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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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I checked "funny," but would also like to add "depressingly sad."

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One of Chuck Young's great gifts as a journalist is that he could even make the most awful situations something we could all laugh about. Despite being very clear-eyed about the realities of modern capitalism and the fate of modern humanity, Chuck also had a wicked sense of humor that allowed him to see the ridiculousness of it all.


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If you want both incisive and hilarious, go to ThisCantBeHappening.net and then on the right hand column, go down to the box headed "Chuck Young's Posts."


Click on the link at the bottom of the link that says "All Chuck Young's posts." Read any of the articles on the Occupy movement or virtually any of his articles. You'll be edified and doubled up with laughter.


Chuck died a couple years ago after a year and a half of battling glioma, a particularly nasty and incurable kind of brain cancer, that ironically, given how much he loathed the guy, also just did in John McCain.


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Thanks, Dave. Will do as time permits. I have a tab on my computer for tcbh and pop in fairly often. Good work!

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He can run as Republican.

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That's what he should do. He is one. Knock Trump off the ballot if he can.


But no Democrat should vote for him. He's anti-union, pro-militarized police, pro-US militarism and a permanent war economy, plus he's a multi-billionaire who has grown obscenely rich on the corrupt US tax code.


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Bloomberg/Clinton 2020. A trader and a traitor. Both are con artists, and should be locked up. I have watched DJT for 40 yrs. People can go backed and watch him on video thru the years. Why all the hate now? Did he steal pension money, like that creep Bloomberg? Or sell 20% of our uranium to Russia like HRC? Who should be the anointed one in the White House?

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Well, Donald Trump consorted with mobsters in building his Trump casino in Atlantic City and lied about them being mobsters in his testimony to NJ gaming authorities, while later admitting he knew they were Cosa Nostra thugs. He had three women charging he raped them, and is an unindicted conspirator in the silencing of two women with whom he had paid sex during his run for the presidency. Plus he clearly has tried to obstruct justice by first attempting to get Comey to fire Mueller, and then by firing Comey. The guy, besides being a narcissist, incredibly stupid and willfully ignorant, is, to use plain English, a jerk.

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I hope he runs as another fake liberal. Perfect for all the fake Americans running loose destroying America on behalf of democrat party. Hurry up mother nature!

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I am glad that you acknowledge the outing of fake liberals. Of course there are fake leftists as well. Who would have thought that DJT would be the one to unmask their masquerade??

However, I am amused that you give the Republicans a pass? You of all people, should have noticed that the government is neither owned or managed according to desires of the people? Surely you've noticed that it's policies are full of death and decay and continue like a pestilence regardless of the political party in "power"?

Concentrate Bill. I know that you can do better.

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I am glad that you acknowledge the outing of fake liberals. Of course there are fake leftists as well. Who would have thought that DJT would be the one to unmask their masquerade??

However, I am amused that you give the Republicans a pass? You of all people, should have noticed that the government is neither owned or managed according to desires of the people? Surely you've noticed that it's policies are full of death and decay and continue like a pestilence regardless of the political party in "power"?

Concentrate Bill. I know that you can do better.

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