Billionaire Bloomberg Brags About Taxing Poor; ‘You Want To Pander To Those People?'
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It's quite remarkable that the Democratic Party claims to be so diverse, but the top three polling presidential candidates -- Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, and Bernie Sanders -- are all old and white.
And that number grew last week after liberal billionaire Michael Bloomberg announced that he will be jumping into the fray.
But soon after becoming the latest entry in the Democratic presidential race, previous comments made by the former New York mayor resurfaced.
As noted by the Washington Times, Bloomberg argued last year that higher taxes on the poor can force them to make better and healthier life choices.
“The question is do you want to pander to those people or do you want them to live longer,” Mr. Bloomberg said in April 2018.
He made the remarks in defense of regressive taxes, which are taxes applied uniformly and hit the poor harder, such as taxes on cigarettes or soft drinks.
“Yes they are [regressive],” Bloomberg said. “That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people who don’t have a lot of money. And so higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves.”
Bloomberg went on to explain how the higher taxes are good for the poor.
“I listen to people saying, ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so they can get an education and enjoy life. That’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do,” he said.
He later added, “There is just no question. If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example, they will drink less and there is just no question that full sugary drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things.”
He said not raising taxes on behavior that is unhealthy would be the same as continuing to use coal to ensure coal miners have jobs or going to war to give U.S. Army members “something to do.”
“The comparison is a life or a job, or taxes or life, which do you want to do? Take your poison,” Bloomberg added at the time.
Bloomberg's comments offer a perfect example of why voting for Democrats is against one's own best interests.
Getting "free stuff" and being dependent on the government won't teach anyone to become self-sufficient, work harder, and actually earn what they are given.