Friday, October 09, 2009
Advising NYC Mayoral Candidate. I mentioned here July 19th that Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire Mayor of New York, has spent a fortune in his own money to buy re-election. Only in the past week have I seen any ads for his opponent, Democrat Bill Thompson. Obama today, thru his press secretary, gave Thompson a very weak endorsement, but the same press secretary gave high praise to Michael Bloomberg!
Thompson's ads are not remotely hard-hitting enuf. So tonite I sent him some advice by feedback form at his website.
Term Limits, Term Limits, TERM LIMITS! You have no chance of overcoming Bloomberg's money and fame unless you hit hard, again and again, as the ONLY issue that matters, Bloomberg's dictatorially overturning TWO referendums on term limits. Remind New Yorkers that they wanted term limits precisely to prevent a "Mayor-for-Life" virtual dictatorship produced by money and name recognition. "Papa Doc" Bloomberg. The people know there are over 8 million people in NYC, and far more than one is qualified to serve as Mayor. The City needs new mayors and councilmembers regularly — out with the old, in with the new — to shake things up and provide new ideas. You must slam all the new proposals Bloomberg pretends to have come up with all of a sudden. If these new projects are so good, why didn't he do them 8 friggin' years ago? Why did it take him 8 years? And what will it take him another 8 years to think of? If he is re-elected in violation of term limits this time, won't he just change the new 3-term limit to 4 terms in four years? then 5 terms, four years thereafter? or do away with term limits altogether? The people don't want a monarchy; they want democracy. Rudy Giuliani abided by term limits. Why won't Bloomberg? TERM LIMITS is the ONLY issue you can win on. If you don't land on it and ride it and run with it over and over again, Bloomberg will drown you in a tsunami of money, and democracy will lose to plutocracy. TERM LIMITS, democracy, plutocracy. These are the only themes that will win the mayoralty for you. And for New Yorkers.(The current U.S. military death toll in Iraq, according to the website "Iraq Coalition Casualties", is 4,349 — for Israel.)