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Bloomberg as Dem Prez nominee!?: We Already Have a Fake Billionaire President; Why Would We Want a Real One in 2020?

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Word is that Michael Bloomberg, the mega-billionaire former mayor of New York City who watched his wealth more than double while he sat in the mayor's office is thinking of running for President as a Democrat in 2020.

Why does that suck?

Well, listen as my dear departed friend and co-founder of this site, Chuck Young, recounts (in an article written foR TCBH! [2] published almost eight years ago) his conversation in late 2010 with a Bloomberg "push-poll" caller trying to convince Chuck to support Bloomberg in his re-election bid:

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Pollster: Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to close the $4-billion budget by taking control of the pension plan from the state and enacting pension reform.

Chuck Young: Didn't you just ask that?

P: No, that's a new statement.

CY: Well, it sounds like a statement I disapproved of with only slightly different wording.

P: So you somewhat disapprove or strongly disapprove?

CY: Strongly. Now it's your turn to answer my question. Do you know how much Mayor Mike Bloomberg is worth?

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P: No, I don't.

CY: I've seen different estimates, but it's probably about $18 billion. You can put on your survey that I strongly disapprove of that.

P: The statement is this, sir: Mayor Mike Bloomberg wants to avoid raising taxes on the middle class by taking control of the city union pension plans from the state legislature.

CY: Didn't I already answer that?

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