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Michael Bloomberg is mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore. That's the gist of a sharply worded speech New York's mayor gave Wednesday attacking partisanship in Washington and calling for government to "chart a middle way" out of the ongoing recession.

Slamming lawmakers who revel in political posturing but offer no solutions, Bloomberg put forth an ambitious plan for stimulating the economy -- calling for tax cuts for business, better trade agreements, more funding for job training and fundamental changes to regulations, The New York Times reported.

"Last month, voters turned against Democrats in Washington for the same reason they turned against Republicans in 2006," the mayor told a group of city business leaders in Brooklyn. "Democrats now, and Republicans then, spent more time and energy conducting partisan warfare than forging centrist solutions to our toughest economic problems."

Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman and political independent, has been whispered about as a possible third party candidate for president. He has dismissed such rumors and did so again on Wednesday, telling
CBS News' Katie Couric he won't be a candidate in the coming presidential race.
"I'm not going to run for president, period," he said. "End of story."

But the The Washington Post said if Bloomberg does end up running, "his speech Wednesday may be seen as the first volley in the battle."

From the Post:

He attacked the "ideologues on the left" for clinging to the belief that taxing and spending can restore prosperity and for holding a government-knows-best approach to creating jobs. He attacked "ideologues on the right" for entrusting all faith in the free market and writing off any significant role for government in shaping the environment in which the economy can flourish. ...

Bloomberg identified the symptoms of dysfunctional politics: partisan gridlock, political pandering, legislative influence peddling, finger-pointing, blame games and endless attacks.

Centrist solutions to national problems, Bloomberg said, are the only way to keep the U.S. as a global superpower. "When did cooperation in government become treason?" he asked.

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What we have witnessed over recent years is the hijacking of political agendas by some greedy individuals obsessed with personal ambition. Extreme rhetoric is entertaining. It captures attention. However, it does NOT represent the views or opinions of the majority of Americans. It's like watching a train wreck or viral videos on the internet. They're amusing. If America is to get back on track to greatness, it will be a road paved with reason and sanity, not greed and self-promotion under the guise of righteousness. I hope intelligence and sanity eventually prevail.

December 09 2010 at 8:10 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

With NYC's massive deficit and poor employment numbers, Bloomberg needs to walk the talk he spews and get New York City's house in order before he chastizes the state and federal levels. Everyone with a brain knows that Bloomberg is pushing for a third party because the other two will have nothing to do with him and his self delusions of grandeure will not let him be content with ruining NYC only.

December 09 2010 at 3:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I agree with him, but Bloomberg's words are hollow since there is no way to force a centrist government except elections, and clearly America is deeply divided and our Congress will continue to reflect that. Independents can only do right by America when they start electing proven Independents and stop running back and forth between parties liie headless chickens.

December 08 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad, have to wait until January sir Boomberg.

December 08 2010 at 9:21 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

What Bloomberg is proposing is not new. Fareed Zakaria's articles and shows have proposed pathways for months now, and many experts have identified what steps need to be taken to move this country into a competitive position in the 21st century. It is one thing to stand on the sidelines and carp, but the big black hole of Washington is so corrupt that most of the elected members would also have to be replaced to make a difference. To create a unified movement that large would be very unlikely. Those in power do not want to relinquish it. There is one option that would create serious reform; and that is term limits for all offices. Third party candidates have historically distorted the balance of power to the detriment of the electorate.

December 08 2010 at 7:29 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

I hope we do have a strong Third Party option in 2012. Perhaps a younger Ross Perot- type who hasn't lived off the taxpayer dime for their entire career.

December 08 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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