Bloomberg Blasts Obama “Class War” rhetoric, Plugs Americans Elect

Newsmax.com reported on September 25 that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has blasted Warrent Buffett for calling on higher taxes on the wealthy. According to Newsmax, Mayor Bloomberg told David Gregory on “Meet the Press” that he is not impressed by President Obama’s class war tactics, including Warren Buffett’s claim that he is not paying enough taxes.

“The Buffett thing is just theatrics. If Warren Buffett made his money from ordinary income rather than capital gains, his tax rate would be a lot higher than his secretary’s. And, in fact, a very small percentage of people in this country pay a big chunk on their taxes.”

Asked whether he would run as a third party candidate for President in 2012, Bloomberg said he is “certainly” not going to be one.

But Bloomberg quickly and curiously mentioned that there is a real possibility of a third party candidate emerging.

“But if somebody wants to run, you know, there’s this organization that’s going to be able to get you on the ballot in all 50 states,” Bloomberg said, adding “That’s good for democracy.”

So what’s this organization Bloomberg is touting?

It’s called Americans Elect 2012 and is seeking to create the first Internet primary to chose a presidential candidate who will be able to run under the Americans Elect label in all 50 states.

Full report @ http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/bloomberg-buffett-tax-obama/2011/09/25/id/412180?s=al&promo_code=D1F4-1

16 thoughts on “Bloomberg Blasts Obama “Class War” rhetoric, Plugs Americans Elect

  1. paulie

    I agree that Bloomberg is a tool. One that may actually run and win, however.

    Paul-Ventura is a mirage. Ain’t gonna happen.

    As for “class warfare,” Obama is waging class warfare…but it’s against the poor and on behalf of his corporate backers.

  2. Michael Cavlan RN

    The police forces of Mayor Bloomberg are arresting, macing and brutalizing the protesters at Wall Street Occupation.

  3. paulie

    The police forces of Mayor Bloomberg are arresting, macing and brutalizing the protesters at Wall Street Occupation.

    Yes they are.

    100% certain?

    I would put the odds against it at 1,000-1.

  4. Gene Berkman Post author

    Paulie @ #6 – Certainly President Obama wants to help his corporate backers, including Warren Buffett.

    When Buffett calls for higher estate taxes, he is not being altruistic, except in a Randian sense. He has built his business on buying assets for below market value, when people inherit and lack the cash for inheritance tax.

    The other class that Obama strives to benefit consists of government bureaucrats – the “new class” as Milovan Djilas dubbed them. SEIU, AFSCME and the NEA are all big financial supporters of the Democratic Party.

    So it is class war – the favored classes of the ruling administration, versus the middle class of workers and small business owners.

  5. paulie

    Gene,

    I agree.

    Additionally, the poor are getting screwed big time as well: massive and persistent unemployment, debt, foreclosure, eviction, cannon fodder in endless foreign wars, record incarceration, growing harassment/abuse by militarized police treating poor neighborhoods like an occupying army. The government’s “help” only serves to further trap poor people in poverty.

    I agree with you that middle class workers and small business owners are on the short end as well.

    The corporate ownership class (particularly those owning large shares) and the government unions are doing well in this economy. The rest of us, not so much.

    Black households now have 5% of the wealth of white households on average, the worst disparity in several decades. Official black unemployment is 16%; probably more like 50% when you add in underemployment and those who have been out of work for so long that they are no longer counted as unemployed.

    Many poor people see the military or illegal activities as their only way to make a living. This destroys their lives and future through injury, shell shock, and criminal records. At the same time war profiteering and prison profiteering are boom industries.

  6. Robert Capozzi

    9 p: I would put the odds against it (Paul/Ventura) at 1,000-1.

    me: What odds do you put Paul/X? Johnson/X? And why?

  7. paulie

    Paul/x: 100-1. He will have enough delegates this time that he will almost certainly get face time at the convention. He might even still not be eliminated from the Republican race by the time the LP convention happens, although he probably will be. With his son and numerous Paul supporters working their way up through the Republican ranks, a defection is unlikely. If he does defect, I think LP is the most likely choice. But I do not believe he will.
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    Johnson/X: 20-1. He is starting to get debate invitations again and is young enough to have a future in his current party. If he goes LP, count that out for oh, another 20 years at least. What exactly is in it for him to bust his ass for half a year and get half a million to a million votes nationwide? Nevertheless, he is not as well positioned as Paul, and I see virtually no chance that he will not be decisively eliminated from the Republican race by May. And he can’t count on a convention speaking slot, either. So, I have to say a Johnson defection is more plausible than a Paul defection, although still unlikely.

  8. Kleptocracy And You

    Paulie you’re hitting the bullseye everytime on this thread !

    Bloomberg will only get in if he is needed to sway the election away from another possible 3rd challenge not backed by the establishment (CFR).

    A Paul/Ventura ticket would be that “two-wing” campaign mentioned. Ventura lands roughly about the same point on the left-libertarian position as Paul does on the right-libertarian side of the Nolan Chart. Won’t happen, but an interesting thought…….

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