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Loathsome-mayor update

He really is a fascist at heart, isn't he?

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Sunday: Sometimes government does know best. And in those cases, Americans should just cede their rights.

“I do think there are certain times we should infringe on your freedom,” Mr. Bloomberg said, during an appearance on NBC. He made the statement during discussion of his soda ban — just shot down by the courts — and insistence that his fight to control sugary drink portion sizes in the city would go forth.

“We think the judge was just clearly wrong on this,” he said, on NBC. “Our Department of Health has the legal ability to do this. … [They’re] not banning anything.”

Mr. Bloomberg’s remaining months in office have included a firestorm of regulations and policy pushes on wide range of issues. Aside from the soda size ban and a well-publicized call for tighter gun control, another contentious policy he pushed: Nudging hospitals to lock up baby formula to force mothers to breast-feed newborns.

If you just consider his policy pushes one at a time, they can be irritating or infuriating, but the sheer breadth of what he thinks government should do is breathtaking, and these remarks on TV show what a scary, scary man he is. "Cede our rights?" Good God. Yes, we agree to give up certain privileges in exchange for security -- that's the deal with democracy. But governments "of and by the people" are created to protect our fundamental rights, not decide when to abolish them.


Harl Delos
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 8:54am

On "Morning Joe", a couple of the guests were talking about people in rural states hating Bloomberg because he's Jewish.

Was John Lindsay a Jew?  The problem with New Yorkers are that they have no idea what happens left of the Hudson. 

They don't have a really good feeling about right of the Hudson, either.  When I was studying engineering, I said something about water, and it turned out that my roommate had no idea where water comes from.  Went down the hall asking others in that Engineering dorm, and 100% of the kids who grew up on farms knew about water systems - and most of them had worked on theirs - while 100% of those who lived in cities had no idea.  (It was mixed among kids living in towns big enough to have water and sewer lines, but too small for a daily papet.)

When's the last time a TV show depicted a farm family?  Wasn't that "Green Acres?" 

Maybe instead of building a fence to protect us from wetbacks, we ought to build fences around all the big cities!

Tim Zank
Mon, 03/25/2013 - 5:00pm

The most frightening thing is that we've arrived at the place in time in this country where he can appear on national television and speak honestly about his desire to control you and take away your rights as he see's fit and the only pushback we really see is a blog post here and there... 

Andrew J.
Wed, 03/27/2013 - 9:22am

Why doesn't government know best? We r government, right? Isn't government us? We select people like you and me, with viewpoints yours and mine, to represent us? I always find it funny when people speak about "government" like it's made up of robots, or machines, or God know what unhuman like members, other than real people like you and I.