Kissing Bloomberg's Ass is NOT the Change we Need
In 2008 there was a massive shift in the electoral map and a rejection of failed Republican ideology. But it seems New York "Democrats" didn't get the memo. New York Democrats seem to be wetting themselves over the man who was the biggest individual donor to Tom DeLay's right wing extremist PAC: Michael Bloomberg.
Bloomberg may not be an insane right winger like Bush, but he WAS a major donor to the Bush Republicans and advocates a very similar "privatization" scheme that favors donors and sacrifices actual effective government. Closing down firehouses while showering developers with money, outsourcing pre-K enrollment to an inept company, creating a crisis for many parents, illegally imprisoning Democrats protesting the Republican Convention...the list of Bloomberg BS goes on. And for some reason we are seeing Democrats glom their lips on Bloomberg's posterior, almost fighting eachother to get in the wettest kiss.
The latest example of this was the 29 NYC Democrats, like Yassky, Recchia, Gonzalez and their lead ass-kisser, Quinn, tried to convince us that Bloomberg (who, by the way, was the mayor who presided over this economic collapse much as Bush presided over it as President) is the Economic Messiah who can save us all from the Bush economy. They were so convinced of Bloomberg's sainthood that they told the voters to go to hell and reversed the term limits voters had overwhelmingly supported.
But the Democratic love fest for Tom DeLay's biggest donor and the man who compared Democrats protesting the Republican Convention to terrorists doesn't end there. We now hear that Brooklyn's corrupt Party Leader, Vito Lopez, loves kissing Bloomberg's ass:
"I like the mayor, you know, socially and personally, and I think he has a lot of guts and he knows how it get things done," Lopez told the crowd. "So, I’m honored and happy that the mayor decided to come here on Christmas Day. its sortof a tradition and I believe in that."
This was the second time in about a month that Bloomberg made the trek to Bushwick to pay tribute to Lopez. The last time, he attended a community meeting with the chairman, who called the mayor "a hero." This was followed 24 hours later by Bloomberg's surprise drop-in at the ABNY breakfast when Rep. Joe Crowley, the Queens Democratic chairman, was the featured speaker.
Yuck. I think this is NOT the change Obama was talking about.
And then there is Carolyn Kennedy. It appears that Carolyn pretty much has no personal ideology, no qualifications she can speak of, but is mainly angling for Senate because, well, Gosh Darn it, Bloomberg likes her. In fact Bloomberg loves her so much, he is threatening unions, trying to bully them into supporting Kennedy and himself.
The City Council has already alienated many voters by siding with Bloomberg over the voters. Will unions also cave to Tsar Bloomberg, hoping for some kind of scraps leftover from his privatization feast? Or will unions show the kind of backbone that seems foreign to Wimpy Democrats like David Yassky, Sara Gonzalez and Christine Quinn.
Obama's message of change and the restoration of the democratic process resonated very nicely around the country. Blagojavitch didn't get the memo and his head is being handed to him on a platter...deservedly so. Vito Lopez, Michael Bloomberg, Carolyn Kennedy and many other New York politicians also don't seem to have gotten the memo. They have the money and the arrogance to try and buck the will of the voters. But, particularly if they alienate unions as well, I believe many of them will also have their head handed to them on a platter. WFP is already rallying to take out some of the Bloomberg ass-kissers in the City Council (if only they can keep straight who is siding with the Lopez machine and who is part of the opposition...got that WFP readers?). Governor Patterson doesn't seem to pleased with the way Bloomberg and Kennedy are pushing for her to be anointed Senator. Will he stand up to them? Will Bloomberg and Kennedy alienate unions as well in their arrogance? Really...I hope so. I'd love to see unions get pissed at the CEO worshippers who view workers as nothing but scum to be bullied.