At first we–Susan, Patty, and I–thought this couldn’t possibly be Michael Bloomberg, just a totally awesome imitation. I mean, c’mon! Bloomberg would never say anything as baldly obvious as “Maybe I can make people behave!”
We looked it up, though–and holy cow, it really was Bloomberg! In 2006. Fourteen years ago. In 2006 he did this takeoff on Mary Poppins to, well, make light of his presidential prospects.
Thing is, that “make people behave” schtick is pure, unadulterated Bloomberg. He’s said it many times: use taxation as a means of behavior modification. The government should use taxes to encourage or deter certain behaviors. To “train” us, like Pavlov’s dogs. And what you don’t want to tax, you ban.
Mr. Bloomberg very, very much wants to “make people behave.”
He’s trying to sell himself to us as a… “moderate.”
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