So Bloomy endorses Obama. Unless you have absolutely no prior knowledge of the New York mayor, this should be no surprise in any way shape or form. Some like to remind that Bloomberg ran as a Republican. That’s true, and it’s because the Dems already had a candidate that year. That Bloomy ran as a Republican was always an opportunity thing, and never an ideology thing.
Bloomberg endorses Obama because Bloomberg and Obama share the same ideology. It’s OK if you like Bloomberg and his policies (well not really but more on that later), but chances are great that if you do, then you also like Obama too and agree with his policies. After all, these are birds of the same feather, their policies are irons shaped in the same forge.
Bloomberg is famous for his recent large soda ban; an idea that government is so all-knowing, so powerful, that it has the wisdom to dictate the very size of the drinks we choose to consume. He’s enacted several other government-driven efforts to legislate the amount of salt and fats in the foods we buy. None of these laws have helped even one citizen be healthier, because good health doesn’t originate from government, it comes from a personal choice to become more healthy. But in the minds of liberals who see government as the solution to all of our problems, these laws are interesting and novel experiments proving the good that government can do.
If that last part sounds familiar, it’s because it is. Obama shares the same ideology as Bloomy. No, Obama hasn’t proposed any limitations on the size of soft drinks, nor has he legislated fats or salt (though his wife is on a crusade to ensure the rest of us eat healthier than she and her husband do). However, the root of Bloomberg’s follies, the idea that government is the solution to our problems, is on display throughout Obama’s platform and his spoken words.
What’s astonishing about all of this is that so many New Yorkers really can’t stand the mayor, yet these same New Yorkers will assuredly vote en masse for his ideological doppelganger, Barack Obama. They are against the nanny state in practice, or when it directly affects them, but they support it fully in the abstract. Of course, the government takeover of your healthcare is hardly an abstract, but it’s not quite as in your face as telling you that you can’t have a little extra salt on your food if you so desire.
I watch the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, and see the endless, painful lines of New Yorkers just trying to get to work. A task made exponentially more difficult thanks to Bloomberg’s unreasonable dictates as to how many people can be in a car, and the resulting enforcement of which, causing hours-long lines on our bridges and tunnels. Driving around town (thankfully, I had filled up prior to the storm) and seeing all the mile-long lines in front of our gas stations, I wonder, if we had a mayor who understood the struggle it takes to commute into work day in and day out, even via automobile, would we be in the predicament we are in, four days after the storm? And if we had a president who actually viewed our fossil fuel infrastructure as the crucial component of day-to-day life that it actually is, might our country have been better prepared for the damage caused by Sandy?
Instead, we have a president who would rather sink billions on green energy vapor ware, and a mayor who views his job as dietician of the republic. So when a major storm hits, the best we can do is dispatch the government sanctioned militia, setup queues and let the common man wait for his bread and toilet paper.
Americans have a choice coming up this Tuesday: do we want an America led by people who want to regulate our salt intake and spend the national treasure on shaky investments that have little to no return for actual Americans in their actual day-to-day life? Do we want leaders who view government as the cure for our ills, who think those elected have a greater amount of wisdom than the people they lead? Or do we want leadership that understands that what makes America great is its people, and not its government? Important decisions await us next week. I implore you to make the right one.