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Cringe video shows Bloomberg explain why taxing the poor will save them from themselves

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It’s no mystery that Michael Bloomberg is rich; Liz Warren and Bernie Sanders remind us of that all the time.

It’s also no secret that Bloomberg has an authoritarian streak a country mile wide.

In a video being recirculated from April 2018, the billionaire is seen explaining that when poor people are forced to pay taxes, they can no longer afford things that are bad for them, like junk food.

Twitter user “Rob O’Donnell” posted the video on November 28 to remind voters what kind of man “Nanny State Mayor Bloomberg” is.

“They say ‘taxes are regressive’ and in this case, yes they are – that’s what’s good about them,” Bloomberg is seen explaining. “Because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money, and so higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves.”

In case you missed that, that was a politician explaining that taxing people who are already struggling to stay afloat financially is a good thing because it controls their behavior.

But it gets better.

“So I listen to people saying ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life,” he says incredulously as if baffled by the fact that not everyone agrees with his point of view. “And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do. The question is: ‘Do you want to pander to those people, or do you want to get them to live longer?’ And there’s just no question, if you raise taxes on full, sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there’s just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity, and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.”

Taxing the poor – and junk food – will help them live longer? Well by Jove, it looks like Bloomberg has found the Fountain of Youth!

Or not.

Reaction on Twitter was quite decisive, as people don’t like having their behavior controlled by politicians:

 

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