Sunday, July 4, 2010

Bloomberg's Criticism of Court Damaging to Any Future in Politics - Wall St. Journal

Mike Bloomberg's bitterness at the unanimous NY State Appellate Court decision finding he broke the law in closing 19 schools is hardly surprising. But further coverage by the Wall Street Journal coverage explains how Bloomberg's extremist argument is damaging the reputation of the man who once sought the White House:

The mayor's remarks—denouncing a unanimous appellate court ruling that prevents his administration from closing the schools—offer a provocative glimpse at Mr. Bloomberg's perspective on the role of the judiciary and would undoubtedly be a lightning rod if he launched a bid for president.

Mr. Bloomberg, 68 years old, contemplated a White House bid in 2008 and there is widespread speculation that he still harbors such ambitions.

On his weekly radio show, the mayor conceded it's "probably true" that his administration "didn't comply" with the procedures required under law to close the schools, but he suggested the five-judge panel on the Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court should have looked at the bigger picture.

"We're playing with children's lives, not whether the I's are dotted and the T's are crossed," Mr. Bloomberg said. "They should look at the context of it, and for them to think, 'Well, you know, I'm just here to interpret the law,' that's not true. They are part of society."

The Journal cites criticism from several sources:

Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity, a conservative think tank based in Virginia, called the mayor's remarks "disturbing."

And Baruch College's Doug Muzzio:

"He's telling the judges that 'I am so right on the issue that your interpretation of the law doesn't matter. It's Bloomberg law. I am the philosopher king. I know best,'" Mr. Muzzio said. "It's outrageous, but characteristic of the mayor and his attitude."

The full article here in the Wall Street Journal.


Anonymous said...

The man has no shame.

NYC Educator said...

Great catch, Patrick. I don't usually read WSJ, so thanks for pointing that out.

Anonymous said...

Is he aware of the adages that describes how the U.S. and other democracies is supposed to work?

1. We are a government of laws, not men [and women].

2. No man [or woman] is above the law.

These ideas are enshrined in the due process clauses of our Constitution. Rules are not just for little people. In America, the rules are supposed to apply to those who govern as well as the governed. Although this ruling may not directly affect us all, we owe the appellate judges a great debt for having the courage to stand up and tell our leaders that they can not ignore the rules just because it is convenient to them.

Anonymous said...

Thank you. You do so much, it's amazing.

You may want to check out the Hechinger Report's article on community "anger at closing bad schools". It seems to completely miss every key point regarding the lawsuit and attempts to close schools en masse.

Here's the link:

Anonymous said...

The Hechinger Institute is supported in part by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation:

The institute is supported by a variety of private philanthropies, including the Joyce Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, Harold W. McGraw Jr., chairman emeritus of the McGraw-Hill Companies, the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Thanks to NYC Educator who searched their site.