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Walker writes: "'The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level,' Mayor Bloomberg said. 'The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage.' You see, according to Mayor Bloomberg, he and his mayoral colleagues are focused on results. It's the rest of the politicians who are screwing things up."

Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (photo: NYDaily News)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (photo: NYDaily News)



Mayor Bloomberg: 'I Have My Own Army'

By Hunter Walker, New York Observer

30 November 11

 

n a speech at MIT last night to discuss the packed sweepstakes to build a tech campus in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said he prefers City Hall to the White House. Almost immediately after Mayor Bloomberg dampened recent speculation he's eyeing a White House bid, he added fuel to the fire by explaining why a mayor would be the best person for the job.

Mayor Bloomberg's recent criticism of President Obama for allowing the debt reduction Supercommittee to fail led many political tea leaf watchers to believe he's eyeing a potential White House bid. To the dismay of those who hope he'll mount presidential campaign, Mayor Bloomberg began his speech last night by discussing why City Hall is just fine by him.

"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom's annoyance. We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have," Mayor Bloomberg said.

At first, Mayor Bloomberg sounded he was outlining why three terms as mayor was enough experience in public office for him, but he quickly switched gears and began characterizing City Hall as the perfect preparation for the White House because it allowed him to buck the Beltway establishment get real on-the-ground knowledge.

"I don't listen to Washington very much, which is something they're not thrillled about," Mayor Bloomberg said. "We have every kind of people from every part of the world and every kind of problem."

Mayor Bloomberg explained that, unlike Washington politicians, mayors are people of action.

"The difference between my level of government and other levels of government is that action takes place at the city level," Mayor Bloomberg said. "The cities and mayors are where you deal with crime, you deal with real immigration problems, you deal with health problems, you deal with picking up the garbage."

You see, according to Mayor Bloomberg, he and his mayoral colleagues are focused on results. It's the rest of the politicians who are screwing things up.

"At the state or federal level, that's where the real problems are. You see it particularly in American government at the moment where they are just unable to do anything, and yet, the mayors of this country still have to deal with the real world," said Mayor Bloomberg.

Mayor Bloomberg closed by expressing the desire for someone with real, executive experience to arrive on the scene and change things in Washington.

"Unfortunately, people at the federal level or the state level typically spend their whole lives in politics, and they've never been an executive and it shows," Mayor Bloomberg said.

Who could he possibly be thinking of?

 

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+88 # Kayjay 2011-11-30 19:01
Mayor Bloomberg, what a pig.
 
 
+7 # coffeewriter 2011-11-30 19:05
I can't say I disagree with him. Politicians ARE ineffective in government. To me they come across more as fundraisers than people who govern.
 
 
+56 # mwd870 2011-12-01 05:55
Do you really think Mayor Bloomberg is not a politician?

I don't actually disagree with your comment. The influence of big money and the ineffectiveness of the federal government, including Congress, are exactly what the Occupy Movement is fighting to change.

However, billionaire businessmen are exactly who we don't need taking over.
 
 
+29 # KittatinyHawk 2011-12-01 08:36
Don't need dicators either..this one has toooo many terms
 
 
+73 # Magars 2011-11-30 19:31
That sounded like a treat! Well is common for authoritarian people the use of specific language and tone to bring fear to citizen? How a politician can ignore the Constitution with this arrogance. A 21st Century billionaire living his feudal property?!!!
 
 
+101 # pernsey 2011-11-30 19:34
He has his own army that we pay for with our taxes, he makes me sick.
 
 
+33 # mwd870 2011-12-01 05:39
I wonder if his army comes complete with kickbacks from the defense industry?
 
 
+20 # jwb110 2011-12-01 09:52
Quoting mwd870:
I wonder if his army comes complete with kickbacks from the defense industry?


He may have an army but who pays for it? Not him!
 
 
+14 # Texas Aggie 2011-12-01 12:10
Actually the banksters kicked in something over $4 million about the time OWS took to the streets. You don't think it was to rent Bloomberg's army for a short while, do you?
 
 
+91 # LessSaid 2011-11-30 22:26
The rise of a new dictator. We now know for sure that Michael is a wannabe tyrant. He needs to be dethroned.
 
 
+96 # michelle 2011-11-30 22:36
"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."

Does this make Bloomberg our first Warlord? Welcome to Somalia.
 
 
+7 # jwb110 2011-12-01 09:53
Quoting michelle:
"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world."

Does this make Bloomberg our first Warlord? Welcome to Somalia.


