Let’s Talk About Mike Bloomberg’s Republican Roots.
His financial history and publicly expressed views continue to reveal a lot about who he is.
Given the way he is using his money to buy his way up the national polls, I think it is critical for voters to be conscious of where the billionaire former New York City Mayor and democratic candidate Mike Bloomberg has spent his money in the past, as well as where he truly stands on key issues.
Alex Kotch of Commondreams writes:
“He may no longer be the Republican mayor who endorsed George W. Bush and hosted the Republican National Convention in 2004, but his financial support for the GOP continued through 2018.”
Less than two years ago, in June of 2018 the candidate we’re all told to rally around if he wins the nomination was hosting a high dollar fundraiser for Republican Congressman Peter King, almost immediately after pledging millions to Democratic candidates across the country.
As one might expect with a man like Bloomberg, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface.
Over the years, Mike Bloomberg helped flip and maintain control of the Republican Senate. Between 2012 and 2016, his exclusively funded Super PAC Independence USA which spent $10.1 million on Republican campaigns. After Bloomberg donated $250,000 to the PAC Americans For Responsible Solutions, they backed Maine’s Senator Susan Collins. Susan Collins, as we all know, was the one of the deciding votes in the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. In 2014, Politico reported that Mike Bloomberg gave $250,000 dollars to the Super PAC supporting Lindsay Graham’s re-election bid. Mr. Graham, as we all know, is one of Trump’s most ardent defenders and supporters.
Just today, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story discussing how Bloomberg spent millions to help re-elect Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey, in what they called “one of the most pivotal campaigns in the country in 2016”.
‘“It helped both operationally in terms of the money spent, but it also allowed Pat Toomey to use that endorsement to create a false impression that he’s a moderate,” said Mikus, a consultant who worked for Toomey’s Democratic opponent, Katie McGinty.”
In 2016, when Donald Trump was running for the Republican nomination and leading in the polls consistently throughout their primary process and serving as a clear indication of where the GOP was heading, Mike Bloomberg was spending millions to get a Republican re-elected in a key swing state.
Of course, it isn’t financial history alone that serves as a reminder of how deeply Republican Mr. Bloomberg is.
The man is on video tweeted out by Sam Finkelstein discussing how healthcare will bankrupt the nation unless we deny it to the elderly. In it, Bloomberg says:
“If you show up with cancer & you’re 95 years old, we should say…there’s no cure, we can’t do anything.”
It might have been a stretch and even unfair for me to call Pete Buttigieg a sociopath, but if that kind of statement doesn’t qualify as sociopathic then I don’t know what will.
Mr. Bloomberg also unsurprisingly appears to want to go after social security.
Nancy Altman and Linda Benesch at Commondreams reports that:
“Bloomberg has a long history of supporting cuts to Social Security, including raising the retirement age. He’s disparaged Social Security, one of the most popular and successful government programs in history, by comparing it to Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Bowles-Simpson austerity commission, which tried to jam through huge Social Security cuts behind closed doors…
The plan says that Bloomberg would “consider options for preserving and strengthening Social Security’s long-term finances, while maintaining and enhancing benefits for the neediest recipients.” Bloomberg does not specify what these “options” are. But what he doesn’t say speaks volumes.
Politicians that want to cut Social Security but don’t want to be held accountable at the ballot box think they can sound reasonable, while hiding their true views, by arguing that all options should be on the table. This is a cynical way of avoiding taking a public position. Moreover, it is a conservative dream to maintain benefits for the poorest Americans while slashing them for the middle class, transforming Social Security so that it’s no longer earned insurance.”
I find it ironic to say the least that conservative Democrats will chastise Bernie Sanders for not being a “true democrat” all the while either staying silent about or actively supporting Mr. Bloomberg’s involvement in the 2020 primary, considering how much he has done to actively oppose the party and many democratic values almost right up until he decided to run.
Is this really the man we want to entrust with the fate of the Democratic Party?