Archive for the ‘Mike Bloomberg’ Category

The Intercept is a lefty publication but it isn’t afraid of exposing corrupt lefties. Lee Fang’s article is a timely example of that. In the article, Fang writes about the second-worst NYC mayor in recent history, aka Mike Bloomberg.

In the article, it quotes Bloomberg, a Democrat-turned-Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat, as saying “I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused. By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities.”

That halfhearted apology would be respected more if he didn’t omit important information. Fang wrote this:

The statement drew immediate backlash over its twisting of history. In 2001, New York City maintained an aggressive program of stopping and searching people throughout the city, with an overwhelming focus on young African American and Latino men. But, under the Bloomberg administration, the program vastly expanded, from around 97,296 stops in 2002 to a height of 685,724 in 2011, a more than sevenfold increase during the former mayor’s tenure.

That paints quite the different picture. That different picture gets even more different in light of this information:

Far from changing course over the mayor’s focus on “racial equity,” as he has since claimed, the practice was clawed back by several lawsuits, which charged that the law enforcement program violated the basic constitutional rights of residents. U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, in a scathing decision, noted that over the course of 2.3 million frisks, weapons were found only 1.5 percent of the time. The decision pointed out that over half of the stops included African Americans and about third Latino, with less than 10 percent targeting white people.

Bloomberg’s apology is halfhearted because he’s attempting to hide the whole truth from voters. He’s just another career politician trying to con the people. It’s difficult to trust him. That’s the personification of the Swamp. That’s the personification of the Democrat establishment, too.

Bloomberg didn’t stop the policy of Stop, Question and Frisk. A judge ruled the technique unconstitutional. That’s what stopped the program. It didn’t happen because of Bloomberg’s enlightenment. This NYTimes article quotes Donna Lieberman, the executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, as saying “What the statement fails to capture is the magnitude of stop-and-frisk and the several years-long period during which stop-and-frisk was through the roof.”

I’m betting that people wouldn’t have a problem with a well-run program that wasn’t this racist. I’m betting that people were disturbed when they heard this:

Throwing kids against the wall to get guns off the streets? What part of that sounds like a well-run, disciplined, well-supervised plan? It’s wrong to let the MSM off the hook for calling the program Stop-And-Frisk. That isn’t its proper name. Its real name is Stop, Question and Frisk.

The bottom line is this: Mayor Bloomberg abused a legitimate program that reduced violent crime. Then he compounded the problem by making these exceptionally racist statements. The more we learn about him, the less appealing Bloomberg is. Let’s remember, too, that establishment Democrats are looking to him as their political savior.

The opposition research dump against Mike Bloomberg isn’t relenting. By now, everyone has heard about Bloomberg’s statement about Stop-Question-And-Frisk in which Bloomberg talks about getting guns off the street by throwing kids against the wall. He said that in the context of minority neighborhoods:


Saying that this isn’t a positive day for the Bloomberg campaign is understatement. Ed Morrissey’s post highlights something much worse:


Bloomberg actually says on the radio that “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.” I don’t think that Bloomberg is a racist, though it’s clear he isn’t connecting with minority communities. When he first got into the race, he went to an African-American church and essentially pandered to the congregation.

The other thing that’s disgusting is how CNN tried defending Bloomberg. Each day, there’s additional proof that CNN is the propaganda machine of the DNC.

On the day voting happens in Vermont, we still don’t have the final vote totals from Iowa. That’s because the Sanders campaign and Buttigieg campaign have each asked for partial recanvasses of the results. At this rate, we might have Iowa’s totals verified before the Convention in Milwaukee. I’m not betting the ranch on that but it might happen.

With that crisis still unresolved, Democrats are facing a somewhat similar crisis in Nevada:

Frustrated. Concerned. Nervous. Those are some of the words aides are using to describe the mood within some of the top Democratic presidential campaigns in Nevada with only five days until early voting is set to begin for the state’s first in the West presidential caucus and still no details on how exactly it’s supposed to work.
Campaigns here in the Silver State have been told that the Nevada State Democratic Party won’t be using the same app and vendor that were in part responsible for bungling the results of Iowa’s caucus last week, that the party won’t be using any app at all, and that what the party does plan to use is best described as a “tool” or “calculator.” Beyond that, aides aren’t really sure what’s in store for the state’s Feb. 22 Democratic caucus.

Have Democrats run anything beyond a lemonade stand? Here in Minnesota, examples of DFL competence in running things are rarities. MNLARS will (hopefully) be a distant memory soon after being a nightmare for 2+ years. MNsure was a disaster for a year. The Minnesota Human Services fiascoes happened over a period of years before being discovered. People remember the disaster that Healthcare.gov was.

