for mayor as a Republican in 2001 due in large part to the support of popular outgoing mayor Rudy Giuliani, and was reelected in 2005.
He ran for a third term in 2009 as an independent, spending a record-breaking sum—the equivalent of $174.53 per vote (more than ten times his competitor). Michael Bloomberg is also one of the richest people in the world according to Forbes magazine, with an estimated net worth of $17 billion. Michael Bloomberg is divorced and has 2 children.
Bloomberg dropped his Republican Party affiliation on June 19, 2007, stating "I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city." Bloomberg is traditionally known as a fiscal conservative with social liberal tendencies. He was frequently mentioned as a possible independent candidate for the 2008 Presidential Election.
Bloomberg re-registered as a Democrat in 2018. He has defended China's authoritarian, communist dictatorship. Bloomberg announced he would run for U.S. president on November 24, 2019. Despite the U.S. admitted about 1 million legal immigrants annually, Bloomberg called for even larger immigration levels. He described California as a "great example for the rest of this country." He stated that he did not regret supporting the Iraq War.
- 1 Education
- 2 Political views and Mayoralty
- 3 2020 Presidential Election
- 4 Mayors Against Illegal Guns
- 5 Strong Multi-Million Dollar Financial Support for "Gun Grabbing"
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Michael Bloomberg holds a Bachelor of Arts & Science from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. In 2001, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism established the Bloomberg Chair in Journalism with a gift of $1.5 million from Bloomberg L.P.
Political views and Mayoralty
Bloomberg enforced a strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. Under Mayor Bloomberg, the high school graduation rate in New York City went up 18%. He supports abortion rights and same-sex "marriage". Bloomberg was also the most prominent Republican to oppose President George W. Bush's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court of Chief Justice John Roberts.
Bloomberg took office as mayor in January 2002, just four months after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Upon taking office, he inherited the largest fiscal crisis in recent New York history. Giuliani spent lavishly during his final year in office, increasing capital spending by 60%. Not anticipating the dot-com bubble burst and the unforeseen attacks of September 11, Giuliani left office passing on a $4 billion city budget gap, where city law mandates a balanced budget. A large portion of New York City's budget are fixed costs. This created a predicament for the fiscally conservative new mayor. Bloomberg made some very unpopular budget cuts in the portions of the budget under his control, even closing many redundant fire-houses, a subject of severe public outcry so soon after September 11. These cuts, however, had only a marginal effect on the city's budget gap, which was ultimately addressed with the largest property tax increase in the city's history. Later in his second term, Bloomberg lowered property taxes, but not enough to completely remove the increases of his first term. Bloomberg effectively used tax breaks as an incentive to lure companies to the city. When Bloomberg first took office, the city's budget crisis brought threats from Albany that the state may step in and take over the city's finances. By June 2007 S&P (Standard and Poor's) raised New York City's bond rating to AA, the highest bond rating in the city's history.
Bloomberg was criticized by libertarians for pushing for New York City's unprecedented ban on trans fats on restaurants.
Although he has remained mostly silent on foreign policy, Bloomberg was a supporter of the War in Iraq. In March, 2007, during a news conference in Staten Island, he said about legislation proposed in Congress calling for a clear timetable for troop withdrawal, "we ask our young men and women to go over and to fight, and if you have a deadline knowing they're pulling out, how can you expect them to defend this country? How can you expect them to go out and put their lives at risk? I just think that's untenable and that this is not a responsible piece of legislation. It is totally separate of how we're conducting the war. It's totally separate of whether we should have been there. The issue that you asked about is plain and simple: Should the Congress pass a law forcing the president to withdraw troops at a given point in time? I think that is not something that is in the country's interest or in the military's interest."
Though Bloomberg suggested that he might run for president in 2008, he never did.
2020 Presidential Election
- Main article: Michael Bloomberg 2020 presidential campaign
With Democrat frontrunner Joe Biden's hope's dashed by corruption revelations in the Biden-Ukraine scandal, Bloomberg was pushed forward by the establishment DNC to counter a total socialist takeover of the Democrat party by Bernie Sanders. Bloomberg, a former Republican, bought influence in the party by anteing up $200 million in the 2018 Midterm elections to win the House for Democrats. Bloomberg was rewarded with a late spot in Democrat debates, although he had no individual donors - a requirement imposed on Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Kamala Harris by racist Democrat insiders before all candidates of color were driven off the debate stage and out of the contest.