It just puts him in the role of maybe the 7th biggest bull**it artist in the US.
 
 
+23 # John Talbutt 2011-12-01 00:12
He has used tax payer money to build an empire of contracts. Still he had to spend over a hundred million dollars in the last election to scrape buy his opponent.
 
 
+27 # wwway 2011-12-01 00:20
The excuse for the largest militarized police force in the world was prep for terrorism. Citizens exercising their 1st Amendment rights and gathering together to address greivences are NOT terrorists. As those who were against the radical response of the Bush Administration to 9/ll with militaryization of police would say: Chicken Little was right!
 
 
+15 # jwb110 2011-12-01 09:56
Quoting wwway:
The excuse for the largest militarized police force in the world was prep for terrorism. Citizens exercising their 1st Amendment rights and gathering together to address greivences are NOT terrorists. As those who were against the radical response of the Bush Administration to 9/ll with militaryization of police would say: Chicken Little was right!



If the sky is going to fall let it fall on Mayor Bloomberg. His pandering to the fascist element in this country has got to have some of his relatives in mass graves in foreign lands spinning.
 
 
+22 # giraffee2012 2011-12-01 00:21
I saw a documentary on Current TV: In Bloomber's NY NY, the police demand the black and Hispanic people (mainly youth) show what is in their pockets, etc.
If they have even a little bit (even less than an ox. of Marujuana on them - they are booked into jail.

The new way to "slavery" for the minority population and another way for the privatized prisons to "make money"

Bloomberg has his own army and this act of search without cause is against our Constitution. He is maybe worse than the worst GOP/TP Pig in Congress - who voted unanimously (today) in the Senate to allow the Taxes for the 98 to go up on 1/1/2012 while continuing the loopholes on the top 1%.

NOTHING can be clearer that the NOrquist CULT is for the 1% - with their TAX B.S.rhetoric about "not raising taxes"

Without a middle class these pigs won't have a democracy! Congress tried to pass a bill that anyone (even a U.S. Citizen can be detained in Gitmo (etc) without lawyer or reason.

Maybe with a Dem Congress & W.H. we can get some of sanity in the law -- or we'll find out how complicit the Dems are with the GOP/TP pigs.

Register early + mail-in ballots (help minorities to get registered early - send fliers - contact local Dem headquarters0
 
 
+10 # michelle 2011-12-01 10:13
"The new way to "slavery" for the minority population and another way for the privatized prisons to "make money"

If you are up for a good read try 'Slavery by Another Name' by Douglas A. Blackmon.
 
 
+22 # Progressive Patriot 2011-12-01 00:45
The governor needs to call out the National Guard to protect The People form Bloomberg ... except the governor's part of the 1%, too ... and the National Guard is (unconstitution ally) in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
 
+16 # mtravis 2011-12-01 08:38
The National Guard being sent to the wars abroad is unconstitutiona l & is no accident. When they are there they are not here to protect us as the local VOLUNTEER militia was designed to do. In addition, it galls me to hear that we have a "volunteer" military when in reality individuals in the National Guard have actually been conscripted for multiple terms in the never ending foreign wars of occupation..
 
 
+9 # DaveM 2011-12-01 01:02
There's a bit of a difference between executive and "boss". What we got heah is....failyuh to communicate.
 
 
0 # Texas Aggie 2011-12-01 12:13
I remember that.
 
 
+22 # CL38 2011-12-01 01:23
"I don't listen to Washington very much,".

He doesn't listen to the American people either....only the 1%.

"I have my own army...the seventh biggest army in the world."

Your point being???
 
 
+30 # Paul Scott 2011-12-01 01:34
A real SOB, this guy got himself a 1-Y Vietnam War draft-deferment , and now brags he has his “own” GD army. That would be the “army” beating the hell out of people who thought they had a constitutional right to assemble and air grievances against the government. The boots on the ground “army” should be so embarrassed with this SOB that they stand down till the bastard resigns. Don’t anybody forget NYC police commissioner Raymond W. Kelly when the masses realize that this is a fight for their freedoms they will raise in the millions. And we the people want to have constitutional trials for the traitors.
 
 
+22 # Patch 2011-12-01 01:58
What he says is true. Mayors have to deal with real problems in their cities. Whereas Governors, Congressmen and women, and Senators don't deal with anything that requires hands on treatment. They are supposed to represent the people, which as we know these days is a farce for the most part.