“It’s a little bit of a damper for our volunteers who are more hesitant to step up and say, ‘Yes, I will confirm I will be precinct leadership on Feb. 22,’ when they don’t feel entirely certain about what’s going to happen,” one aide said. “Never mind the campaign, but with four days until early voting begins, the people who are going to participate feel like they need to have a credible explanation of how the early voting and caucus process are going to work.”

Here we go again? Only a Democrat could turn simple arithmetic into this convoluted mess. This isn’t how this should work. The only top-tier Democrats who’ve run anything are Pete Buttigieg and Mike Bloomberg. Everyone else is a senator. They talk for a living.

Both mayors are far outside the mainstream on the issues, which is why few people outside the Democratic Party take either of them seriously. Meanwhile, the nation keeps humming along under President Trump’s leadership. He’s actually run something and holds mainstream views. The economy is strong. We’re safer than we were under President Obama. Emergencies are handled efficiently.

That’s quite the contrast from the Party that can’t even do basic math, aka the Democrats. Bernie hasn’t run anything. Ditto with Biden, Klobuchar, Warren or what’s his name that still hasn’t dropped out (Michael Bennet).

Things are running well. People are making money. Income inequality is shrinking. People’s 401(k)s are getting healthier. If it isn’t broke, don’t tinker with it. That’s what Democrats did with the Iowa Caucuses. How’d that turn out? This is how that worked:

The KISS method (Keep It Simple Stupid) still works best. I’m a huge fan of trailing edge technology. I love things that work and that have worked for years. There’s nothing wrong with the Iowa Caucuses that a little uncomplicating can’t fix.

On a national scale, the lesson to be learned is that Democrats don’t run things. It isn’t part of their DNA. Bill Clinton is the lone exception. Berniecrats think that he’s too conservative. I guess they didn’t like the prosperity.

Anyone that thinks that a Bloomberg administration would keep the economy humming is kidding themselves. Bloomberg’s economic blueprint, which was outlined in this article, would be catastrophic. According to the article, the Bloomberg blueprint says “The 2020 presidential candidate unveiled $5 trillion in proposed new taxes Saturday as part of his sweeping domestic program. They would pay for infrastructure projects, as well as investments in green energy, affordable housing, education and health care, the billionaire Democratic candidate said.”

It continues with a quote from Bloomberg, which says “[the] plan I am releasing today raises rates on wealthy individuals and corporations, closes loopholes, cracks down on tax avoidance, expands the estate tax, and reduces the tax advantages that investors have over workers.” Finally, there’s this:

Among the proposals: rolling back President Trump’s corporate tax cuts; a new 5% surtax on incomes above $5 million a year; taxes on capital gains; lowering the threshold for the estate tax; and restoring top rates back to the Obama-era 39.6%.

In other words, Bloomberg’s plan would incentivize manufacturers to leave the US for places like Mexico, China and other foreign nations. Further, it would incentivize companies to not invest their money but rather to sit their cash on the sidelines. That’s the fastest way to slow job growth.

Then there’s this part of Bloomberg’s plan for economic justice for African Americans:

Black Americans have been disproportionately incarcerated, politically disenfranchised and subject to systematic discrimination. The enduring legacy of discrimination is reflected in the fact that the typical Black family has one-tenth the wealth of the typical white family.

Bill Clinton signed the bill that started mass incarcerations. President Trump signed the First Step Act that’s starting to reverse that incarceration trend. Democrats have taken African-Americans for granted. Democrats want their votes. They haven’t done anything to warrant the previously monolithic vote, though. Third, Ben Carson and Tim Scott have led the GOP’s efforts to create wealth for African-Americans through enterprise zones. President Trump signed significant increases in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, aka HSBU. Now, President Trump and his team are working on the Second Step Act to improve African-Americans’ lives.

Whatever Bloomberg promises to do, President Trump has already started doing. Bloomberg’s immigration policies are open border policies:

  1. Mike formed the pro-immigration organization New American Economy, representing more than 500 mayors and CEOs from all 50 states who are highlighting the contributions of immigrants.
  2. Mike ensured confidentiality of immigration status for all people who interacted with New York City government.
  3. Mike made New York City’s 311 government services hotline available in 170 languages and required city service agencies to provide translation and interpretation.

If you want the Democrat’s counterproductive policies on steroids, vote Bloomberg. Here’s a preview of Bloomberg’s TV ad that will air during the Super Bowl:

This won’t stop gun violence. It will only take guns out of law-abiding citizens. That’s the definition of counterproductive.