Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mayor Mike Bloomberg Endorses Obama

Being a native New Yorker, I am not a big Mike Bloomberg fan. In fact, sometimes I consider him to have a Napoleonic Complex. From "urging" rule changes to run for a third term to combatting obesity by restricting soft drink sizes to 16 ounces he has shown a bit of an authoritarian stance. And just today, he screwed up royally in the 3 passengers per vehicle imposition for entry onto Manhattan island on people trying to get to work with a disabled public transportation system after Hurricane Sandy.*

But today, the New York City Mayor endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term.
I believe Mitt Romney is a good and decent man, and he would bring valuable business experience to the Oval Office. He 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. But he has reversed course on all of them, and is even running against the health-care model he signed into law in Massachusetts.
And although I vehemently disagree with his perception that the President has "embraced a divisive populist agenda focused more on redistributing income than creating it" and and "engaged in partisan attacks" instead of trying to reach across the aisle because after all, it takes two to tango and it's been well known that there has been no reciprocation from the entire Republican Party, this endorsement is worth a read.

* Bloomberg had the right sentiment but blew it big time. All crossings into Manhattan were carpool restricted except for the George Washington Bridge. Everyone knew that. What they didn't tell you was that after you got over the GWB, there were still checkpoints preventing vehicles from entering Manhattan. After a local radio traffic reporter went ballistic on air, the Mayor's office got rid of said checkpoint, but not until it caused immense backups and made incoming highways into parking lots in the midst of a gasoline shortage.

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