Bloomberg switched parties to become a candidate for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president. After spending 1/2 Billion dollar, Bloomberg quit.
Bloomberg claims 95% of all murderers are minorities:
They are male, minorities, sixteen to twenty-five. That's true in New York, that's true for virtually every city. And that's where the real crime is....You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets? Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods. So, one of the unintended consequences is people say, "Oh, my God! You are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities!" Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that's true. Why do we do it? Because that's where all the crime is.
In an article published in Rolling Stone, entitled, Enter Mike Bloomberg, Exit Black Voters, author Jamil Smith observed that Stop and Frisk
"increased exponentially under Bloomberg, going from 97,000 in 2002 to more than 500,000 in 2006 and 700,000 in 2011. And the federal judge who declared stop-and-frisk unconstitutional in 2013 found nearly 90 percent of the people stopped hadn’t done anything illegal....NYPD officers disproportionately stopped black and Latino New Yorkers — 83 percent of the stops from 2004 to 2012, per ProPublica — despite their comprising about only half of the city’s population. ....I wouldn’t put it past the Wall Street oligarchs to be counting upon this, a forced compromise that will eject a charlatan wrecking their profits with trade wars and install someone who will be more friendly to them — but who will largely leave the most vital Democratic constituencies in the cold, possibly with their hands up and getting searched. This all may be a moot point. Democrats will only win the White House, or the Senate, when they can properly protect voters of color from suppression and give those voters reasons to choose them. That seems like too tall a task for a party hanging its hopes on the likes of Bloomberg. If defeating Trump really is his goal, then his cause is likely lost."
Bloomberg's support for the scheme, which targeted black and Latino males as young as 13, making their routine harassment and humiliation “just a fact of life in New York”.
"New York City is about 60% people of color.and
Stop and Frisk was an unconstitutional, devastating practice for the entire city that intentionally exempted White people from harm.It was one of the most racist policies I’ve ever lived through that deeply impacted the entire city.
Will people get their records expunged?
Will young people sucked into the spiderweb of incarceration get their lives back?Unless there is restorative justice, there is no “moving on” from Stop & Frisk. It’s just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian & racist policy.
Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practices against minorities known as “redlining” was responsible for instigating the 2008 Financial crisis.
“It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone,” Bloomberg said at a forum that was hosted by Georgetown University in September 2008. “Redlining, if you remember, was the term where banks took whole neighborhoods and said, ‘People in these neighborhoods are poor, they’re not going to be able to pay off their mortgages, tell your salesmen don’t go into those areas.' And then Congress got involved — local elected officials, as well — and said, ‘Oh that’s not fair, these people should be able to get credit.’ And once you started pushing in that direction, banks started making more and more loans where the credit of the person buying the house wasn’t as good as you would like.”
"I'm surprised that someone running for the Democratic nomination thinks the economy would be better off if we just let banks be more overtly racist. We need to confront the shameful legacy of discrimination, not lie about it like Mike Bloomberg has done.
""You and I are beneficiaries of these jobs. You and I both play golf; who takes care of the greens and the fairways in your golf course?"
A New York Magazine journalist reported that in his time spent with Bloomberg, he degraded women based on their appearance, in one instance ignoring the conversation they were in to gesture at a woman and say, “Look at the ass on her.” The same article recounts a female politician detailing how the mayor shamed her for wearing flats rather than heels and demeaned the gray streaks in her hair.
New York Magazine also reported on a list of “Bloombergisms,” common phrases and quips the mayor used to make. These reportedly included “If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s,” and “I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site and doesn’t get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one.”
At a Virginia townhall meeting, a citizen asked,
“How do you justify pushing for more gun control when you have an armed security detail that’s likely equipped with the same firearms and magazines that you seek to ban the common citizen from owning? Does your life matter more than mine or my family’s or these peoples’?”
Bloomberg responded, "I have a security detail, I pay for it all myself," implying guns can be bought with food stamps.
“As Bloomberg’s New York Prospered, Inequality Flourished Too” (New York Times, 11/9/19) is corporate media's ambivalent way of acknowledging that Bloomberg's tenure benefited the few at the expense of the many, with the “growth and prosperity” the Times illustrated with the controversial Atlantic Yards/Barclay Center in Brooklyn accompanied by increases in rents, gentrification and homelessness.
