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Independent possibility for President:
Mike Bloomberg on the Issues

Mike Bloomberg on Abortion

  • Reproductive choice is a fundamental human right. (May 2006)

Mike Bloomberg on Budget & Economy

  • Turned NYCís $5 billion deficit into a $4 billion surplus. (Jun 2007)
  • Balanced $6B deficit with higher property taxes. (Oct 2005)

Mike Bloomberg on Civil Rights

  • Backs same-sex marriage. (Mar 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Corporations

  • Wooed Goldman Sachs to NYC with $1.65 billion in tax breaks. (Oct 2005)
  • Given $10M upon being fired from Salomon Brothers in 1981. (Aug 2001)

Mike Bloomberg on Crime

  • Educate prisoners: build more classrooms at Rikers Island. (Jan 2008)
  • Fewer homicides in NYC than any year on record. (Dec 2007)
  • Reduced murder rate by focusing on domestic violence. (Dec 2007)
  • Mandatory minimum sentencing for gun crimes. (Dec 2006)
  • Lock them up and throw away key, but no death penalty. (Dec 2005)

Mike Bloomberg on Drugs

  • You bet I smoked pot; and I enjoyed it. (Apr 2002)
  • NYPD will continue to vigorously enforce drug laws. (Apr 2002)

Mike Bloomberg on Education

  • Slash bureaucracy; reward principal & teacher excellence. (Jan 2008)
  • End the shameful practice of social promotion. (Jan 2008)
  • No more tinkering at margins: cut bureaucracy; add charters. (Jun 2007)
  • Replaced school board with direct mayoral control. (May 2007)
  • No social promotion; more after-school. (May 2007)
  • Strengthened cell-phone ban in city schools. (May 2007)
  • Focus on increasing high school graduation rates. (Apr 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Energy & Oil

  • US must set real and binding carbon reduction targets. (Feb 2008)
  • Reducing carbon output increases socio-economic well-being. (Feb 2008)
  • Cities are taking the lead on climate change. (Feb 2008)
  • While greenhouse gas pollution is free, it will be abundant. (Nov 2007)
  • PlaNYC: convert 13,000 taxis to hybrids or high-efficiency. (Nov 2007)
  • Direct charge over cap-and-trade, to raise cost of carbon. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduce NYC carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. (Jun 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Environment

  • Creative housing: deck over highways & build brownfields. (Apr 2007)
  • Clean up 7,600 acres of brownfields; build more parks. (Apr 2007)
  • Environmental justice: clean soot in poor neighborhoods. (Apr 2007)
  • $8 fee to enter NYC by car, to encourage mass transit. (Apr 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Families & Children

No stance on record.

Mike Bloomberg on Foreign Policy

  • Maintains mayoral office for UN relations, run by his sister. (Feb 2008)
  • Four trips abroad in first four months of 2007. (Apr 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Free Trade

  • Protectionist viewpoint has a heavy price to country. (Dec 2007)
  • Global economy isnít zero-sum game: US & China can both gain. (Dec 2007)
  • Staunchly for free trade and against protectionism. (Mar 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Government Reform

  • All presidential candidates should declare an issues matrix. (May 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Gun Control

  • Put the issue of illegal guns back on the national agenda. (Jan 2008)
  • 2nd Amendment doesnít prevent keeping guns from criminals. (Nov 2007)
  • Founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns. (May 2007)
  • Itís not about gun control, itís about crime control. (Apr 2007)
  • Sued New York City gun dealers to control guns. (Mar 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Health Care

  • Ban trans-fats and replace with fruit & vegetable vendors. (Jan 2008)
  • $2.5B trust fund for NYC future retireesí health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay-for-prevention towards goal of universal coverage. (Jun 2007)
  • Prioritize city healthcare on HIV, diabetes & hypertension. (May 2007)
  • Banned trans fats in NYC restaurants. (Apr 2007)
  • Smoking ban was a crusade of his mayoral administration. (Oct 2005)

Mike Bloomberg on Homeland Security

  • Use DNA and fingerprint technology for worker ID database. (May 2006)

Mike Bloomberg on Immigration

  • Normalize status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants. (May 2007)
  • Border controls fight natural forces of supply and demand. (May 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Jobs

  • Assist workers displaced by globalization. (Dec 2007)
  • Tariffs to protect jobs end up helping foreign competitors. (Dec 2007)
  • NYC jobs program caused lowest unemployment rate since 1976. (Apr 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Principles & Values

  • Offered independent ticket by Sen. Chuck Hagel (R, NE). (May 2007)
  • Will decide in early Ď08 on run as self-financed independent. (Mar 2007)
  • Acquisition of money inextricably tied to hard work. (Oct 2005)
  • Charitable giving based on ďWhere can I make a difference?Ē. (Oct 2005)
  • Started Bloomberg company after Salomon Bros. fired him. (Aug 2001)

Mike Bloomberg on Social Security

No stance on record.

Mike Bloomberg on Tax Reform

  • $400 property tax rebate to all homeowners. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised taxes on high-earners to incent municipal employees. (Jun 2007)
  • Raised property taxes 18% to pay off budget deficit. (Mar 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on War & Peace

  • Nobody wants war to continue, but what happens next? (May 2007)

Mike Bloomberg on Welfare & Poverty

  • Count poverty based on all costs, minus welfare assistance. (Dec 2007)
  • Opportunity NYC: cash transfer to break cycle of poverty. (Apr 2007)
  • Instituted $7.5B municipal affordable housing plan. (Mar 2007)