Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The bloom is off...

Any person who can build a business empire the likes of what Michael Bloomberg has done over the course of his career, can teach all of us a few lessons on the value of capitalism.  And, when that person transitions into public service in order to "give back to the community", the action is seen as admirable.

However, when the lessons being delivered from the public pulpit run counter to the tactics leveraged so well in the person's earlier capitalistic efforts, something is just not right.

Perhaps it's as Lord Acton said more than 100 years ago, "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely."

Why else would Bloomberg be pushing so far and so intrusively into people's live to first strive to ban large soft drink servings and now to suggest that the police go on strike until gun ownership is banned?

Yes, obesity is a problem among our population and yes, guns will sometimes be used for terribly destructive ends as was the case in the Colorado tragedy, but how does a former stellar capitalist turn so far away from the root principles that built his business, to believe he can now "rule" with such moral authority and validity?

Et tu Michael?


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