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Ear to the Ground

Matt Taibbi Tells Michael Bloomberg to Sex Himself

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Posted on Nov 3, 2011
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The Rolling Stone scribe has christened Tuesday’s mayor-on-mayor action, during which former New York boss Ed Koch and current Mayor Michael Bloomberg mixed it up over the financial crisis and Occupy Wall Street, Bloomberg’s “Marie Antoinette moment.”

Koch played the role of sensible populist (or maybe just someone who reads?) with lines like, “There’s something wrong with a kid who steals a bike going to jail and someone who steals millions paying a fine” and “What do you think they got fined for—schmutz on the sidewalk? ... They got fined because they abused their relationship with their clientele. And I want to see somebody—I want to see one of them, of a major corporation, punished criminally.”

Bloomberg, who has worked extremely hard to present himself as an independent politician rather than another billionaire opportunist hatched by the parasitic hive queen of Wall Street, showed his true colors by parroting last season’s Republican talking points. “It was not the banks that created the mortgage crisis. … It was, plain and simple, Congress who forced everybody to go and to give mortgages to people who were on the cusp” and who “pushed Fannie and Freddie to make a bunch of loans that were imprudent; they were the ones that pushed the banks to loan to everybody.”

This statement is beyond ridiculous, as Taibbi explains:

In order for this vision of history to be true, one would have to imagine that all of these banks were dragged, kicking and screaming, to the altar of home lending, forced against their will to create huge volumes of home loans for unqualified borrowers.

In fact, just the opposite was true. This was an orgiastic stampede of lending, undertaken with something very like bloodlust. Far from being dragged into poor neighborhoods and forced to give out home loans to jobless black folk, companies like Countrywide and New Century charged into suburbs and exurbs from coast to coast with the enthusiasm of Rwandan machete mobs, looking to create as many loans as they could.

Bloomberg went further to align himself with the 1 percent Tuesday night. Like former Sen. Phil Gramm, who spearheaded in Congress the deregulation of the financial sector and who, as co-chair of John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign dismissed Americans concerned with the worst financial collapse since the Great Depression as “a nation of whiners,” Bloomberg told Occupy Wall Streeters to quit complaining. Better to “be out there trying to change the world and make it better,” says the mayor, who probably wonders why the indebted, homeless masses camping out around the country don’t apply themselves and attend some banquet dinners.

It’s enough to make Taibbi throw up his hands: “Well, you know what, Mike Bloomberg? FUCK YOU. People are not protesting for their own entertainment, you asshole. They’re protesting because millions of people were robbed, by your best friends incidentally, and they want their money back.”

—Peter Z. Scheer

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By Spo101, November 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm Link to this comment
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Like I always tell my Conservative wacko friends: “this ain’t NO Tea Party… this is a full scale Class War and the Aristocrats are kicking the American PEOPLE’s butts”. They told us to “eat cake” so it’s our right to yell back : “off with their heads”!

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By berniem, November 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

This country is pursuing the same course as did late 18th century France and may find itself with 1% less of its population as such may end up with its collective heads in assorted baskets! FREE BRADLEY MANNING AND TIM DECHRISTOPHER- Now, before we have to!!!!!

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By Mr.S., November 5, 2011 at 8:49 am Link to this comment
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I have not visited America since Bush II’s second election.  I’ll return when you get your democracy back… Hurry, I’m over forty.

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By larrypsy, November 4, 2011 at 9:36 pm Link to this comment

I’m old Sinatra fan and not crazy about the music today but Matt Taibbi and other social columnists
keep me subscribing to Rolling Stone.

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By RayLan, November 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment

@gerard
By his own admission, Bloomberg is not a professional politician,  though he is playing politics - he’s primarily a billionaire business man with contempt for anyone whose net worth doesn’t sport at least 10 digits (rounded off to the nearest thousand)
And like all assholes with power he keeps the corporate status quo well entrenched and solid.

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By RayLan, November 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

Bloomberg is the poster child of corporate assholedom

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By j, November 4, 2011 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment
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i thought bloomberg made his money in radio
i guess anyone super successful these days is lumped into one dumb grouping
that everyone else can be jealous of

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By gerard, November 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm Link to this comment

Somebody please tell me how telling a politician (and from a safe distance, at that) to “fuck himself” is speaking truth to power?  Argh!

