Michal Bloomberg’s candor beats Jerry Brown’s candor — by a mile

Michal Bloomberg’s candor beats Jerry Brown’s candor — by a mile

bloombergJack Dean of the invaluable pensiontsunami.com website sent me a Politicker story about departing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s exit speech that Bloomberg plainly intended to be a historic demarcation of sorts. Bloomberg hammered home the theme that what left-wing politicians in New York have used their power to achieve has very little to do with the “progressive” agenda:

“Mayor Michael Bloomberg today took aim at the city’s rising pension and health costs, calling what he dubbed the ‘labor-electoral complex’ the most pressing threat to New York in the final major speech as mayor. …

“’Right now our country appears to be in the early stages of a growing fiscal crisis that, if nothing is done, will extract a terrible toll on the next generation,’ said Mr. Bloomberg. ‘It is one of the biggest threats facing cities because it is forcing government into a fiscal straight jacket that severely limits its ability to provide an effective social safety net and to invest in the next generation.’

“‘The costs of today’s benefits cannot be sustained for another generation–not without inflicting real harm on our citizens, on our children and our grandchildren,’ he added.”

Jerry Brown has never been this honest

What a contrast with California’s governor, who is enjoying the bizarre speculation that he might derail Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary. Brown has a reputation for candor. Yet he rarely talks candidly about who really runs the Golden State. The fact that union power is a big reason that poverty is at a 70-year high in California? Jer can’t be bothered to mention that, or even allude to it.

And while Brown did secure modest pension reforms in 2012, he didn’t do so while placing them in context — by explaining what was lost because of costly benefits. Bloomberg put the need for pension changes in context:

“Over the past 12 years, the mayor said, the city’s pension costs have soared from $1.5 billion to $8.2 billion – a nearly 500 percent increase – siphoning off $7 billion he argued could have been used to fund for more affordable housing, classrooms or tax cuts. And while many other cities require municipal employees to chip in for at least part of their health care costs, he said the city’s unions have remained frustratingly stubborn.

“’More and more mayors and governors in both political parties are asking across the country, which is the first real sign of a crack in the “labor-electoral complex” that has traditionally stymied reform,’ he said, dubbing a term aides said was a reference to President Dwight Eisenhower’s farewell address, in which the ex-president warned of the “military-industrial complex.'” …

“’We need them to look ahead and to address the needs of tomorrow instead of being prisoners to the labor contracts of yesteryear. Simply put, our pension and health care system must be modernized to be sustained,’” he added, vowing to continue to work on the issue after he leaves office.

“Mr. Bloomberg ended by urging Mr. de Blasio to follow in his recent footsteps and refuse any new labor contract that includes salary increases unless it comes with lower benefits payments–arguing that his successor will have unique leverage over the city’s unions.”

Mayor will be libertarian icon — albeit a deeply flawed one

200px-TheSimulacra(1stEd)Like just about every libertarian I know, I’m torn by Bloomberg. His nanny-state activism and his love of eminent domain are appalling.

Nevertheless, given his success as NYC mayor, his emphasis on the importance and primacy of the private sector in improving quality of life and his emphasis on government efficiency are going to pay dividends for believers in liberty for decades to come.

So it amounts to one final bon-bon that in his farewell speech, Bloomberg reminded Californians of what a truly blunt government executive sounds like — not a media-savvy simulacrum like Jerry Brown.


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  1. billyBS
    billyBS 19 December, 2013, 09:10

    No admirier of Mr Blomberg, but there is no comparison with a pure politician. Brown couldn t run a busineess if it was it was a sidewalk lemonade stand. Steinberg, Perez, all fit the same bill. they wouldn t last probation working in a Blomberg run company. The last two probably couldn t get past the background check.

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  2. Dyspeptic
    Dyspeptic 19 December, 2013, 11:27

    “Jerry Brown has never been this honest”

    Of course Jerry is an active and ambitious politician so the truth is naturally anathema to him. If the meddlesome and obnoxious Mayor Bloomturd had any real courage or integrity he would have given this speech on election night twelve years ago.

    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest the groin of both men.

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  3. Steve Mehlman
    Steve Mehlman 19 December, 2013, 11:38

    Of course Governor Brown is running the 9th largest economy in the world. But that doesn’t count for anything with bs and dyspeptic because it isn’t a “private” business. And of course these two have no problem with “pure” politicians like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Any politician on the Rabid Right gets a pass, eh?

