Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks Americans may finally be ready for President Big-Gulp. The billionaire who tried to ban businesses in NYC from selling sodas, energy drinks, and sweet tea in cups larger than 16-ounces is seriously exploring a 2016 presidential run.
The New York Times reported Saturday:
Michael R. Bloomberg has instructed advisers to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign in this year’s presidential race. His advisers and associates said he was galled by Donald J. Trump’s dominance of the Republican field, and troubled by Hillary Clinton’s stumbles and the rise of Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont on the Democratic side. …
Mr. Bloomberg, 73, has already taken concrete steps toward a possible campaign, and has indicated to friends and allies that he would be willing to spend at least $1 billion of his fortune on it, according to people briefed on his deliberations who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss his plans. He has set a deadline for making a final decision in early March, the latest point at which advisers believe Mr. Bloomberg could enter the race and still qualify to appear as an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states.
It is times like these when we must look to the records for a window into Mr. Bloomberg’s soul. An NBC interview with May 2012 should do the trick:
“We’re not taking away anybody’s right to do things, we’re simply forcing you to understand that you have to make the conscious decision to go from one cup to another cup,” (Michael Bloomberg, NBC with Andrea Mitchell, May 31, 2012).
In Mr. Bloomberg’s world, turning mom-and-pop business owners into criminals because they sell 32-ounce drinks to customers who like 32-ounce drinks is no big deal. In Mr. Bloomberg’s world, it is totally reasonable to micro-manage the lives of citizens down to the cup-size they prefer at local eateries.
A man who thinks he should be able to control how much sweet tea you consume in one sitting is a man who thinks he should be able to control every aspect of your life. The tens-of-millions of dollars he has spent on gun-control efforts across the country is further proof of his insatiable desire to “force” you to “understand” that his wants trump your rights.
Personally, I hope Mr. Bloomberg does run for president. He is generally an unlikable politician who will only siphon off support from whatever micro-managing candidate wins the Democratic Party’s nomination.
Big Gulp 2016: Ready to swill. Bloomberg for president.
Make it happen, Michael.