Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Mikey can't read

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is filthy rich. He's also an arrogant son of a bitch who treats the U.S. Constitution like a menu, and for whom patriotism is little more than a hat he wears only for certain public appearances.

During a recent tour of China, Bloomberg said this:
"I think in America, we've got to stop blaming the Chinese and blaming everybody else and take a look at ourselves."
That's probably true -- oversimplified, perhaps, but essentially true.

Asked if using Chinese technology to promote green energy in the U.S. was politically objectionable, Bloomberg responded:
"Let me get this straight: There's a country on the other side of the world that is taking their taxpayers' dollars, and trying to sell subsidized things so we can buy them cheaper, and have better products, and we're going to criticize that?"
It may come as a surprise to hizzoner, but yes, actually we are going to criticize that. Bloomberg's dispassionate, bucks-first attitude no doubt pleases his Wall Street cronies. We, on the other hand, are looking for leaders who focus on rebuilding America's economy first instead of making apologies for China.

This last quote is maddening enough to cause me to invoke a word I seldom use -- elitist:
"If you look at the U.S., you look at who we're electing to Congress, to the Senate -- they can't read. I'll bet you a bunch of these people don't have passports. We're about to start a trade war with China if we're not careful here only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is."
Last I checked, a passport isn't required for public service, nor does the one in Bloomberg's pocket make him an expert in foreign affairs. But never mind that -- what I find ironic is his allusion to illiteracy.

I mean, "they can't read" is coming from a guy who hasn't shown that he's literate enough to comprehend this:

"...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
Bloomberg's a busy guy, I know, so maybe some flack in the mayor's office could issue a statement explaining just what part of "shall not be infringed" he doesn't understand.