Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Dear Bloomberg...Run in 08!

Not to digress, but I just wanted to throw in my 2 cents and urge Mayor Bloomberg to run for President in 2008. The reasons are simple.
First, Bloomberg is incredibly well qualified. Having created a business that has blossomed into a $20-$30 Billion dollar fortune is clear evidence that he knows what he is doing from a business perspective. Let's face it, he is a brilliant businessman. Equally impressive though is the job that he has done as mayor of New York City. There is no question that Mayor Bloomberg was left with an incredibly difficult job when he became Mayor of New York, post-9/11. The City was on the verge of 1970's-style fiscal despair. Bloomberg made some very tough decisions, unpopular at the time (like raising property taxes), which showed true leadership. His decisions turned out to be brilliant and New York has clearly benefited by his exceptional stewardship. In stark contrast to the National economy, New York is booming. The Real Estate market is the strongest in the nation, Wall Street bonuses are through the roof, and the mayor has kept the Wall Streeters here so that the City's coffers are reaping a windfall. Additionally, and admirably, Bloomberg has undertaken to create tens of thousands of affordable housing units throughout the City. In general, the Mayor has made the City eminently more livable. The tough and unpopular decisions continue, from congestion pricing to banning trans-fats, but through experience, New Yorkers have come to trust the Mayor's decisions and his vision.
Second, Bloomberg strikes the perfect balance that this country needs to unite. Bloomberg was a Democrat, then a moderate Republican. In essence, I see him as a prototypical Reagan Democrat. He is a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. The Republicans, formerly known for Fiscal conservatism and laissez-faire social policy, have abandoned their roots and become free spenders who's focus has come to center around pandering to the religious right and corporate interest groups. Meanwhile, the democrats have suffered from an incredible lack of leadership and seem to have put up the only candidates that can't win a general election.
Finally, Bloomberg can and will win if he decides to run for our nation's highest office. As a third party candidate, Bloomberg would be the first to have the financial resources to outspend either party, without taking a dime from the special interest groups that have stood in the way of progress for decades. Ask anyone, if Bloomberg ran, would you vote for him? Ask a Republican, ask a Democrat. I have, and it doesn't seem to matter if they are right wingers or lefty liberals, the unanimous answer is yes, they would vote for Bloomberg. I have never been able to ask that question of such a diverse group and had everyone come up with the same answer.
We are at a critical crossroads in our country's history. We are losing credibility worldwide thanks to misguided, stubborn, and obtuse foreign policy. Our economy and the US Dollar are quickly losing their leadership position in the world. Our federal budget and the trade deficit are out of control. We have serious challenges worldwide. This is a time when we need true leadership, tough decision-making, and a president who is a true uniter.
So, Mr. Mayor, I don't know what it going to take, but if I have to beg, here it is......P-L-E-A-S-E run!

1 comment:

  1. He might take a lot of votes from Hillary.
    I highly doubt he rides the subway that much. He's the mayor, I want him driven around so he can make calls and stuff. New Yorkers shouldn't want him wasting all that time on the subway.

    We all have to wonder what Bloomberg is really thinking of with this congestion pricing tax scheme. Maybe he mostly just wants a new tax. Just wrap it up in ‘concern for the environment’, and then people can just demonize those who oppose it.

    If he cares so much about traffic jams, congestion and air pollution, why does he let Park Avenue be blocked off? Why doesn’t he do anything about that?

    It's true, Pershing Square Restaurant blocks Park Avenue going South at 42nd St. for about 12 hours a day/5 months of the year! This Causes Massive Congestion and Air Pollution!

    But apparently it does not bother NYC’s Nanny-in-Chief Mike “Congestion Pricing Tax” Bloomberg?

    It certainly supports his claim that the city is hugely congested.

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