“Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose,” says … Mike Bloomberg?

posted at 7:26 pm on June 28, 2011 by Allahpundit

So saith the most notorious nanny-state municipal official in America. Can you guess which subject drove him to this rare moment of libertarian inspiration? If not, review Ed Driscoll’s long list of things the New York city council has considered banning in recent years and just use process of elimination.

Remember, this is a guy whose usual idea of a “compelling public purpose” is stopping poor people from drinking soda.

In voicing his support for same-sex marriage, Mayor Bloomberg has mentioned — and appeared with — his niece Rachel, who is lesbian. “It brings it home,” he told me on the phone this week, though he added that beyond his desire for her to have everything she wants in life, “Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose.” He sees no such purpose in blocking same-sex marriage.

I wonder if he recognizes the tension between that statement and his own previous attempts at micromanaging city residents’ health but doesn’t care, or if this is another case of Bloomy groovin’ on righteousness to the point where it blinds him to key facts. Remember the time he went on Stewart’s show to lecture opponents of the Ground Zero mosque about freedom of religion, and claimed he couldn’t understand why Americans would be more interested in where a mosque’s financing is coming from than, say, a synagogue’s? Any FBI agent in America could have explained that to him in 30 seconds, but then why should we expect any deep knowledge of counterterrorism from, er, the mayor of New York City?

Speaking of which, via JWF, here’s a new ad commissioned by Bloomberg about a very compelling public purpose. He’s pretty sharp on terror, it turns out, when it dovetails with his own pet policy interests. Coming soon, presumably: A Bloomberg ad calling for much stricter immigration policies to make sure jihadis can’t sneak in or overstay their visas. Compelling public purpose!

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Salty comment, Mike.

profitsbeard on June 28, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Can you please pass the salt…?

… Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on June 28, 2011 at 7:29 PM

Good Lord. Maybe someone should have told ATF. They really know how to arm terrorists….

sandee on June 28, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Excuse me sir, is that a sugary drink in your hand? Come with me, you’re under arrest.

However, if you want to marry the dude you are sharing a jail cell with, we can arrange it.

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

compelling

Like, say, from a dinner party

faraway on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

He’s jealous of the governor.

Schadenfreude on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

“Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose.”

Obvious Weiner envy

Roy Rogers on June 28, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Hypocrite!

OldEnglish on June 28, 2011 at 7:35 PM

The maggot in the Big Apple

Kini on June 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM

“Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose.”

Just make everything a compelling public purpose

Kini on June 28, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Did you just wake up AP?

tom0508 on June 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Someday, I would like to be rich enough to surround myself with people who will gladly humor me to the point where I can no longer tell when I am being a hypocritical idiot. What do you have to pay your sychophants these days?

cynccook on June 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM

“compelling public purpose”

“Compelling” to whom? The actual public?

Why…no silly rabbits!

Compelling to the bureaucrats and big government elites who “know better”

FU$#@! hack!

Opposite Day on June 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

He’s jealous of the governor.
Schadenfreude on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

He’s more powerful than the governor.

“He who controls the most people wins.”

-Pol Pot or Mark Twain (I forget which)

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Gays marrying? OK. Trans-fats in their wedding cake? Seize them!

Hollowpoint on June 28, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Hope you had the time of your life

Cuz, it’s ovah. According to the Left. Fight.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Maybe its time for you to vote with your feet Allah.

Lawdawg86 on June 28, 2011 at 7:42 PM

“When government accepts responsibility for people, then people no longer take responsibility for themselves.” –George Pataki

Perhaps Bloomberg could stand to listen to one of his predecessors, he doesn’t seem to find fewer compelling public purposes.

Speakup on June 28, 2011 at 7:43 PM

What do you have to pay your sychophants these days?

cynccook on June 28, 2011 at 7:39 PM

In NYC, salty snacks and soft drinks’ll do it.

profitsbeard on June 28, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Key West Reader on June 28, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Dear Gaia, don’t tell me you like that music? Do I need to link some Jethro Tull or SRV to get you back on the straight and narrow?

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Dear Gaia, don’t tell me you like that music? Do I need to link some Jethro Tull or SRV to get you back on the straight and narrow?

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:44 PM

I LOATHE this band. With all of my being. My son dipped his toe into it and I sat him down and alas! Green Day is a complete failure.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM

What is the compelling public reason behind the sham of allowing homosexuals to marry?

Tommy_G on June 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Beatles Revolt.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

David Harsanyi also pointed out the irony with Daddy Bloomberg on freedom.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 7:51 PM

I wish I could meet this dipstick and ask him if he realizes how much of a joke he is.

MadisonConservative on June 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM

So when it directly affects the needs and wants of his niece, it’s government overload.

But when it’s everyone else daring to use salt, or whatever…that’s a different story.

Nice work Bloomy. Keep em coming. Your side sounds more absurd every day, and all you have to do is open your mouths and speak.

capejasmine on June 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I wish I could meet this dipstick and ask him if he realizes how much of a joke he is.
MadisonConservative on June 28, 2011 at 7:52 PM

While you’re staring at his nosehairs; this guy has his nostrils further in the air than PBHO.

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Looking for internal consistency in a big gubbmint liberal is a fool’s errand.

Aquateen Hungerforce on June 28, 2011 at 7:58 PM

So salt is bad but sex prone to HIV/AIDS is good. Kind of like California, in that circumcision is bad but cutting off a penis is good.

