Just as Allen West sees Communists in every nook and corner of Congress, as long as it’s a Democrat he’s targeting, Mayor Michael Bloomberg (NY-I) sees communism in City Council Speaker Christine Quinn’s living wage bill.
Bloomberg has promised to veto the bill and if necessary initiate a lawsuit
“If you think about it, the last time we really had a big, managed economy was the U.S.S.R. and that didn’t work out so well,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “You cannot stop the tides from coming in. We need jobs in this city. It would be great if all jobs in the city paid a lot of money and had great benefits for the workers, not good for the employers, but if you force that, you will just drive businesses out of the city.”
But, while dismissing the bill with promises of a veto, Mr. Bloomberg said he hasn’t seen the bill yet and disregards Quinn’s incentive as her imagination.
The average cost for renting an apartment in Manhattan with no doorman, no frills whatsoever; just a space is:
One of Bloomberg’s homes (in South Hampton): $22,500 million. Bloomberg’s South Hampton residence is not his primary home.
“I will veto any bill. And if the veto is overridden–and there’s enough people that signed up on this bill I’m told so that they would be able to assuming everybody stayed in line, veto the bill–we certainly would go to court and sue,” Mr. Bloomberg said. “Whether we win or not, you never know.”
Of course, the billionaire mayor of New York City shouldn’t have to live in a studio, so don’t mistake this comparison – but as he proves time and time again, he cannot relate to the hardships of the middle class.
As if I needed another reason to dislike Mayor Bloomberg, he’s given me yet another.
H/T: my friend Jim Feig (To Bloomberg and West: Jim is not a Communist).