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Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Posted by Steve Markowitz on November 1, 2012

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg published an op-ed in Bloomberg News endorsing Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.  This endorsement was not surprising given the Liberal and often wacky political philosophies expressed by the Mayor that includes limiting the sizes of soft drinks that can be sold in New York City and forcing NYC women to breast-feed in hospitals.  However, the logic behind Bloomberg’s endorsement is bizarre.

Bloomberg praised Republican Mitt Romney:

  • Romney is a “good and decent man” and would bring “valuable business experience” to the presidency.
  • Romney “understands that America was built on the promise of equal opportunity, not equal results.  In the past he has also taken sensible positions on immigration, illegal guns, abortion rights and health care.”

Bloomberg criticized President Obama stating:

  • “If the 1994 or 2003 version of Mitt Romney were running for president, I may well have voted for him because, like so many other independents, I have found the past four years to be, in a word, disappointing.”
  • Obama has devoted “little time and effort” to build a coalition of centrists.  “And rather than uniting the country around a message of shared sacrifice, he engaged in partisan attacks and has embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it.”

Bloomberg’s above conclusions fit with his unwillingness to support Obama over McCain in the 2008 election.  It is therefore remarkable that he now endorses Barack Obama for a second term.  In justifying this endorsement Bloomberg states:

  • Super storm Sandy brought the “stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief,” and “one sees climate change as an urgent problem that threatens our planet; one does not.  I want our president to place scientific evidence and risk management above electoral politic”.
  • We need leadership from the White House — and over the past four years, President Barack Obama has taken major steps to reduce our carbon consumption, including setting higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks“.
  • One believes a woman’s right to choose should be protected for future generations; one does not”.
  • On gay: “One recognizes marriage equality as consistent with America’s march of freedom; one does not.  I want our president to be on the right side of history.”

In conclusion, Bloomberg supports Obama who he concludes has been divisive and has had a “disappointing” four years over Romney who he calls a “good and decent man” that understands the promise of America because of Obama’s support of divisive liberal causes and questionable science.  This flawed logic is typical from elitist and wealthy Progressives who would control individual freedoms over the good of society as a whole.

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One Response to “Bloomberg Endorses Obama”

  1. Jim Mahoney said

    Bloomberg is a dim dilettante; so the fact that he would endorse another dim dilettante like Obama is no surprise. Look at the nonsense he spews in making his endorsement.

    He embraces the fiction of “global warming” as the reason for Hurricane Sandy. Although Sandy never rose about a Category 1 storm, it was unique in that a hurricane met up with a storm front moving in from the Midwest – literally a once in a century event. So if global warming causes an increase in hurricane activity then we should see a pattern of increasing number of storm in the past fifteen years. In fact, only 2 of the top 10 hurricane seasons have occurred in the past fifteen years and many of them occurred in the 1800’s before the widespread use of fossil fuels.

    He applauds the fact that Obama is hobbling our efforts to send fuel prices through the roof to reduce our fossil fuel consumption. But what else would you expect from someone who thinks it’s important to ban large soft drinks in his city.

    He plays into the phony war on women meme by implying that Romney would restrict abortion. No president can unilaterally restrict abortion as it is a settled Supreme Court case. He might appoint Supreme Court justices that could eventually overturn Roe v Wade, but that would just leave the decision up to the individual state – where it belongs. Can you ever imagine a time when states like New York, California and Illinois would not consider abortion to be a sacrament?

    Gay marriage? Is he kidding? The Mideast is on fire; Iran is weeks away from a nuclear weapon, our currency is worthless and he thinks this is a critical issue? This only serves to indicate how out of touch he is. Barry may also wish Bloomberg had not endorsed him as the story comes out that Bloomberg wants the New York marathon to go on as scheduled this weekend. So he will have generations to run the media tent as citizens go without electricity. Runners will be eating food and drinking water as New York residents eat out of dumpsters. This will look great on the national news but don’t expect to see anything about it on the mainstream media.

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