Heckuva Job, Bloomie.

5 comments June 20th, 2006at 09:46am Posted by Eli

Good to see Mayor Bloomberg is fighting so tenaciously to protect his city…

Mayor Bloomberg had the opening he needed – just enough face time with President Bush yesterday so he could grill him about the city’s 40% slash in anti-terror funding.

Instead, Bloomberg blinked.

There were no tough questions when the two met briefly at Kennedy Airport – merely a handshake, some pleasantries and a courteous exchange about the city’s Homeland Security Department funding slight.

(snip)

“I did thank him for his efforts to make all homeland security moneys … distributed based on risk….

“And while I wish the pot was bigger, and that is something that he has some control over, then, it really gets down to the House and the Senate, and that’s where we’ve got to make our case,” Bloomberg said.

(snip)

Asked why the mayor didn’t ask the President to restore the 40% cut, Stu Loeser, his spokesman, said, “When the mayor raised the issue of distributing homeland security funding based on risk, it was clear exactly what the reference was.”

Bloomberg has previously said he has little expectation that the 40% cut will be restored.

(snip)

Bloomberg confirmed yesterday that he and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly received a classified report in 2003 about a terrorist plot to use homemade cyanide bombs in the city subways…. adding that the plot is evidence why New York needs a larger share of the homeland security budget.

Makes me want to move back right now, knowing that the city has such courageous and determined leadership.

Interestingly, there’s another Bloomberg quote in there where he basically says he’s trying to help the president out in his popularity slump, which suggests that he might want to call in a favor. But he doesn’t seem interested in actually doing so, except for a vague plea to make the pie higher. Strange.

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

5 Comments

  • 1. karmic_jay  |  June 20th, 2006 at 10:34 am

    Ofcourse bloomberg blinked! Good republican that he is.
    C’mon were you actually thinking he or any gooper has the balls to actually question dear leader?

  • 2. Eli  |  June 20th, 2006 at 11:32 am

    I don’t think that’s it, jay. Bloomberg is a fairly liberal Republican, while a wingnutty Republican like King has bashed Bush pretty hard on both this and the Dubai ports fiasco.

    This looks more some weird sort of passive fatalism to me.

  • 3. karmic_jay  |  June 20th, 2006 at 1:58 pm

    I am familiar with Bloomberg as fairly liberal. But may be it is all so cult like too isn’t it?

    Peter King is wingnutty? Did not know that, but then you may be more familiar with him. He seemed to come across as ok the few times on teevee that I saw him.

    Talking about the ports, did you notice that DP World still has control of US ports?

  • 4. Eli  |  June 20th, 2006 at 3:04 pm

    Maybe my recollection is faulty, or I’m thinking of someone with a similar name, but up until the ports issue, I remember him being a complete pig. One of the New Yorkers would probably have a better idea.

  • 5. four legs good  |  June 20th, 2006 at 11:17 pm

    Bloomberg is a pussy.


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