Bloomberg's Win Is Rockaway's Loss
Your commentary in Friday's paper regarding Mayor Bloomberg was right on target. It also surely seems that the Mayor has Rockaway as a target for himself in his upcoming quest for a third term.
During his first two terms this Democrat turned Republican turned independent and now wannabe Republican again has ignored Rockaway. Our local Republicans, if their signs at the St. Patrick's Parade and Councilman Ulrich's installation are to be believed, appear ready and willing to sell out principles for Bloomberg bucks. No matter that he's done nothing for the area. No matter that he's the guy who wanted to add more tolls to more bridges.
No matter, as Bloomberg said on Meet the Press on Sunday, that Obama's "going to be a great president" and that Timothy Geithner is "just the kind of guy" to be in charge of fixing the country's financial disaster.
Some Republicans are lining up against Obama's plans to put U.S. markets back on solid footing through bailouts and the whopping federal budget. Apparently not the Deacy/ Ulrich led Rockaway Republicans. They're getting right in bed with Bloomberg. Pete Stubben once called Jane Deacy Rockaway's own Sarah Palin in one of his posts on a blog. I think not. She and her Bloombergpraising pals are nothing more than sellouts. I'm reminded of one of my grandpa's usual comments about selling out. "When you take the King's shilling, you do the King's work."
I have no doubt that "King" Bloomberg will throw his bucks at Deacy and Ulrich. Rockaway will get some crumb they can point to. They'll hustle votes for him so Ulrich can get himself reelected. Then, like every other who sells his soul, he'll be in the pocket of the buyer. He'll be bought and paid for - for as long as he's a good little soldier.
The press reported that at Ulrich's swearing in ceremony Bloomberg made a comment to the effect that in the city all Democrats, Republicans, even Communists, work together. Considering some believe Obama's a Commie at heart, I don't think that was an accidental choice of words on Bloomberg's part. Despite all his party-changing, he really has no political identity crisis. He is and always has been a liberal.
He was setting the stage for his Obama support. He wants Obama's voters to vote for him in November right along with misguided Republicans. Rockaway should beware the gift horse. Bloomberg will give to get the votes, but in the long run Rockaway will lose.