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The Mike Bloomberg Legacy: 12 Years of Little Tyrannies in 2 Minutes!

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Ozymandias and the bite-me coalition

“My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!”


The top 10 wealthiest men and women in America barely have 250 billion dollars between them. That sounds like a lot of money, until you look at annual Federal budgets which run into the trillions of dollars, and the country’s national debt which approaches 15 trillion dollars. And that’s not taking into account state budgets. Even Rhode Island, the smallest state in the union, with a population of barely a million, has a multi-billion dollar budget.

As the 10th richest man in America, Michael Bloomberg wields a personal fortune of a mere 18 billion dollars, but as the Mayor of the City of New York, he disposes of an annual budget of 63 billion dollars. In a single year, he disposes of three times his own net worth. A sum that would wipe out the net worth of any billionaire in America. That is the difference between the wealth wielded by the 10th wealthiest man in America, and the mayor of a single city. And that is the real concentration of wealth. Not in the hands of individuals, but at every level of government, from the municipal to the state houses to the White House.

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Prohibition: 16 Results


When a law bans exchanges wanted by everyone directly involved a number of things happen:

1) The exchanges continue;
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15) The vast network of beneficiaries of the law applaud and lobby for its continuation, vilifying all opposition;

16) Everyone gets more and more discouraged and inclined to hate all humanity. This list is probably too short.
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It is not enough to simply ban exchanges that have consequences we don’t like. The costs of doing it should be compared with the costs of not doing it. Those costs usually dwarf the costs that would arise from unhindered transactions.

Prohibition: 16 Results


So we now have a politician directly dictating medical policy to doctors at city hospitals. Some of us have been raising red flags about [Philosopher King] Bloomberg’s ban on smoking in privately-owned bars and restaurants, his ban on trans-fats, the farcical ban on large soda sizes, and his other paternalistic policies for years now. This is what happens when government decides it should have the power to protect us from ourselves. Let’s be clear, here. This policy is going to cause needless suffering. People who genuinely, legitimately need pain medication aren’t going to be able to get it. And guess what? Addicts and thrill-seeking teenagers will find other ways to get high.

Since the announcement, I’ve seen some reaction on the Internet expressing hope that [Nanny] Blooomberg is afflicted with some chronic pain condition, so he’ll be able to feel firsthand the suffering he’s causing with this policy. I wouldn’t go that far, though I understand the sentiment. But that also misses an important component of this policy: It only applies to the city’s public hospitals. Which means it will largely be poor people who are forced to suffer pain that can easily be treated. If [Nurse] Bloomberg’s ever afflicted with long-term, chronic pain, he’ll certainly get all the medication he needs to be comfortable.

One telltale sign that we’ve entered a bona-fide drug war hysteria is when government officials start treating people suspected of abusing whatever drug is causing the latest mass case of the vapors not as human beings–as citizens with rights–but as an enemy.

New Victims In The War On Painkillers


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