What Mayor B doesn't mention is the "HOW" of dealing with the problem. He has a choice: compassion & understanding or force and repression. It's obvious which one he has chosen in regard to the OWS. His actions say more about him than all the words in the world.
 
 
+16 # Aussieken 2011-12-01 02:07
Gawd -he's up himself isn't he?

Hey - didn't George W have 'EXECUTIVE experience?' Yeah - that really worked!
 
 
+23 # KrazyFromPolitics 2011-12-01 02:09
Bloomberg has shown himself to be a weak mayor in a tense situation. To be making statements about his fiefdom's army is the height of arrogance. Cops have been alternatively called peace officers. Ha! Inciting riot officers might be more appropriate. the question becomes, when are we going to stop electing megalomaniacs that use Orwell's 1984 as the template for governing. I'm just sayin'
 
 
+18 # mim 2011-12-01 04:28
In dealing with the Occupiers, the NYPD sure behaved like Bloomberg's private army. I wasn't expecting the Mayor to be so candid about it; his candor is both ominous and oddly refreshing.

In wangling a third term, he showed his contempt for the rule of law. In his previous life he was the all-oowerful dictator of a corporation, and he's carried the arrogance of power to his new role as an elected public official. The difference is that CEO's don't have private armies.

Keep talking, Mr. Mayor. You won by only a squeaker this time.
 
 
+7 # Ralph Averill 2011-12-01 04:52
Bloomberg's Jimmie Walker speech. "Why would I want to be president when I can be mayor of New York." If "Rudy the Rock" couldn't do it, Bloomberg never could, and he knows it. The modern conservative, bible thumping, tea party Republicans would never give the nomination to a godless New York liberal with a Jewish-sounding last name.
Off the top of my head, I can't think of a single president that was ever a mayor.
 
 
+11 # mwd870 2011-12-01 05:45
'Mayor Bloomberg closed by expressing the desire for someone with real, executive experience to arrive on the scene and change things in Washington.

"Unfortunately, people at the federal level or the state level typically spend their whole lives in politics, and they've never been an executive and it shows," Mayor Bloomberg said.'

Imagine the changes Bloomberg could make. Wow. Actually, I don't want to think about it.
 
 
+19 # stonecutter 2011-12-01 05:58
Look, the guy's a physical shrimp, with a nasal, whiny voice somewhere between a car horn and a sick old woman wasting away in a nursing home, so he's got to compensate somehow. So did the legendary Fiorello LaGuardia, but Bloomberg's no LaGuardia when it comes to personal warmth, the authentic "common touch" and genuine concern for all citizens of the city, not to mention fiery oratory. When Bloomberg speaks, I feel like I've been aurally pepper-sprayed and run for the mute button.

After all, he is the "King" of NY, and he's soooo rich, in his mind people are supposed to be afraid of him, hop to his tune, even if he has the presence of a midget South American dictator...all that's missing is the faux white satin uniform with the chest full of bogus medals and the copious shoulder and hat braids. Next to the word "arrogance" in the dictionary is a photo of him, with an arrow pointing to "hubris".

Some say he's been good for New York all these post 9/11 years, turning it into a DisneyWorld version of its former messy, sleazy, magnificent self (the place where I was born and raised and lived most of my life). Times Square looks like a sterile dreamscape where you can eat off the sidewalk, instead of the mysterious, dark terrain it was when Lindsey and Koch ran the show. It's "safer", and perhaps that's good. But at what price? Tyranny of the short!
 
 
+29 # Writ 2011-12-01 06:23
This is a very dangerous man. After meeting him anyone would know that. He is extremely cold. Also, with all his money he has completely lost touch with the citizenry. Some of his positions have been anti-citizens and his decisions appear like he has no concept of the city he lives in. Its because he lives above the citizens and does what he wants but not what the citizens want. NYers told him they did not want a third term mayor but he used his money to buy off the city council to overturn the will of the people. Tell me - how does a mayor rule over a city that said out and out they did not want him? He didn't care - he wanted what he wanted - not what the city wanted. He took over education and put his sister in law in who destroyed the education system in Washington, DC. So much so that when they finally got rid of her, both NJ and Atlanta told her no thank you. Now she is out west where they don't know what a disaster she was because Bloomberg has made sure of that with his money. Now he is saying the police force is his army. Noooo, get this man out of the mayoral office and make sure he is not in any office. He is as deadly as Guiliani. We do not need sick rich people over us. Their reality is askew and they have no clue since their wealth separates them from the truth of how things really are.
 