We the intelligentsia, people who could make it into this room, we believe in a lot of things. In terms of equality and protecting individual rights that make no sense to the vast bulk of people. They're not opposed to you having some rights, but there's a fundamental disconnect between us believing the rights of the individual come first and the general belief around the world.
I think it's fair to say that the rights of society comes first. And so, I don't know how many of you familiar with the the bathroom issue in the United States. Anybody know what I'm talking about? If you want to know if somebody a good salesman, give them the job of going to the Midwest and picking a town and selling to that town the concept that some man wearing a dress should be in a locker room with their daughter. If you can sell that, you can sell anything. I mean, they just look at you and they say, What on earth are you talking about? And you say, Well, this person identifies his or her gender as different than what's on their birth certificate. What do you mean? You're either born this or you're born that.And you know I will say, in our prison system in New York City we have to have the policy when you walk in, you drop your trousers, you go this way you go that way. That's it. Because you can't mix things in a jail. That's a practical case of where you have to make a decision. But it's so many things that we are nuanced, and the social issues that we're very proud of achieving aren't believed by the vast bulk of the people."
Bloombereg thinks China is not a dictatorship and its leaders listen to the people when they are not running them over with tanks. 10,000 pro-democracy protesters were murdered in the Tiananmen massacre, for which Chinese leaders were rewarded with entrance into the World Trade Organization by globalists and an $800 Billion (that would be $1 million x 100,000 x 8) trade surplus with the United States. According to Bloomberg News, President Trump is succeeding in making China pay most of the cost of the trade war. Bloomberg is more pro-China than Trump ever was pro-Russia.
Fake news proponent
CBS 60 Minutes headlined Bloomberg in the DNC's efforts to consolidate Trump-haters apart from the more violent Sanders' base. Bloomberg repeated the "Trump said coronavirus is a hoax" hoax, and surprisingly, was called out by interviewer Scott Pelley.
Bloomberg backed Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression and invasion of the Crimea. Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin highlighted Bloomberg's comments from an appearance at the Aspen Institute. Bloomberg compared Russia's move to annex Crimea to the United States colonialism in California in 1848.
- See also: Leftwing war on women
Harvey Weinstein was honored at a 2013 ceremony in the New York City mayor's home at where the disgraced movie producer cracked sex jokes and praised Michael Bloomberg. Weinstein expressed gratitude that Bloomberg “dropped a lot of things” in helping bailout his company after it fell on difficult financial times during the Financial Crisis of 2008. The full version of the Bloomberg event, which has been on YouTube since 2013, also shows Weinstein thanking Bloomberg for helping bailout his movie company.
“I called our mayor, and I just said, ‘you know, things are a little topsy-turvy here at the company, you know, we’d be moving jobs to California and we don’t want to leave New York City.’ And the mayor, extremely busy as he was with so many more important things, dropped a lot of things and got it done for us. The mayor’s there in a big way. The mayor was there in a visual way. And I don’t think Bob [Weinstein] and I would be on this stage if the mayor wasn’t there for us, so thank you mayor.”
Weinstein was charged on May 25, 2018 with raping two women in New York. He was charged on Jan. 7, 2020 with sexually assaulting an actress in Los Angeles on Feb. 17, 2013. More than 80 other women have come forward with sexual assault allegations against Weinstein. Weinstein is a longtime leftwing activist and Democratic mega-donor.
The CityTime scandal, which federal Judge George Daniels called “the largest city corruption scandal in decades,” was a 2011 debacle in which digitizing the city's payroll system resulted in ballooning costs and the conviction of three contractors for bilking the city. Unions had rallied against the system, but Bloomberg, who oversaw and championed the overhaul, pressed on.
As long-time city reporter Bob Hennelly noted on WNYC (6/29/11), even though Bloomberg never faced prosecution in the mess, this was his responsibility.
Deutsche Bank fire
For months, Lower Manhattan residents and worker advocates had raised alarm bells about the controversial simultaneous decontamination and demolition of the former Deutsche Bank Building, which had been badly damaged on 9/11. They alleged that shoddy contracting could endanger the community, but the city pressed on despite these loud objections. On August 18, 2007, faulty construction work led to a fire that killed two firefighters, largely because the contractors had violated construction codes that would have allowed for quicker emergency exits. The incident soured relations between the Lower Manhattan community and the administration, and inflamed tensions between Bloomberg and the firefighter unions.
