Mayor Michael Bloomberg weighed in on Washington this morning on his radio show with John Gambling, and he didn’t like what he saw, at least what he saw yesterday when the 9/11 Health bill, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and the compromise on the Bush tax cuts all hit considerable road blocks.
“I thought it was really depressing yesterday,” the mayor said. “The Senate refused to pass the Zadroga bill and the House refused to pass the compromise bill which the president negotiated with the Republicans. There are some good things, some bad things but that’s what democracy is all about. It was not a good day yesterday for the country.”
The mayor was also asked about his big speech on Wednesday, and although he said it was mainly about jobs, he could not help but chide President Obama for failing to spur the economy.
“We need the administration, when they are out, trying to sell our products. The prime minister, president, whatever of the western European countries, they are out there selling Airbus airplanes. Every time they go visit some place. Our president and Congress, they should be out there selling Boeing airplanes. That creates a lot of jobs in this country. Selling American agricultural products, selling American IT products. We need immigration reform because here in New York City we need more immigrants to start more businesses.”
And the mayor weighed in the on tax-cut compromise which Democrats are stonewalling on in Congress. He is in favor.
“We need money. We have enormous deficits. Nobody should think that we shouldn’t find more ways to raise money and certainly the federal government got to control their expenses just like our state has to and our city has to and we can have a whole talk about that. But fundamentally I have said I would continue the tax cuts for a limited period of time, two years if that is what the president agreed to with the Republicans, that’s fine, simply because I don’t think at this point with the economy so fragile and we are trying to create jobs.”