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By BrooklynDame, November 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

BIG thanks for the article, Matt!  Too bad there aren’t more people speaking truth
to power!
http://borderlessnewsandviews.com/

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By jdean, November 4, 2011 at 12:22 pm Link to this comment
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About time this crypto fascist was hauled out. Plutocrat or not Bloomberg (with Rudy’s prior help) has turned the NYPD into the East German Stasi. Just 10 minutes at Zucotti Park will reveal a myriad of techniques regularly used by the surveillance state. If amerikans don’t wake up to this they too are destined for a Berlin Wall that will keep them in.

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By darkcycle, November 4, 2011 at 8:58 am Link to this comment

Wow. That’s what I WANTED to say. Matt, I wanna buy you a beer!

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By bob zimway, November 4, 2011 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

Taibbi ridiculed 9/11 truthers in his Rolling Stone article, then the article was
pulled after a storm of protest. What was that all about? Anyone? Bueller?

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By caped amigo, November 4, 2011 at 7:21 am Link to this comment

Peter Scheer is my new best friend. My hero. Well spoken Peter. Your statement should be on the front page of the NY Times.

Bloomberg would be well-advised to limit his speaking engagements to Republican banquets in NYC only hotels.

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By RayLan, November 4, 2011 at 6:42 am Link to this comment

Get him Matt!!

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By GradyLeeHoward, November 4, 2011 at 6:01 am Link to this comment

Barack Obama IS George W. Bush in the same way that
Ashton Kutcher IS Charlie Sheen. It’s all a burlesque
for an audience that insists upon believing in an
imploded economy and fears change. When people get
out to Occupy they get amnesia for TV, and for
whores’race kabuki politics too. Do you understand
that game show hosts who throw their hands up at
silly rules and say, “They ain’t nothin’ I can do,
Miss Scarlet!” are only reading a script? When
Oligarch hands are squeezing your liver, you are a
puppet.

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By Observer, November 4, 2011 at 2:04 am Link to this comment
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Peter Z. Scheer and Matt Taibbi > said it all !
There is,and has been for some 20+years,something has gone fundamentally wrong in this country - and deliberately so.
Low-life Michael Bloomberg`s stupid comment only adds insult to injury and together with his recent directed assault on the OWS-protesters in NYC should make everyone realize that he is one of >the 1% that is without any sympathy for the 99% of the huddling masses in this country <.

As history has shown there is no use to expect any from these selfish,calculated people who uses the brutality of the misguided,idiotic police to do that dirty work for them,period.
The only language these people understand is what they reflect of themselves > cold resentment and equal brutality< and the answer to this is an old fashion > physical character adjustment <.

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By Doubtom, November 3, 2011 at 11:05 pm Link to this comment
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We need more outspoken heroes like Matt Taibi to tell it like it is.  The time for
politesse and civility is over!  The bastards that Taibi is addressing are impossible
to insult anyway.  More power to you Matt, you speak eloquently for most of us.

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By Zwyer, November 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm Link to this comment
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You wanna get that evil ol’ queen’s goat? Let’s call for an INTERNATIONAL
BOYCOTT of all tourism to NYC.

Seeing as how he loves tourists more that our actual citizens/residents, make no
mistake that even the THREAT of a tourism boycott would definitely get his panties
in a twist.

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By Robert Toll, November 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm Link to this comment
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This is pointless-We know how he feels.

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By Blueokie, November 3, 2011 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

Isn’t there a garbage scow leaving Staten Island for South Carolina that has room
for that festering, oozing, steaming pile of garbage “Mayor Mike”?

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By Ex New Yorker, November 3, 2011 at 6:46 pm Link to this comment
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Having lived in NY for 16 years, I am saddened by the Mayors comments and his NYPD felonious brutality.  I will not visit NY anytime soon to spend my money and I will spend my time elsewhere. Fuck You Bloomberg! Fuck you NYPD.  May you reap what you sow!

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By Robespierre115, November 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm Link to this comment

Be careful what you wish for Mr. Sock Puppet Mayor, maybe someday the protesters will put down the bongos and signs and realize that just asking the powers that be to behave is not enough, they might just take your advice and change the world by storming the Bastille and smashing you like the roach that you are.

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By YoungGringos, November 3, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment

About the 1% I can only say, “Let them eat shit.”

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By Silence is Complicity, November 3, 2011 at 4:08 pm Link to this comment

Yes, FUCK YOU ASSHOLE! This is the least that can be said about a FAT ZIONIST, who should be subjected to the law: “Where have you gotten all this wealth from?” And the answer should be clearly “Such wealth cannot be achieved but at the expense of the 99% hard workers of the land.”

Bloomberg is an example that American capitalism is the worst economic system there is!!!

I hope that Mike Taibbi, being a journalist of Arab background, will not pay high price for calling a spade a spade!!!

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