Bloomberg will tax the poor so they can live longer and enjoy life

Carro

Because there's a correlation between regressive, nanny-state taxes and getting an education, "enjoying life' and living longer, according to Bloomberg. And obviously, the Sate must do the thinking for poor people, because they're too stupid and irresponsible to be left to their own devices when it comes to spending money.


At least some 2020 Dems are laying their dangerous ideologies bare for all to see. So to sum this up, taxes are good! They make you live longer. The government emptying your pockets is doing you a favor. As this writer summarizes, this is nothing more than class-based, hierarchical control of the lower class. It is targeting the poor and people of color.

Bloomberg will never get the "people of color" vote, so his candidacy is simply going to split the vote in the primary and guarantee Trump wins in the general.




"It is rare, if ever, that one hears taxes discussed as anything other than a hassle or a burdensome reality — or, at best, a civic responsibility.

For billionaire 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidate Michael Bloomberg, however, taxes are far more than that.

In fact, the former New York mayor seems to believe taxes are a sort of mystical life-giving force.

According to an interview with the International Monetary Fund, he also contends that one incredibly surprising segment of the American population would benefit dramatically from higher taxes: those living below the poverty line.

Bloomberg’s theory of success for such tax hikes?

Well, they would give the government more control over low-income Americans’ behavior.

“Some people say, ‘Well, taxes are regressive.’ But in this case, yes they are,” Bloomberg told Christine Lagarde, then-managing director of the IMF, in April 2018. “That’s the good thing about them 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.

“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.

“And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.”

“If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example,” Bloomberg added, “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.”

It is the honest contention of Forbes 2019 billionaires list‘s ninth-richest man in the world that “those people” living in poverty are “the problem” — and the solution is a system of taxation that gives the government de facto control over their everyday lives.

Now, let’s be frank: To wager the poor are so incapable of making good decisions that they need the government to artificially raise the prices of “luxuries” or unhealthy products to entirely inhibit bad decision-making is beyond ideologically dangerous.


This man is running for the Democratic nomination.

This man is running for president of the United States.

I cannot believe I am saying this, but at least self-professed socialists like Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts have enough faith in impoverished Americans to expect that, with a hand up from government, they too would be able to make a good life for their families.

And this is not to say those two have it right by any means.

But there is a glaring difference between the unconstitutional big government of a Sanders or a Warren and the Big Brother-esque control state Bloomberg is proposing.

An America in which the government radically redistributes wealth is one I never want to live in.

An America in which the government takes direct legal action to enforce class-based hierarchies by artificially raising prices to deny vast swathes of citizens basic products and experiences the state deems “bad for them” is a downright dystopia."

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Ziemia(6a)

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Opening sentence is incomplete - says nothing.

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queenmargo


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Ziemia(6a)

No link = "Trump Effect"?

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Ziemia(6a)

But please, please do what you can to trash Bloomberg.

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queenmargo

No link

Sure;)



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adoptedbyhounds

Bloomberg on higher taxes for the poor:

Well, they would give the government more control over low-income Americans’ behavior.


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lionheart_gw (USDA Zone 5A, Eastern NY)

Bloomberg has been a jerk for years. I see he hasn't changed at all. He has no chance of being liked enough to be taken seriously; most people are repulsed by his iron-fisted mentality.

It amazes me that he hasn't figured that out yet, but he's bored and what else is he going to do? Might as well join the fray. I don't expect much from him and don't consider him to be a serious contender in any way, shape, or form.

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haydayhayday

"Inside every "progressive" is a totalitarian screaming to be free."

He's the ONE CEO we need to run the Single Grocery Store!

Who needs all of us deciding what's good for us? What waste! One man does all of that for us and it frees the rest of us up to do more useful things with our lives.



Hay

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Ziemia(6a)

No member of society in North America has been totally free to decide what's good for them for hundreds and hundreds of years. Except maybe hermits and "hobos".

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margaritadina

Ziemia, your statement contradicts with the liberal ''be who you are!" slogan.

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arthurm2015(Micro-Climate, Zone 10b Sydney, Australia)

OK, I'l bite. It is 2019 and you have a problem.

Problem. An antique way of electing a president. The process seems to go on forever and the only positive this socialist from down under can see is that the very wealthy loosen their purse strings and put some money into the process and pay for rallies etc. Must benefit the economy.

I did read somewhere that the process is very "Democratic" and when you get the guy. or gal elected the antique system works because there is a talent pool derived from plus 300 million citizens, so the guy or gal can select the very best people to run the country.

As for the words liberal, socialist, they mean different things in the various versions of the English Language.

Example: The "right wing party" running Australia at the moment is the Liberal country party alliance.

Socialist: I'm not really one of them because I believe in the free enterprise system.

I've written before about the need for our our head of state to do only head of state stuff. There must be some good systems we can use when Queen Elizabeth passes on.

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Stan Areted

Well, arthur, since the world is not only using and benefiting from computer and internet technology, automobiles, great strides in medicine, drugs and life saving procedures, enjoying music and movies, eating grain and using fuel, and too many other gifts to the world and exports to name all from citizens in THIS capitalist country--and in fact the world now DEPENDS on the fruits resulting from our great society of opportunity here, I'll take a messier election than what you or anyone else has.

Sorry, seems to me an ungrateful peanut gallery.


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lurker111



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Ziemia(6a)

margaritadina - no it doesn't - for many, many reasons.

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Current Resident(z4 WI)

Re "Bloomberg will tax the poor so they can live longer and enjoy life"

So? Republicans tax the poor so they can live shorter and more miserable lives while the plutocrats get their tax cuts and govt subsidies and EPA and worker protections and social safety nets get tossed aside..

As most adults realize once they leave behind their starry eyed idealistic youth, often times in life the choice is between two less than perfect options. Better get used to it OP.

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lurker111

"Bloomberg will tax the poor so they can live longer and enjoy life"

Biden will let kids sit on his lap so they can pet his blonde leg hair...Oh my!!!

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