The New York Post reported that Bloomberg unleashed an obscenity-laden tirade on Gene Friedman, a taxi fleet owner, at a party before a New York Knicks game. Friedman unwisely decided to rib the mayor about a court case in which a judge struck down Bloomberg’s “Taxi of Tomorrow” plan, which would have replaced the city’s entire cab fleet with a Nissan-designed vehicle.
Bloomberg didn’t see the humor, and vowed to destroy Friedman and other taxi owners after his term expires in January. Friedman and other partygoers quoted Bloomberg as saying: “Come January 1st, when I am out of office, I am going to destroy your f–king industry.” Bloomberg then tried to have Friedman ejected, which failed because Friedman was a member of the club where the party was being held and the plutocrat anti-gunner was not.
Bloomberg has become what Theodore Roosevelt had in mind with his phrase “malefactors of great wealth, a few ruthless and domineering men whose wealth makes them peculiarly formidable because they hide behind the breastworks of corporate organization.” His Honor clearly intends to brook no disagreement whatever on any subject, and plans to use his billions to punish anyone who opposes him. Maybe it’s time for a gun owner/cab owner alliance.