Former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg is the Id of the Democrat Party. The unlikely presidential contender is a racist, a sexist, and an elitist with a financial empire rooted in enemy China.
He believes that he can purchase the party’s presidential nomination without making himself likable or even pretending to engage in aspirational politics. He is a fascist. He seeks to inflict himself upon an unenthusiastic and unreceptive populace through sheer force of Wallet. And if he wins the nomination against socialist Bernie Sanders and empty-suit Pete Buttigieg, he will prove once and for all that Democrats don’t really believe in the identity politics they claim to espouse. They are about one thing and one thing only: Making Republicans submit.
Bloomberg garnered worldwide derision for an audiotape on which he defended his Stop and Frisk policy, saying that police should target young minority males for random searches. It’s the kind of messaging Democrats have spent decades trying to avoid. But protesting Bloomberg – as many did outside the recent Virginia Democrat fundraising gala – is pointless, as one black young woman learned, because Bloomberg will have a white guy on hand to quickly rip down your protest sign.
— Richmond for All (@RichmondForAll) February 16, 2020
After the Stop and Frisk tape was released, Bloomberg gained – yes, GAINED – four points among black primary voters in the Morning Consult poll.
Bloomberg’s sexism scandal – which encompasses many allegations including that Bloomberg made sexually explicit comments in the workplace and enforces his hostile work environment with non-disclosure agreements, and the claim of a former employee who said that Bloomberg told her to “kill” her unborn baby, riled Elizabeth Warren against him in Bloomberg’s first Democrat debate. But it still hasn’t proved to be Kryptonite for him.
On the issues of economic populism, race, and gender, Bloomberg is literally the exact opposite of the Democrats’ stated agenda. If they nominate him, the Democrat establishmentarians will reveal themselves for who they really are. Even having him in the race is a huge “mask-off” moment for them.
Bloomberg’s elitism is staggering. More than anything, it’s his defining characteristic. In a panel at the International Monetary Fund, Bloomberg explained his view that taxing poor people is actually good for them, because then they have less money with which to harm themselves with poor dietary choices.
“Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money.
And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying ‘oh we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do,” Bloomberg stated in an auditorium filled with people who presumably make decisions about humanity without understanding humanity.
“The question is do you want to pander to those people? Or do you want to get them to live longer? There’s just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there’s just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things. So, it’s like saying, ‘I don’t want to stop using coal because coal miners will go out of work, will lose their jobs.’
We have a lot of soldiers in the United States in the US Army, but we don’t want to go start a war just to give them something to do and that’s exactly what you’re saying when you say ‘well, let’s keep coal killing people because we don’t want coal miners to lose their jobs.’ The truth of the matter is that there aren’t very many coal miners left anyways and we can find other things for them to do. But the comparison is: a life or a job. Or, taxes or life? Which do you want to do? Take your poison,” Bloomberg said.
Does Bloomberg take any responsibility on behalf of the neoliberal corporatist class for feeding us abominable food at the interchangeable strip malls that cover the land once roamed by cowboys? Does Bloomberg offer an alternative to garbage fast food, since his platform seems to be that going penniless and hungry is preferable to ingesting some nutrients from sugary drinks? No. Bloomberg’s solutions-oriented totalitarianism does not really need to find solutions, because there’s presumably no one in his inner orbit who is allowed to tell him he’s not making any sense.
His view on farmers – people who grow the healthy food that serves as an alternative to mass-marketed garbage snacks – is just as spiteful.
In his remarks at a business school distinguished speaker series, Bloomberg reveals that unlike the agricultural or industrial economies, “the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set. You have to have a lot more grey matter.”
Billionaire Bloomberg claims he “could teach anybody to be a farmer,” even implying that farmers don’t have the same level of “skill set” or “grey matter” as folks in tech jobs.
So demeaning, elitist, and out-of-touch it’s appalling. pic.twitter.com/Auplmdq56m
— Anna Kelly (@AnnaKellyWI) February 17, 2020
In reality, it doesn’t take more “grey matter” to type out TPS reports in a cubicle than it does to farm God’s green Earth, but farming represents economic self-sufficiency for the middle class and Bloomberg does not want that. His elitism is not merely about maligning us. It’s about marginalizing us. For generations, we in the underclass have behaved as though our leaders have some responsibility to take care of us, that they must at least mask their manipulations in the language of lip-service populism. But what collateral do we really have against them? What happens when the Elites simply stop pretending? What happens when they decide to treat us with the contempt we only superficially show toward them?
All modern Democrat presidents have been stooges of the neoliberal war machine, as best exemplified by the morally vacuous Clinton regime which still circles like vultures around the levers of globalist power as Bloomberg reportedly considers Hillary Clinton to be his running mate. They spent the first half of the twentieth century agitating for racial division on the side of the Ku Klux Klan and the second half demonizing the white Republican middle-class majority for their own Democrat party’s segregationist history. They make poetic outreach to the poor but never solve income inequality. Their agenda has nothing to do with what they say it does.
The populist sugar high is over. The best you can hope for is that Democrats tax the fast food out of your hand so you can starve instead of getting fat. Mike Bloomberg might be the product of a political culture built on lies, but his presence in this race is all too real.
By Patrick Howley