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You could have known that the term limits wouldn't survive even a single electoral round through a single set of incumbents. Bloomberg should not be allowed to run again, regardless of anything else.
Frankly, any politician, regardless of his popularity, needs to step aside after 8 years. Everyone has their faults and biases and for a good Democracy to work, top leaders need to step aside for the sole reason of letting someone else take the helm.
Over time politicians were out their ability to govern and become repressive to their dissenters. This was true of Guilliani, Koch, Teddy Roosevelt, and even George Washington.
There is plenty in the Bloomberg record that can stand a new voice. There is the Olympics and West side stadium plan, his failure to finish the WTC, his comment that the Twin Towers was nothing more than a sucking vacuum on NYC Real Estate prices for decades, the smoking ban, the MTA strike which he egged on from the sidelines and completely nonconstructive, his retarded Congestion Tax the outer boroughs scheme, and much more.
He's done some good and I have agreed with him at times and disagreed with him at times but now is the time for him to MOVE ON.
Maybe Deborah Glick shouldn't have rejected $354 million in federal funds and hundreds of millions more in recurring income by killing congestion pricing. Why should we listen to anything this woman says?
Talk about oligarchs, Russia's got nothing on New York City. Two billionaires calling the shots. Maybe we should start calling the Mayor Vladimir.
Maybe New York shouldn't have squandered more than $3 billion on two sports stadiums in one year.
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