New York City’s multi-billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the ultimate social engineer. Not content to run our country’s biggest city, Mayor Mike is out to reshape human behavior. He’s gone after tobacco, sugared drinks, super-sized sodas and guns.
Now, like certain dogs, he’s chasing cars. And the result could cost New York, New Jersey and Connecticut motorists more in car insurance — or even make it more difficult for them to get.
Some of Bloomberg’s cockeyed crusades have merit, but he has also butted heads with more rational thinkers. The New York State Supreme Court blocked his plan to stop the sale of 32-ounce sodas in local stores. The International Olympic Committee nixed his bid to bring the games to New York. And his grandiose vision of a pro football stadium on the city’s already overcrowded west side never scored a touchdown.
But let’s give Mayor Mike his due. For a man often described as a “nanny stater,” he definitely knows how to play hardball. (continue reading…)