Monday, February 17, 2020

Essay about Bloomberg should be read by all Democrats

Bloomberg's ubiquitous ads, on every channel, every day, all across the nation are meant to lure Dem. voters into choosing him as our nominee.  If you agree that this is the most important election of our nation's political history -- and that it's best for us to look into who this man really is before jumping on his bandwagon -- then you will want to read the following:

COMPLETE ESSAY, giving important info. about Bloomberg, with many links to the facts:


Take away the $60 billion fortune that Bloomberg amassed on the backs of his workers too afraid to take bathroom breaks, and there's no way he should even be at 0.3 percent in the Democratic polls, let alone leading in some states. In a time of the #MeToo movement against misogyny and sexual harassment, Bloomberg and his company have settled scores of lawsuits from women over a toxic work environment, including crude remarks from Bloomberg himself about women's looks or their pregnancies. Bloomberg both expanded and praised "stop-and-frisk" policies in which black and brown people — the vast majority of whom committed no crime — were subjected to a cruel and sometimes violent police occupation.

At various times, Bloomberg has bashed the idea of a living wage, waged war on teachers' unions, endorsed the Iraq War and the war-criminal president who started it, expressed nostalgia for "redlining" policies that discriminated against black and brown home buyers, and even — shades of Donald Trump — praised authoritarian regimes like China's Xi Jinping and once said Americans should learn from Singapore, which executes drug dealers.

This ... this is the Democrat? I'm old enough to remember when there was no liberal principle held higher than that the American White House is not for sale, so why the sudden embrace of this billionaire getting away with it in broad daylight? The quiet part of the Bloomberg revolution is this notion that democracy is broken beyond repair in a time of pure tribal warfare, and so the only way to beat their dictator is with our oligarch. But if this is how 2020 works, then who would even attempt to run for president as a small-d democrat in 2024? Or 2096, if we're not under three feet of water?

It's not destined to be this way. I mentioned earlier that I think there's a 50 percent chance that Bloomberg buys his way to the nomination. But I also think there's a 50 percent chance that Bloomberg's billionaire brand is a wake-up call for Democrats. Preventing a Bloomberg-Trump general election could rally Democrats behind (hopefully) the woman who could best fight for actual progressive values, Elizabeth Warren