The pro-Trump Great America super PAC filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Michael Bloomberg transferring $18 million from his defunct presidential committee to the Democratic National Committee. Because the money to the committee all came from Bloomberg himself, the transfer is an illegal violation of campaign finance limits on donations, the group says.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
See main article: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention
Bloomberg has been criticized by the NRA, Gun Owners of America, Second Amendment Foundation and other Second Amendment advocates for his position on handguns, having co-founded the liberal gun control propaganda organization, "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" ("MAIG"). His gun control policies and executive orders continued those implemented by his predecessor Rudolph Giuliani.
New York City crime statistics for 2007 were the lowest ever recorded for the City. As of December 2007, compared to 2001 figures (the year before Bloomberg took office), shootings were down 11%, murder was down 25%, auto theft was down 55% and major crime overall was down 26%.
Strong Multi-Million Dollar Financial Support for "Gun Grabbing"
Bloomberg, as a liberal elitist, strongly supports gun control and gun free zones and along with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer far outspent the NRA to multimillion-dollar bankroll Washington State Initiative 594. (See Northwest Firearms Forum, NRA on 594, VoteNo594.com) The newly passed law creates a new progressive police state bureaucracy with so-called "universal background checks" (except for criminals who never follow laws) and makes it a felony to temporarily loan a gun to a relative or friend even while you are at the gun range practicing together.
- Mike Bloomberg. mikebloomberg.com.
- Klein, Philip (November 8, 2019). Reminder: Michael Bloomberg was only ever a Republican of convenience. Washington Examiner. Retrieved November 9, 2019.
- Mayor Bloomberg spent $102M on campaign to win third term - or $175 per vote. New York Daily News (November 27, 2009).
- The 400 Richest Americans. Forbes (September 21, 2006).
- Bloomberg Drops GOP, Fuels Talk of Presidential Bid. NPR (June 20, 2007).
- Wise, Justin (October 10, 2018). Bloomberg re-registers as Democrat. The Hill. Retrieved October 10, 2018.
- Adams, Becket (September 27, 2019). Michael Bloomberg, apologist for tyranny. Washington Examiner. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Miller, S.A.; McLaughlin, Seth (November 24, 2019). Michael Bloomberg launches 2020 bid: 'I'm running for president to defeat Donald Trump'. The Washington Times. Retrieved November 24, 2019.
- Adelmann, Bob (November 25, 2019). Bloomberg Officially Announces His Candidacy for President. The New American. Retrieved November 25, 2019.
- Multiple references:
- Munro, Neil (November 26, 2019). Michael Bloomberg: Government Should Import ‘an Awful Lot More’ Immigrants. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Daugherty, Owen (November 27, 2019). Bloomberg calls for 'more immigrants rather than less' in campaign speech. The Hill. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Cooper, Jonathan J. (November 26, 2019). Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants. Associated Press. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Munro, Neil (January 7, 2020). Mike Bloomberg: Employers Should Hire ‘the Best’ Foreigners Instead of Americans. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
- Multiple references:
- Blood, Michael R. (January 6, 2020). 'Great example for the rest of this country': Bloomberg sees California as model for U.S. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
- Chasmar, Jessica (January 8, 2020). Michael Bloomberg: 'California can serve as a great example for the rest of this country'. The Washington Times. Retrieved January 8, 2020.
- Manchester, Julia (January 7, 2020). Bloomberg on backing 2003 invasion of Iraq: 'I don't live in a regret world'. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 7, 2020.
- Bloomberg Chair Established at Journalism School. Columbia University (May 4, 2001).
- Bloomberg: New York City Will Collapse Without Illegal Immigrants. Fox News (July 5, 2006).
- New York: A Day Late and $4 Billion Short. Bloomberg.com (FEBRUARY 4, 2002).
- Bleau, Hannah (November 27, 2019). Bloomberg Flashback: Tax Hikes on Poor ‘Good’ Because They Cannot Afford Things that Will Kill Them. Breitbart News. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
- Miller, S.A.; Scarborough, Rowan (November 29, 2019). Bloomberg touts taxing the poor: 'Do you want to pander to those people?' The Washington Times. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
- New York Times, 11/17/19
- Actual text of the law from WA.gov. Northwest Firearms Discussion of the new "gun grabbing" law