Blue Collar Todd on June 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM

However, if you want to marry the dude you are sharing a jail cell with, we can arrange it.

Bishop on June 28, 2011 at 7:32 PM

Just don’t smoke after sex. And don’t use any Crisco either.

BacaDog on June 28, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Beatles Revolt.

Key West Reader on June 28, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Good vid, tho I prefer the faster version.

And here’s something in keeping with Bloomberg’s theme.

profitsbeard on June 28, 2011 at 8:11 PM

He just made a heck of a strong bid to take the “Lack of Self Awareness” trophy away from Blago.

MJBrutus on June 28, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Let’s just cut to the chase here!

Michael Bloomberg is a clown college reject and a complete buffoon.

pilamaye on June 28, 2011 at 8:12 PM

I would call Michael Bloomberg a liar to his face. For someone who’s determined he had the power to regulate salt, smoking, not only inside but outside, wants to tell restaurants what to serve, etc. this guy is little more than the Nanny State personified and he says this.

I agree with what he says, my problem with him is he feels he has the absolute right to determine what is a compelling public need. Well, sorry Michael, that’s too broad a definition and you’ve proven that.

Vote Republican and only be called a racist one more time.

bflat879 on June 28, 2011 at 8:16 PM

This is the guy who didn’t want election laws overturned in 2001 so Giuliani could run for a 3rd term. Yet Bloomberg gets City Council to overturn the laws so he could run for a 3rd term. Bloomberg is one big hypocrite.

RedRobin145 on June 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM

For a mayor who’s city hiring practices use race, as in whites to the back of the line, he can eff himself

Sonosam on June 28, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Shouldn’t Bloomberg be against gay marriage as it clearly promotes the spread of AIDS?

In fact, as the gay acceptance tour has progressed over the last few decades, so has AIDS. In fact, it was Dianne Feinstein’s insistance on keeping open gay San Francisco bath houses in the 1980′s that spread AIDS to untold numbers of people that died.

Freddy on June 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Mikey Bloomberg, liar and hypocrite!

GarandFan on June 28, 2011 at 8:36 PM

As long as it’s Bloomy or BarryO deciding what the compelling purpose is, it don’t hunt.

Robert17 on June 28, 2011 at 8:47 PM

I think it’s obvious that Bloomberg will run if Palin (maybe Bachmann?) is the nominee.

BocaJuniors on June 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

The big issue following the Bloomberg Administration is what to do with all those three foot podiums.

teacherman on June 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

“Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose,” says … Mike Bloomberg?

You just have to understand that anything Mike Bloomberg or any other Democrat wants is “a compelling public purpose.”

See, it makes perfect sense now.

RJL on June 28, 2011 at 10:13 PM

Well, that anti-gun ad was a complete lie as well. Can somebody point me to a gun show where I can go buy a fully automatic weapon? Without a background check?

On the other hand, that ad makes me remember that it has been a bit over a year since I’ve purchased a firearm. Maybe its time to start shopping.

AZfederalist on June 28, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Mark Steyn is as eloquent as ever.

Drained Brain on June 28, 2011 at 11:26 PM

You can marry a person of the same gender, but you can’t eat your own wedding cake without Bloomberg slapping it out of your hands.

Jim Treacher on June 29, 2011 at 7:53 AM

What a hypocrite!

lilium on June 29, 2011 at 9:23 AM

…a compelling public purpose.’ Like frisking a 95yo wheel chair bound woman who is dying of cancer? Yep, we’re all safer now.

Kissmygrits on June 29, 2011 at 9:43 AM

That statement would ideally function as the lib/left constitution.
Of course, “compelling public purpose” consists of ordering you to conform to everything in their political philosophy and belief system.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 29, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Just more proof that liberals think the government knows what is best for the people. A point that is seldom true, but libs are blind to it.

GFW on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Define compelling!

GFW on June 29, 2011 at 9:48 AM

“Government should not tell you what to do unless there’s a compelling public purpose,” says … Mike Bloomberg

That’s George Soros-level arrogance, especially when Bloomberg’s Soros-level arrogant behavior is weighed in.

I agree with the first part, but who is Bloomberg to determine what “compelling public purpose” IS or when it “should” be an act of government to “tell (us)” about it?

These arrogant Leftwingers.

Lourdes on June 29, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Just more proof that liberals think the government knows what is best for the people. A point that is seldom true, but libs are blind to it.

GFW on June 29, 2011 at 9:47 AM

It’s just another way for Bloomberg to lisp his way past acts of dictatorial rule and try to keep up his pretense that he’s a decent person.

Lourdes on June 29, 2011 at 10:49 AM

The big issue following the Bloomberg Administration is what to do with all those three foot podiums.

teacherman on June 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM

I can’t believe that ANYone EVER suggested Michael Bloomberg for the Presidency. Why not just nominate George Soros and get the destruction of the U.S. over quicker? Obama’s dragging his feet, we can’t see Bloomberg’s tiny feet but Soros might just fell the nation in one giant financial ripoff.

Seriously, why in the world would ANYone EVER consider this monster Nanny for the Presidency?

Lourdes on June 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM

When it comes to immorality and perversion liberals want the government OUT of your life. Everything else is fair game.

abcurtis on June 29, 2011 at 11:25 AM

What a tool. It just goes to show that even successful billionaires can be completely hypocritical morons.

jnelchef on June 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM