Mike Bloomberg on Budget & Economy
Mayor of New York City (Independent)
He is skeptical of the ambitions of some other Democratic candidates to dramatically increase wealth redistribution, comparing the proposals of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren to Venezuelan economic policies.
He has previously referred to himself as a fiscal conservative and has long been a proponent of balanced budgets and spending restraint.
He is a critic of recent attempts to tighten financial regulation, calling the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act passed after the 2008 economic crisis a "stupid law" and arguing that its fines on big banks have been "outrageous." He also opposes proposals to break up "too big to fail" banks.
Though he made a show as mayor of riding the subways, he insisted during the great recession of 2008-2009 that the failed and irresponsible Wall Street executives deserved their extravagant bonuses. And he could startle a Brooklyn audience of recession-struck Caribbean immigrants by asking, to illustrate a bureaucratic problem, how many of them played golf.
But the practice seems to contain elements of guilt and strategy. The effect of Bloomberg’s personal largesse has been to shield him from being seen as a heartless budget-cutter, to buy off dissent. He also avoids angering friends who sit on cultural boards and the museum-going public whose votes he needs: See, I’m not really a Republican.
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