Now that we’re three weeks into 2008, and Blue Monday is behind us, we’re ready to once again consider the presidential prospects of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Anyone stumbling more than once over this nanocorner of the ‘Sphere© will recall that Mayor Mike’s non-campaign has intrigued us for many months.
Faithful reader may further recall our R-word post of a few days ago. Paul Krugman was analyzing the Republican and Democratic candidates’ plans for dealing with our current increasingly dire economic distress. We commented that Krugman’s analysis left out a key player.
Can’t help but wonder what Michael Bloomberg thinks… Mike, Mr. self-made billionaire, what gets us out of our funk, fast?
Apparently, the mayor, or his people, were thinking along similar lines.
Bloomberg Rips Federal Stimulus Package
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: January 23, 2008 | Filed at 7:37 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON (AP) — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the White House and Congress on Wednesday are negotiating a shortsighted economic stimulus package after years of lousy financial management.
At an evening session of a meeting of the U.S. Council of Mayors in Washington, DC, Bloomberg laid into the administration’s proposal.
The billionaire mayor, who is said to be considering an independent presidential bid yet denies that he is a candidate, said the $150 billion stimulus package being hammered out between Democratic and Republican leaders won’t be enough.
The man knows his numbers; recall that starting from a good idea, he worked smart enough, and hard enough to become a billionaire.
”There’s just one problem: It’s not going to make much of a difference because we’ve already been running huge deficits,” Bloomberg said.
Some of those urging Bloomberg to run for president say his record as a CEO is his biggest selling point in a time of economic turmoil.
And, as MUDGE asked the other day, does he have a better plan in mind? Actually, yes.
[Please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]
Makes sense, doesn’t it? A few hundred dollars of tax rebate isn’t going to save anyone’s house.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Plan to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure for the long term, rather than playing political games with earmarks year to year.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? Ease immigration – get more motivated, vigorous workers into the country to help us work our way out of our economic funk (can’t grow by shrinking!).
As I hoped, on this issue, the man makes sense.
Your country needs you, Michael Bloomberg!
It’s it for now. Thanks,
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