Thursday, October 23, 2008

Bloomberg Tries to Buy Himself Another Term

by Richard

The Cato Institutes Vice President David Boaz has an interesting piece on Mayor Bloombergs recent move to seek a third term. For those unfamiliar with New York City politics Bloomerberg the popular billionaire mayor thinks the economic crisis is so huge a factor that only a change in term limits can solve any potential economic downturn.
I actually do like Bloomberg, but not to happy with anyone especially in New York City receiving a third term. However I do think should he get a third term the city will probably be at an advantage.

~New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who spent $158 million on his two elections, now thinks he should stay in office despite the city’s two-term limit. So far it’s much cheaper–he’s just pressuring all the civic groups and charities in town that have received donations from him, or from the taxpayers, to get themselves down to City Hall and testify to his indispensability in a time of financial crisis. The voters have twice endorsed term limits, but the mayor doesn’t see any need to ask them again; he wants the City Council to overrule the voters.

He continues ...Of course, as Nicole Gelinas of the Manhattan Institute has shown, New York’s revenues have risen 41 percent under Bloomberg, while he has jacked up spending even faster, so it’s not clear why he’s the man you need in a financial crisis.But the striking thing about the plutocrat mayor is the way he’s using his personal wealth–and the city’s tax dollars–to pressure people to support his bid to stay in office.

The New York Times reports: The mayor and his top aides have asked leaders of organizations that receive his largess to express their support for his third-term bid by testifying during public hearings and by personally appealing to undecided members of the City Council. …

The requests have put the groups in an unusual and uncomfortable position, several employees of the groups said. City Hall has not made any explicit threats, they said, but city officials have extraordinary leverage over the groups’ finances. Many have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from Mr. Bloomberg’s philanthropic giving and millions of dollars from city contracts overseen by his staff......
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