The chutzpah of Michael Bloomberg

There are just so, so many things wrong with this quote from Michael Bloomberg

But if he senses that he may not have as much time left as he would like, he has little doubt about what would await him at a Judgment Day. Pointing to his work on gun safety, obesity and smoking cessation, he said with a grin: “I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.”

First, the man is supposedly a Jew, yet he is envisioning the Christian heaven, complete with an unmentioned St. Peter waiting at the gate. Because gee, that’s what they teach you when you go to synagogue regularly. Oh. Wait. No it isn’t.

As to the rest, well, I saw this Forbes “Forbes Thought Of The Day” recently that perfectly enumerates what’s really wrong with Bloomberg.

“The truest characters of ignorance are vanity, and pride and arrogance.” — Samuel Butler

Oh, and the contxt for the Bloomberg quote? He’s going to spend $50 million to form a “grassroots” organization to combat the NRA.

Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association.

I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means. I think he’s actually looking for the word “astroturf”.

There is also a perfect example of the utter hypocrisy of the media and the left when it comes to conservatives and liberals spending money to push their favored political causes. Note that the Koch brothers have literally nothing to do with the NRA, and yet, the Times reporter drags their name into the article. Because Koch brothers! Influencing politics with their money!

The plans call for a restructuring of the gun control groups he funds, Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. They will be brought under one new umbrella group called Everytown for Gun Safety.

The strategy will focus not on sweeping federal restrictions to ban certain weapons, but instead will seek to expand the background check system for gun buyers both at the state and national levels.

The $50 million could be significant: In recent years, the N.R.A. has spent only $20 million annually on political activities. The political groups affiliated with the billionaire Koch brothers, who are seeking to help Republicans take over the Senate, have spent about $30 million in the last six months.

And oh yeah–Warren Buffett, another billionaire, is going to sit on the board. But Koch brothers! Influencing politics with their money!

The hypocrisy is strong in this one.

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