Bloomberg’s an oligarch – he’s used to getting what he wants because he’s rich.
threw money at winning bought the job of mayor of New York, and, after he had been mayor for a while and was bumping up against term limits in 2008, he campaigned to get the limit changed so he could remain in power a bit longer. That was successful.
The whole point of term limits is that a society is saying they’ve decided that nobody’s so great at a job that they deserve to hold it for life. Electing people to positions implies that, to some degree, office-holders are interchangeable. That’s a fact in a real democracy: there are always competent people waiting in the wings. When you don’t have term limits, you wind up with corrupt old fossils and living dinosaurs like Strom Thurmond and Nancy Pelosi, who would rather die than step out of the limelight.
So, Bloomberg joined Vladimir Putin and all the other oligarchs who were just having too damn much fun being the bigshot that they re-wrote the rules so they could hog the stage a bit longer.
But wait, there’s more: when he was done being mayor, he changed the law back. [nyt]
[This was in 2010]
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg thinks that being able to serve three terms in office is a good idea just not for anyone else.
On Monday, in an unexpected confession, Mr. Bloomberg said he wanted to reverse the changes to the city’s term-limits law, which he successfully campaigned for in 2008. Those changes are now the subject of a little-publicized ballot initiative on Election Day.
The mayor said he would vote to restore a limit of two terms, down from three, and to ban the City Council from rewriting the rule for sitting elected officials, closing a legislative loophole that Mr. Bloomberg exploited in his quest to remain in office beyond eight years. The results of the ballot initiative would not affect Mr. Bloomberg, but would affect his successors.
What a jerk. I hope Trump doesn’t hear about that because he’s going to want to do likewise or worse.