Monday, October 26, 2009

The Ugly Side of Michael Bloomberg - NYCIsNot4Sale

Here is one of the anti-Mayor Bloomberg TV ads that has been hitting the airwaves recently as part of CWA Local 1180’s $500,000 campaign to assist Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson by giving heft to his claim the mayor is an out-of-touch billionaire.

The union handed out “Bloomberg Bucks” at a rally that features a photo of the mayor wearing a (drawn-on) crown and read: “This note is legal tender for buying votes, third terms and the City of New York.”

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Why This Election Matters and What We Want

  • Mayor Bloomberg circumvented the will of the people, who voted twice to keep the term limits for Mayor at eight years
  • In fact, in the past Bloomberg had said that overturning the will of the people was “disgraceful”
  • The Mayor is out of touch with regular New Yorkers. He takes helicopters to play golf and attend concerts, owns homes on multiple continents and has grown four times wealthier in the past eight years, even while unemployment in the City is at a sixteen year high
  • New York City’s middle class cannot afford four more years of Bloomberg policies – New Yorker’s demand, in fact deserve, leadership whose interests are aligned with hard working New Yorker’s and not the Wall Street elite that were responsible for this mess in the first place - simply put, Mayor Bloomberg is out of touch with the middle class
  • Mayor Bloomberg is benefactor of the systematic deregulation of the financial services sector that led to an economic crisis not experienced since the Great Depression – Mayor Bloomberg’s interests are tied to the Wall Street elite NOT to NYC’s hard working middle class
  • Mayor Bloomberg undermined our faith in government by shifting the tax burden from the rich to the middle class and poor, while at the same time eliminating financial regulations designed to protect the average consumer
  • Mayor Bloomberg supports economic policies that favor the rich at the expense of the middle class and poor – Mayor Bloomberg must not be allowed to continue these same policies that will only further economic gap between the top 1% of Americans and the rest of us
  • Mayor Bloomberg “talks” about making improvements during his 3rd term but for whom are these improvements targeting? Not New York City’s middle class! As we speak, Mayor Bloomberg is demanding even more from our members – cuts to wages, cuts to benefits and cuts to our pensions
  • CWA Local 1180 members are hard working contributors as New York City government employees that have become collateral damage to Wall Street’s excesses and government’s failures
  • New York City jobs are what keep families and neighborhoods in all five boroughs stable but under Mayor Bloomberg, it will be the middle class, not the rich, that bear the brunt of the economic downturn – case in point, his demand that city workers agree to $350 million in healthcare benefit concessions.

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