Bloomberg Bribes his way into a third term

Mayor Doomberg is nothing more than a corrupt demagogue. He likes to say that he’s not a politician, but he’s worse than any politician. His effort to overturn term limits by doing a runaround on the people of New York who twice approved term limits by referendum not only smacks of a lack of ethics and arrogance (as well as blatant lies, breaking his own promises that he was in favor of term limits) but it is a raw demonstration of the worst form of patronage politics – the kind of politics that corrupt autocratic
governments engagement.

Doomberg would feel at home in a Latin American country as a caudillo strongman. In asking the groups he makes “donations” to to testify on his behalf, Doomberg belies his charitable acts, and demonstrates that he’s merely engaged in bribery, not philanthropy. The same is true in his threat to bankroll candidates who ran against opponents to his horrible proposal for congestion pricing. Mayor Doomberg is the prime example of why we should not have billionaire plutocrats running government. They argue they are better because they are insulated from politics – that is exactly why they are worse, they have no accountability and can run roughshod over the political process. Mike Doomberg doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself, his rich friends, and his own Power. He’s a slimy, untrustworthy person. Think about it. If you had a friend who was a lifelong Democrat, but then he told you he’s going to be a Republican, just so he can get elected – what would you think of him, and his integrity? Very little. And then that person not only runs as a Republican, but he supports major national Republican candidates and policies?! And then, as thanks to the party that elected him, he double crosses them and says he has NO party? C’mon! How can you trust a sleazeball like that? You can’t. Because he wants to make the rules of the game up as he goes along.

In an article in the New York Times,
Fred Siegel, a professor of history at Cooper Union who has studied New York City politics for decades, said Mr. Bloomberg had cynically “reversed the flow of money” in politics to build the illusion, if not the reality, of widespread support.

“The traditional politicians are bought by special interest groups, but Bloomberg buys special interest groups,” he said.

So here’s how I feel about term limits, independent of how I feel about Doomberg:

Term limits are good for preventing politicians from becoming entrenched because the power of incumbency is has a strong effect on a complacent voting public. However, in a democracy, we should be able to vote for whoever we want. If I think Rosie Mendez has done an excellent job as city councilmember, why shouldn’t I be allowed to vote for her to represent me again, and again, and again, as long as I like the job she’s doing? What I would like to see is term limits for legislators of 3 terms, with a one term cooling off period, after which they can run again. For executive positions I would want a two term limit, followed by a cooling off period, before being allowed to run again. The executive position has so much power it is dangerous to let someone serve three consecutive terms. I think this scenario would be the healthiest for democracy and representation in the city (and I’d like to see it applied to the state and federal level, as well.)

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