 
+18 # in deo veritas 2011-12-01 07:01
Mirror image of Hitler. He has the NYPD-Adolf had his brownshirts and SS. Maybe he would like to see NYC as a seperate country or state. Sounds like it. He is the rotten core in ther Big Apple.
 
 
+12 # SouthBrun 2011-12-01 07:10
While Bloomerberg is filthy rich,and I use the term pointedly, how long could he finance his own Army from his own assets? Not for long. Recall this demented man. The seeds of change have been planted and will sprout by this coming spring. Bloomerberg and his Army of hired Hoes can't stop it.
 
 
+7 # michelle 2011-12-01 10:16
How long? As long as the 1% and bankers keep donating money. Isn't that what we saw a couple of weeks ago.
 
 
+15 # walt 2011-12-01 07:11
Sounds like he wants to be drafted by the party of the 1%! He has the right credentials.

Billionaire Bloomberg has already shamed himself with his NYPD assaults on the innocent, not to mention his links to all the big money on Wall Street.

One has to ask: If someone is a billionaire, why do they want to run for any office? But the answer is simple. It's to protect that big money as Bloomberg is doing.

As for his comment about wanting a real leader in the White House, to change things in D.C., no disagreement there. Many of us thought it might have been Barrack Obama.
 
 
+23 # RMDC 2011-12-01 07:12
I like the terms everyone is using for Herr Bloomberg -- pig, warlord, sick, dictator.

Maybe it is time for a "recall" Bloomberg movement. Clearly, the US needs a clean sweep of its corrupt politicians.
 
 
+8 # Bruce Gruber 2011-12-01 07:37
"I ...", "I ...", "I ..."
While it is true that "HE" bought the chair from which he pompously projects his vision of 'profitability' in big city government, Bloomberg is only a temporary public servant supervising the executive branch of New York citizens' community. His "army" demonstrated its 'directed' priority of protecting "stuff" and maintaining defined "order" with military indifference to Constitutional principles upon which our nation used to take pride. Even for City Council members "Move on! Now!" is an 'executive refrain. Hannibal, Caesar, Stalin, Hitler, Pol Pot, and Pope Nicholas each projected his own vision of righteous power. Bloomberg's focus on money and appearances is no better. The 1% are well represented in his view of what holds importance ... 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness' of the 99%? Not so much as a hint!
 
 
+12 # mrbadexample 2011-12-01 07:50
of COURSE he's going to run, especially if the Repubs nominate someone spouting tea-party rhetoric about abolishing the Fed. Mike is Wall Street's perfect candidate, and they owe him big-time--NYC could have led the way on prosecuting the banksters but for Bloomberg's interference. and his two-faced dealings with OWS (championing their free-speech rights on one hand while planting hostile press about them at every turn on the other)managed to undercut a movement toward perp-walks for the villains of Wall Street.

You'd better believe that Bloomberg has already lined up the financing and is simply awaiting the results from the Repub primaries. But he's been in campaign mode for well over a year, and unless progressives start calling him out for his perfidy, he's got a good shot.
 
 
+4 # SouthBrun 2011-12-01 08:20
If we think things are out of control with the NYPD under Bloomberg, just imagine what could happend if NYPD was being run by Bernie Kerick under the hand of Rudy.
 
 
+10 # KittatinyHawk 2011-12-01 08:43
Remember the Holocaust Mayor Bloomberg? We don't need no stinkin' tyrants in this Country!

We will never tolerate Nazis here Mr Bloomberg so tell that to you Contacts!
Remind Your Army that when there are no budget they will have none either. If History repeats itself the Troops get too much Power and turn on their leaders, so watch what you wish for
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2011-12-01 09:58
Quoting KittatinyHawk:
Remember the Holocaust Mayor Bloomberg? We don't need no stinkin' tyrants in this Country!

We will never tolerate Nazis here Mr Bloomberg so tell that to you Contacts!
Remind Your Army that when there are no budget they will have none either. If History repeats itself the Troops get too much Power and turn on their leaders, so watch what you wish for

Amen.
 
 
+10 # Kootenay Coyote 2011-12-01 09:11
"I have my own army in the NYPD, which is the seventh biggest army in the world. I have my own State Department, much to Foggy Bottom's annoyance."

His? Not the city's, not the people's? Oh, indeed? Insane overreaching: anyone who says such stuff publicly has lost some very important social marbles.
 
