Twitter Bashes Bloomberg on 2018 Taxing Poor Comments

Twitter posters bashed billionaire and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday for comments made last year about taxing the poor to discourage them from smoking, consuming sugary drinks, or other activities that could endanger their lives.

“People say, ‘taxes are regressive,'” Bloomberg said during an April 2018 interview at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington. His comments were posted Wednesday on Twitter.

At the time, Bloomberg was the World Health Organization’s ambassador for noncommunicable diseases — and he explained how his Bloomberg Philanthropies charity contributed to efforts to prevent such ailments.

Bloomberg, as New York City’s mayor, was infamously known for proposing a ban on jumbo sugary drinks, which was later struck down by a New York State appellate court, and he later pumped $18 million into two successful California ballot initiatives on taxing heavily sweetened beverages.

“But in this case, yes they are,” Bloomberg told the IMF session about taxes. “That’s the good thing about them, because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money.

“Higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves.

“I listen to people say, ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor,” he continued.

“Well, we want the poor to live longer, so that they can get an education and enjoy life.

“That’s why you do want to do what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.

“The question is: Do you want to pander to those people, or do you want to get them to live longer?” Bloomberg said.

He applied similar analogies to coal miners and to U.S. Army servicemembers.

“But the comparison is a life or a job — or taxes or life,” Bloomberg concluded. “Which do you want to do? Take your poison.”

While Bloomberg’s comments received some applause from the D.C. crowd — and nearly 500 Twitter “likes” Wednesday — other posters were not so kind.

“Bc we all need @MikeBloomberg to micromanage our lives,” tweeted Jennifer Bragg. “Is this still the land of liberty??”

“Raise taxes to control behavior,” Peasant H said. “No thanks, Mikie, I can look out for myself.”

“Make the poor poorer, make the middle class poorer,” JoEllen tweeted, “because elites like Bloomberg truly believe they are superior to the rest of us and we were just put on Earth to serve them.”

Christina Champ simply tweeted, “scary.”

But one tweeter, Steven, posted, “He ain’t wrong.”

via newsmax


  1. Just what we need a President to micromanage Breakfast, lunch, an dinner monitor our habits and punish us for those that bother him.His solution is to tax the middle class and the poor, making stress the #1 threat to their health.

  2. No vote from me! No increases no Tax to Social Security! Protect our Constitution and the Amendments. The American people should be put first! Before Immigrants. Protect our elderly also many others as in our American Citizens,Police,Fireman,ICE,DoD,Veterans and Active Duty all that put their lives on the line in our Great Nation. Break up Voter Fraud that is occurring now. Put Federal Officers at the Voter Polls to keep illegal voting out of Elections” No Illegals have the right to vote or receive American Citizens Benefits. What are our Representives supporting our American Citizens . We can vote what’s right for this Country we do have a voice. We the people will vote for what’s best for our Country. No Representative should think for us. We need to stand tall as a Country and not stand for Tyranny in this Country.

  3. Sorry, Little Mikey, I don’t need you to tell me what to eat or what to drink, or which car to drive, or which movies to watch, which music to listen to…… I have to go now, I just made myself a HUGE Coke Float and I don’t want all the fizz to fizzle out.

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