As a Republican hardliner, I hate it when a politician gets criticized for "being only for the wealthy," but in the case of New York City's Mayor Bloomberg, I have to agree that the criticism applies to him for several reasons
- NYC city government's poor performance after the blizzard in the boroughs outside of Manhattan.
- Bloomberg strongly disparaged the grassroots Tea Party http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/08/bloomberg-some-new-congress-people-cant-read/
- Bloomberg calling NYC a luxury product. http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/new_york_city_is_a_luxury_product_michael_bloomberg/ Manhattan, yes, the other 4 boroughs are ordinary. Manhattan alone in a combination of can't and won't help the other 4 boroughs get to full employment. The sad truth seems to be Manhattan companies would rather get the best person they can from another part of New York, or another state, or another country. So leading NYC from a Manhattan-centric vantage point as opposed to a NYC centric vantage point is a questionable premise.
- http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/06/national/main4780461.shtml NYC's middle class running away from New York. NYC's economy has been and is turning into an economy where you get the rich people and their $7/hour bitches.
I'm a capitalist, I realize the rich people earned their wealth and that they pay the majority of the taxes, but still there's gotta be a middle class for the sake of upward mobility!
It seems to me there are several ways NYC's problems can be fixed-
1) Throw out the illegal immigrants. Of course, this will never happen in liberal NYC but it would be an automatic job creator. People would be able to work no-experience-necessary jobs instead of having to explain to employers why they were out of work for so long.
2) Emphasis on government sponsored job training instead of government handouts.
3) Pro-reindustrialization policies.
Bloomberg isn't even a real Republican, he just became a republican right before his first term so he can have an easy primary. Other than that he is a leftist.