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HORIST: Bloomberg exposes Democrat Hypocrisy

HORIST: Bloomberg exposes Democrat Hypocrisy

It is said that “everyone has their price” – that point where principles and morality can be overcome by money.  The self-funded campaign of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg may be proving that an entire political party has its price.

For generations, the Democratic Party has proffered the argument that there is too much money in politics.  All those millionaires and billionaires – and corporate America in general – have been corrupting the American political process with their money.  They “own” public officials.

While their claims have been overstated with exaggerated fearmongering, it has been the mantra of Democrats that money in politics is an inherent evil.  The most extreme class-warfare warrior is Vermont Senator – and current Democrat presidential frontrunner – Bernie Sanders.  Sanders has never met a millionaire or billionaire he does not hate — no matter that Bernie, himself, rose from poverty to millionaire status while in public service.

Now that Bloomberg has entered the scene with his billions and billions of dollars, the Democratic Party has hit mattress faster than a New York streetwalker at the sight of a c-note.

To launch his campaign for President, Bloomberg tapped into his billions to spend more money on early campaigns than any candidate in American history – more money than all the other 26 Democrats had spent combined.  He used the slickest of the slick image makers to craft a virtual reality image of the mayor – a noble image that many New Yorkers did not see in all those years he served as their mayor.

Knowing he had problems with his racist behavior in the past, he made a campaign-eve mea culpa that has all the credibility of a guy selling watches on the street corner.  Specifically, he was using his virtually unlimited wealth to re-write his own political history – specifically his racially biased enforcement of the stop and frisk policy he took to new levels of tough enforcement against black citizens without even the threshold of “probable cause.”

In the past, he called for locking up every black pot smoker.  By his own claim, he put “all” the cops in black neighborhoods because that is where “all” the crime takes place.  He encouraged his police to take essentially young black males and “shove them against the wall and frisk them.”

He now claims to be a changed man – and he has the money to prove it.  He seems to believe that he can overcome his lack of credibility by dangling money in front of everyone from the political activist to the news media.  If it were not for all that money being spent on advertising, it is more likely that the press would be exposing his past, his record and his hypocrisy on a daily basis.

Some of his paid political advisors were among the most outspoken critics of big money politicians.  Now they work for him making silly rationalizations as to why Bloomberg is different than the high-roller donors they excoriated just a few weeks ago.  They ridiculously claim that because he uses his billions, he does not have to take money from those other rich special-interest characters.  Good God!  HE IS ONE OF THOSE SPECIAL-INTEREST CHARACTERS.  The idea that he is absolved from listening to anyone else should horrify the electorate – and anyone who believes in dialogue in the democratic process.

Bloomberg lives out his money-makes-me-unaccountable proposition by refusing to engage in the traditional on-the-ground political process.  He avoids the debates.  As others compete and draw comparisons between their proposals and records, Bloomberg runs his ad.  As others hit the campaign trail to face voters in seemingly endless events and forms, Bloomberg runs his ads.  As others face the press on an almost daily basis, Bloomberg runs his ads.

Bloomberg spreads his wealth around to purchase favor and loyalty from individuals, civic organizations and other political candidates.  He solicits endorsements from those he funds and those who hope to get funds.  Bloomberg appears to benefit from pre-purchased endorsements – candidates and causes to which he donated in the past.  He knows that people tend to flock to folks who throw money around like it is candy in an Independence Day parade.

Even the Democratic National Committee changed the rules to accommodate Bloomberg – and hurt frontrunner Bernie Sanders – after Bloomberg gave a substantial donation – larger than he had ever given before.

To close his deal with the Democratic Party – exposing its hypocrisy regarding money and politics – the former mayor offered to spend billions of dollars on behalf of Democrat candidates and to defeat President Trump even if he, Bloomberg, is not the candidate.  There it is — that proverbial c-note being waved in front of Democrats who have long been critical of rich guys like Bloomberg – and the sound you hear is the Democratic leadership dropping to their knees.

So, there ‘tis.

About The Author

Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.


  1. David Barron

    Simply put Bloomberg is using his wealth in an attempt to buy the POTUS position regardless of the traditions, morals, or laws that have been set in place to guard against it. He does not attend any of the debates, he does not campaign except at well regulated and controlled meetings. What would he be like if he assumed the POTUS chair, he would do as he well pleased and cover his errors and missteps with money if pushed in a corner. This is a person that almost needs to be impeached before he commits a such of affront on the American Public as if we wait he will just grease the hands of those who caught him or conduct a Hillary action to stop any further talk about him. Bloomberg is not a normal person, he is an unchecked tyrant and would become an unapproachable and uncaring dictator. I don’t need to ask you to look at his internet and television ads, you can’t escape them, they are everywhere, choking the system with his complete lies and cover ups.

  2. Hambone

    Of course, democrat politicians are the biggest hypocrites and liars. That is all they know. That is all they do.

  3. Laura Wagner

    Hey, If he wants my vote, he can have it for 3 million dollars and I will stay bought unless he carries through on his threat of having Hillary as his running mate. In which case, he won’t live past his first year in office. Even Obama didn’t make that mistake.

    • Carol

      Agreed but I think Bloomberg is just the frontman and Obama will be running the show. His commercials are all featuring Obama. Both stand to make billions off the climate change farce.

  4. Diane

    Not in good taste. For shame….
    “Now that Bloomberg has entered the scene with his billions and billions of dollars, the Democratic Party has hit mattress faster than a New York streetwalker at the sight of a c-note.”

    I sometimes share your posts but not this one.
    Clean it up , Larry

    • Joe Gilbertson


  5. R. L. Cousins

    Did Mini-Mike go to Epstein’s Ranch or island ?