US election 2020: Michael Bloomberg joins race for White House
None of the reports I’ve read mentions the only truly pertinent fact about this nasty little man: That, as mayor of New York City, he (and he personally) imposed a smoking ban on that city.
Nothing else matters. Nothing else that he has done in his miserable life is of any consequence beside that fact.
There are other people like this. Hawley Harvey Crippen is only remembered for one thing, and one thing only: that he murdered his wife. Everything else is irrelevant. Nothing else matters. You don’t need to know anything else about him.
Hawley Harvey Crippen was hanged at Pentonville prison on November 23, 1910, after unsuccessfully trying to flee by ship to America.
Michael Bloomberg has yet to be hanged. And he probably never will be.
And neither has Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is only memorable for having introduced a smoking ban in the White House during the presidency of her husband, Bill. Nothing else she’s done in her miserable life matters either.
Bloomberg said in March that he would not run for president but warned that the ultimate Democratic nominee should not take progressive policy positions that would “drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election.”
Anyone who introduces smoking bans anywhere is an extremist. It’s almost the very definition of extremism. And should Bloomberg manage to buy the presidency, it would be an extremist far more extreme than Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders or any of the other Democratic candidates who would occupy the White House.
Michael Bloomberg as President would probably impose a federal smoking ban on the USA, just like as mayor he imposed a smoking ban on New York City, more or less as an executive order.
Some people would say that Dr Crippen committed a crime far worse than Michael Bloomberg or Hillary Clinton ever did. They’d say that he was a murderer. He actually killed someone. No-one gets killed by smoking bans.
But I have a graveyard full of people who were killed by smoking bans. People who fell off roofs or balconies because they’d been driven onto them by smoking bans. Smoking bans push smokers to the margins of society where it’s easier for them to die. Smoking bans are essentially murderous in nature.
But is it only murder which justifies a death sentence? Plenty of people have been hanged for much less. People have been hanged for stealing horses, or stealing sheep.
When Dr Crippen murdered his wife, he deprived her of the remaining years of her life. Perhaps she was already dying, and he only deprived her of a few hours or days or weeks of not-so-precious and perhaps even extremely painful life.
But people can be deprived of their lives in other ways than murder. They are deprived of precious time when they get stuck in queues or traffic jams. They are deprived of precious time when they are robbed. They are deprived of precious time when they are injured in accidents, and break arms or legs. And they are deprived of precious time by smoking bans.
And the precious time that smokers are deprived of by smoking bans is all the hours that they could have had in the company of friends, laughing and talking, singing and dancing, and generally having A Really Good Time. Smoking bans prevent people from doing what they want to do, doing what they enjoy doing. And while antismokers like Michael Bloomberg and Hillary Clinton may not be murderers, they are most certainly killjoys.
How much joy did Bloomberg kill in New York City? He took away all the hours that smokers in New York would have spent in bars and cafes and restaurants. The population of New York City is about 8 million, and assuming 25% of them (2 million) were smokers, and each of them spent on average one hour a week in some smoky little bar, then Bloomberg’s smoking ban deprived them of a total of 2 million hours of happy pleasure per week, and a 104 million hours per year. With 8760 hours in a year, a lifetime of 70 years amounts to 613,200 hours. And so Bloomberg was personally responsible for the deaths of a 169 lifetimes ( 104 million divided by 613,200) of Good Times per year. And since he was in office as mayor from January 1, 2002 to December 31, 2013, and the smoking ban came into force on or about 1 April 2003, Michael Bloomberg was personally responsible for the equivalent of over 10 years of 169 deaths per year, or over 1700 deaths.
By contrast, Dr Crippen was responsible for taking a lot less than one single lifetime, and yet he was hanged for that crime. Is not Michael Bloomberg effectively a prolific serial killer, even if he has never personally killed anybody? Didn’t it all add up to mass death, even if nobody died?
And this isn’t even taking into account all the New Yorkers who were killed by the smoking ban when they fell off roofs and balconies, or fell out of windows, or tripped over in the dark, or froze outside.
Michael Bloomberg would probably claim in his defence that his smoking ban saved lives. What evidence might he have for that? Maybe there were indeed some lives saved. In fact, Dr Crippen quite probably saved a few lives in the course of his work as a doctor. Shouldn’t that have been taken into account at his trial?
I rest my case. Michael Bloomberg, I submit, is a far worse killer than Hawley Harvey Crippen ever was, even if there is not a drop of blood on his hands.