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  4. Rex the Wonderdog!
    Rex the Wonderdog! 19 December, 2013, 15:06

    Of course Governor Brown is running the 9th largest economy in the world

    He is running it alright, running it into the ground with sky high taxes and HS educated gov trough feeding cops and firewhiners earning more than medical doctors.

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    • alan
      alan 20 December, 2013, 09:34

      you are correct in your statement.. you could add teacher college educated teachers. Anyone who went to college would know the difference between an engineering degree and a math teaching degree is about the difference between the Wimbledon champ and the guy who won the town tennis tournament. Some say a teacher should make as much as a doctor as they both have “advanced degrees”..

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  5. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 19 December, 2013, 16:31

    The only reason Bloomberg has become worried about the pension debt is because he knows that debt will eventually implode the nation’s financial system and take his billion’s in net worth with it. He’ll throw the public employees under the bus in a NYC minute if it means saving his own net worth.

    Otherwise Bloomberg has created a virtual police state in NYC. He outlaws smoking (w/e-cigarettes about to get added) in bars, outlaws big gulp sodas, outlaws trans fats, drives the price of a pack of cigarettes over $14 creating a bootlegger market, allows cops to stop and frisk people at will without ‘reasonable suspicion’, etc…..

    No idea why the New Yorkers put up with this form of fascism in their city. I thought New Yorkers had more pride in their city than that.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 19 December, 2013, 23:16

      LetitCollapse, quite a few that reside in NYC don’t even know what the Constitution is or their rights as a citizen, since a large proportion are not even supposed to be in the country. 🙂

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      • LetitCollapse
        LetitCollapse 19 December, 2013, 23:52

        I know what you mean, Donkey. They used to come through Ellis Island. Now they just walk across the border and nobody kicks them out. Have you ever taken the tour of Ellis Island? Fascinating. Those were back in the days when we were actually selective about who we let into the country. Today the oligarchs have opened up the gates and let anyone with 2 legs and a pulse come in. And then we pay for their health care and education and give them dirver’s licenses. lol. They must really think we’re a bunch of idiots.

        When I spoke of New Yorkers having pride in their city I meant those with generational ties to the city. NYC used to be a great place to go for a good time. Like back in the days of Guy Lombardo. Today you can’t even have a lousy cigarette with a beer in a pub without some cop getting in your face. lol. No idea why the old timers in NYC put up with it. They’ve ruined the culture of their city.

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  6. billyBS
    billyBS 20 December, 2013, 10:54

    Alan, The logic you mention drives the pay scale among the vermin that are employed by the state of California upper education system.

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    NTHEOC 20 December, 2013, 16:27

    Rex says,
    He is running it alright, running it into the ground with sky high taxes and HS educated gov trough feeding cops and firewhiners earning more than medical doctors.
    California is BOOMING once again!!!!! Only the doomers are crying!! Love my [email protected]!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • eck
      eck 20 December, 2013, 20:07

      You’re on something, I’m sure – seek professional help. We’re not “booming” by any means. Doing better than recently, yes. Employment is terrible. Much of the increased revenue comes from capital gains (watch that evaporate) and tends to be transitory. The long term outlook is dismal (say “pension obligations”), only public employees (parasites in my book) have anything rosy in their future (but maybe not for long).

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      • Tough Love
        Tough Love 22 December, 2013, 16:40

        Don’t let him grate on you. He just loves beating his drum at how he and his ilk suckered the Taxpayers.

        Well, unless he’s quite old, the Taxpayers may yet have the last laugh (at some point, the MATH will catch up with CalPERS skullduggery) …. and oh how pleasurable that will be in HIS case.

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    NTHEOC 22 December, 2013, 23:34

    Total CalPERS Fund
    Market Value
    Reflects market value, as of market close on 12/19/2013.
    $278.2 Billion
    Lol!!!!! Hahahahhaha doomers! Oh yes, I love Mr Math!!!! California is BOOMING once again people, real estate is off the hook and going strong,construction is up, new car sales have hit record levels they haven’t seen in the past decade!!! Quik, back to the basement chicken little anti pension soldiers,THE SKY IS FALLING on you teabaggers!!!!!!

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