After preaching for years how the United States was losing the race to build high-speed rail, Mayor Bloomberg's frustration spilled over last year when he toured a high-tech train station in China and criticized the US system of government for "getting in the way of everything."I'll agree our government seems to get in the way of things, but he can blame his pal Obama and the regulation-obsessed Democrats for that. It's funny that he makes no mention of the billions we've poured into our rail systems over the years that results in more and more people driving on their own. Who's the blame for that?
Bloomberg made the remark to Esquire magazine reporter John Richardson, who tailed the mayor to a climate summit in China last year and wrote a lengthy profile of Bloomberg appearing in this month's issue.
"[Bloomberg] arrives at a platform with the feel of an interstellar docking station and returns to the sour preoccupation the Chinese trains have aroused in him," Richardson wrote.
The author then quoted the mayor as saying: "In America, the ultimate capitalist system, government is getting in the way of everything."
Seems the tiny tyrant, who's so fond of our system of government that he rewrote the rules to suit himself when it came to running for Mayor of New York City a third time, isn't too keen on our representatives and much prefers the Chinese.
"If you look at the U.S., you look at who we are electing to Congress, to the Senate, they can't read," Bloomberg told The Wall Street Journal while in Hong Kong for the C40 summit.
"I'll bet you a bunch of these people don't have passports. We're about to start a trade war with China if we're not careful here - only because nobody knows where China is. Nobody knows what China is."
Bloomberg, who went to Johns Hopkins and Harvard and has three private planes at his disposal, fancies himself an independent with business smarts.
But his blunt remarks - seemingly aimed at Republicans who picked up 61 House seats and six Senate spots in the midterm elections - had conservatives calling him an arrogant elitist.