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Commentary: Michael Bloomberg Candidacy a Huge Risk to Individual Liberty

By Tom Borelli originally published at Newsmax.com

Those worried about a tyrant occupying the White House in January 2021 must take a very close look at 2020 Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg.

Former New York City Mayor Bloomberg has a long history of using his enormous personal wealth and the boot of government to force individuals to conform to his will.

Make no mistake about it, Bloomberg represents a huge risk to individual liberty because he believes individual behavior must be controlled and he is not shy about his feelings.

Bloomberg is a big fan of raising taxes because of its regressive impact that preferentially targets the poor.

While speaking at an International Monetary Fund meeting in 2018, Bloomberg passionately promoted taxing the poor.

Bloomberg believes taxing the poor is a “good thing” because they “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.”

He followed up by justifying his tax strategy on what he perceives as the health benefits of reducing sales of sugar sweetened drinks.

Let that statement sink in for a moment; Bloomberg wants to push around the poor for their own good.

Reading between the lines, he thinks poor people are stupid, so they need to be controlled by a higher authority.

Keep in mind, Bloomberg really believes this twisted idea of behavior modification. His views were not caught on a hot mic whisper but on-stage at a conference.

Bloomberg really means what he says and his actions back his words. As New York City mayor, he tried to ban the purchase of large, sugar-sweetened sodas and he also leveraged his personal wealth to advance his war on sugar.

In the past, Bloomberg poured in millions of dollars to support sugar taxes in Philadelphia, Oakland, and San Francisco.

Naturally, the news organization named after the billionaire backs its founder’s views.

A Bloomberg editorial appeared the month after his appearance at the International Monetary Fund in 2018.

When you boil it down, Bloomberg’s low views of Americans match those of other high profile Democrats, such as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Without using the word deplorables to describe President Trump’s supporters like Clinton did during the 2016 presidential campaign, Bloomberg also looks down on the values, beliefs, and behaviors of hardworking Americans.

In a lot of ways, Bloomberg is actually more dangerous than Clinton.

The important difference between Clinton and Bloomberg is he’s not making policy statements that blow with the political winds. No, he actually believes what he says and more troubling is that he takes action by using his own money to force change.

Take coal mining jobs as an example.

Clinton said she wanted to put coal miners out of work but Bloomberg is actually doing it.

Bloomberg wants to eliminate every coal-fired power plant in the U.S. and slow down the use of natural gas in order to address climate change.

To make his wish a reality, Bloomberg promised to donate $500 million to the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign which engages in local action to close coal power plants.

As for the coal mining jobs, Bloomberg has the “let them eat cake” attitude — they will just have to find different jobs.

Natural gas is also in his cross-hairs. Bloomberg’s recently released climate change policy plans to eliminate the use of natural gas to generate electricity over time.

Gun ownership also bothers Bloomberg and you are just too stupid if you have one in your home.

In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Bloomberg expressed his feelings on gun ownership saying, “And if you want to have a gun in your house, I think you’re pretty stupid – particularly if you have kids – but I guess you have a right to do that.”

His reluctance to embrace our Second Amendment rights is a warning sign to gun owners just like the use of his wealth to promote gun control.

Everytown for Gun Safety is a gun control organization co-founded and funded by Bloomberg and it seeks to counter the NRA by pressuring elected officials to pass gun control laws. He kicked off the launch by giving the organization $50 million in 2014 and has given millions more since then.

Bloomberg’s history shows he is willing to use his wealth and government position to bend and shape Americans to his will.

Just imagine what Bloomberg would do if he had the power of the presidency.

Scary thought indeed.

Tom Borelli Ph.D. is a contributor to America’s Voice News and a TV and radio political commentator.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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