3.15.2007

Bloomberg Speaks the Truth about Immigration, Education and Inequality

In New York Mayor Warns Against Growing Inequality in U.S. (NYTimes, 3.14.07), Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dead on in his remarks before a gathering of financial heavy weights to discuss the country's competitiveness problem.

Bloomberg staunchly defended open immigration and free trade. He said...

The things that we have to worry about is this protectionist movement that has reared its head again in this country and the anti-immigration movement, which will destroy our children’s future if we let it go unchecked.
The mayor’s most striking remarks were about economic inequality, as he voiced views not widely articulated by his fellow Republicans.

This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. It’s not politically viable; it’s not morally right; it’s just not going to happen.
Additionally, he blames “the abject failure of public education in this country” as a major cause of inequality, arguing that too many young people had not been given the skills essential for a technologically advanced economy.

Bloomberg clearly gets it!

It's no wonder a growing number of people are taking note of Bloomberg as a potential national leader.