 
+5 # punk 2011-12-01 09:30
look at that picture! it's a sneaky, predatory bird of not great intelligence. pictures are editorials in themselves. u can tell what a story is going to say about the person, just by looking at the picture. media CREATES the 'truth' in ppl's minds. i find it scary how both powerful and irresponsible ALL media is.
 
 
-6 # mrgrtmorris 2011-12-01 11:26
Sorry, folks, Bloomberg is one of the least obnoxious Republicans. He has the saving graces of humor and sophistication- -very New York. His viewpoint is limited in some respects but compared to his class and party, he's not bad.

And what he says about local government is true. Local officials have to be accountable because the consequences of their actions are seen every day by their constituents. They have to make it work.

In my small city, we have many Tbaggers and general know nothings, but our recently elected City Council members were not among them. Indeed two are progressives. Consistently voters make good decisions on local issues, though they screw up on national at times.
 
 
+2 # Tee 2011-12-01 14:39
Bloomberg's rhetoric has lulled you into acquiessence. You have yet to live through the money ways your pockets are picked by his administration. The horrible streets that damage your car.The huge parking tickets, and on and on.

When you complain about these many abuses by the citiy then you see the real Bloomberg. He dismisses you like yesterday's carbage.

Bloomberg is trully a republican. He is worst because he uses his wealth to further his grip around our very throats.
 
 
+2 # weelflyer 2011-12-01 14:12
[quote name="mrgrtmorr is"]Sorry, folks, Bloomberg is one of the least obnoxious Republicans. He has the saving graces of humor and sophistication- -very New York. His viewpoint is limited in some respects but compared to his class and party, he's not bad.

It may be true that Bloomberg is the the best of the worst but that in no way inoculates him from most of the above comments. If NY-ers want him to be their dictator for a fourth term so be it. But if the comments above represent the city's citizens I don't think that will happen. If I was one of them I would join an effort to recall him.
 
 
+2 # Tee 2011-12-01 14:33
There is so much reactive fear, guilt, and the need to keep a boot on the necks of the 99% by the 1% that heil Bloomberg represents.

He is a psychotic Rothschield Zionist doing anything necessary to keep the knife of oppression in our collective backs.

There is no hint of evidence of hope that he, Bloomberg, might even consider that he is supposed to be a representative of all New Yorkers. Our grievences are met with gross police hostility.

He talks ignorantly as though he has won the war not realizing that the real war has just began.
 
 
+6 # geraldom 2011-12-01 15:39
All I hear from people who protested in NY is what happened to them, the police brutality & such. What are they doing about it, at least legally? Why isn't anyone starting a recall election to rid themselves of their dictator, Mr. Bloomberg? Why is it that New Yorkers never seem to want to vote for a Mayor that believes in our Constitution & our Bill of Rights, that will make sure that the police never get our of hand, & that any police officer that does will be on the unemployment line the very next day, or in jail? Why is it that citizens can't sue police officers as a civilian in civil court? Why is it that you have to sue the city for damages & have the taxpayers have to pay for any damages won in a civil lawsuit?

If a police officer can be sued as a normal citizen & be personally liable for damages out of his own pocket so-to-speak rather than having the taxpayer cover for him, then maybe police brutality will finally end. Until a police officer has to worry about losing his house or some other personal item of great expense, perhaps even lots of money, then nothing will change & police brutality will continue.

What scares me even more is that a police officer can go as far as killing (murdering) you or a loved one & actually get away with it if he claims that he felt that his life was in danger even when it wasn't.
 
 
+2 # new_economy_from_the_ground_up 2011-12-02 17:08
CODEX ALIMENTARIUS, the United Nations, Big Pharma, militarized police and the BIG Banks work together. Mayor Bloomberg admits "We have the United Nations in New York, and so we have an entree into the diplomatic world that Washington does not have."
TRANSLATION: "My connections with the world's richest and most powerful work as a team FOR YOUR FUTURE!...total control of ALL the world's people and the earth's resources.
 
 
+3 # jay84 2011-12-04 13:56
Wow, if you were to give this guy any kind of real power, he'd be a tyrant of people's nightmares.
 
 
+4 # JayMagoo 2011-12-04 15:06
If Mayor Bloomberg has his own army, answerable to no one, and they consistently violate the First Amendment rights of people try to express their grievances against government, and it's impossible to make any charges stick against them, we are in big trouble. He's a tin-hat dictator, as bad as any Latin American dictator of legend. His actions in response to the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations showed that. The man has too much power.
 

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