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.
“When we raise taxes on the poor, it’s good because then the poor will live longer because they can’t afford as many things that kill them.”
~Nanny State Mayor Bloomberg pic.twitter.com/23p443ieg4
— Rob O’Donnell (@odonnell_r) November 28, 2019
“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!
Reaction on Twitter was quite decisive, as people don’t like having their behavior controlled by politicians:
Yes. He’ll tax them so hard they won’t be able to afford soda, yet somehow they’ll magically afford rent, clothes and all that.
What a Mr. Burns.
— Rachel ???? (@RaychelTania) November 28, 2019
Bloomberg argues the poor will be more physically fit when you raise tax on them which forces them to work harder and live longer as a slave. A very evil guy, he is.
— Lincoln McCain Lee (@LincolnMccain) November 28, 2019
The government telling people how to live. Sounds like Communism to me. We don’t need him in office!
— Grandma Patriot (@06Grandkids) November 28, 2019
Pretty elitist thing to say!
— kioman (@kioman) November 28, 2019
NOW THIS GUY IS A DICTATOR! See the difference? @POTUS believes tax break ur money is urs! #Bloomberg2020 wants to tax, take ur money and still tell u how to spend what little money u have! #Democrats
— Grace Vasquez (@itsYourGrace) November 28, 2019
All these narcissistic liberals are superficially “smart” but as dense as a cement slabs when it comes to self-awareness, depth, meaning, big picture type thinking. It’s astounding.
P.S. The one in the yellow… ?? Is that a S(HIM), too? This is a confusing time to be alive.
— Chesley J. Dohl (@chesleydohl) November 29, 2019
My translation of what Bloomberg said: “Taxes aren’t just for revenue. Taxes are a means of control. So we’ve got to tax poor people in order to control them. We do this to help them.”
Is it possible he meant something else? If so, I’d love to hear alternative interpretations. https://t.co/FGBIi6a0BC
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 29, 2019
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