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‘Draft Bloomberg’ Movement Gaining Momentum … On Wall Street

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) ormer NY mayor Michael Bloomberg has been receiving phone calls from his Wall Street pals over the summer, according to the NY Times, asking him to run for president.

Bill Ackman, who’s been probed by the FBI for Herbalife stock manipulation (he allegedly tried to ruin the company’s name so he could short its stock), declared at a Bloomberg Markets conference, “He’s all the best of Trump without the worst of Trump,” and, “I would do everything in my power to get this guy elected,” plus a joke about how much the whole thing should cost: “It’s just one quarter’s dividend.”

In September, political consultant Ian Bremmer tweeted: “Word from those that know: Mike Bloomberg now seriously considering Independent run.” To which Bloomberg replied: “Not going to happen.”

“The more uncertain the electoral outlook grows, the more likely it is that people, particularly with money, are going to be talking about Mr Bloomberg running for the White House,” Gary Silverman wrote in the Financial Times. “It happened during the 2008 campaign season when the US was poised to replace a two-term president, George W. Bush, and it is happening again today as the race to succeed Barack Obama gains pace.”

According to Andrew Ross Sorkin, writing for the Times, fat cat Democrats are concerned that Hillary Clinton, egged on by her competitor, Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, is moving too far to the left on business, regulations and taxes. At the same time, fat cat Republicans are afraid their man, Jeb Bush, is not going anywhere, overshadowed as he is by Donald Trump.

Things have gotten so bad for the moneyed elite, that Rupert Murdoch, not a big fan of the former mayor, tweeted: “With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it’s time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor.”

In other words, the only possible contender who is both acceptable to Wall Street and can beat Trump is Michael Bloomberg.

Ross Sorkin cites one important source who doesn’t believes Bloomberg, 73, the “short, Jewish, divorced billionaire” can be president—Michael Bloomberg himself, who has told friends he can’t run as a Republican—he’s a sworn anti-gun and global warming believer, not the stuff the party of Lincoln is supporting these days. But he also doesn’t think he can run as a Democrat, on account of his being a billionaire—his wealth as of 2015 is estimated at $39 billion (Trump only has $4 billion). And he can’t run as an Independent because, in America, Independent candidates don’t win presidencies. That’s not what the experts are saying, it’s what Michael Bloomberg told New York Magazine in 2013: “I am 100 percent convinced that you cannot in this country win an election unless you are the nominee of one of the two major parties.”

John Fund noted in the National Review that all the hype surrounding the emerging “draft Bloomberg” efforts by the folks who really do “occupy Wall Street” has had “positive side effects. Without spending more than pocket change for polls and research, Bloomberg got magazine cover stories, TV news profiles, and an endless stream of media coverage.”

Bloomberg was the first recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, a.k.a. the “Jewish Nobel Prize.” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented him with the award at a ceremony in Jerusalem in May, 2013. The award, established by a charity founded by Russian Jewish billionaires, honors “exceptional people whose values and achievements will inspire the next generations of Jews.”

Pro-gun advocates who are also pro-Israel would have to choose between their two loves: Bloomberg is a great supporter of Israel and also has been the most outspoken leader of the movement to curb illegal gun use in America. If you thought President Obama was conspiring to take away your unregistered guns — with Bloomberg you can be sure. Bloomberg has been using his money to support two organizations: Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, which merged two years ago. He has been lobbying mayors and police chiefs across America.

“We started this movement as just 15 mayors committed to protecting our cities – and we’ve since been joined by more than 1,000 mayors and more than 1.5 million Americans from big cities, small towns, and all different walks of life,” Michael Bloomberg said in a statement back in 2013. “Gun violence is, unfortunately, an issue that affects every community, and coming together with Moms Demand Action today will strengthen our efforts to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals and save lives.”

On the other hand, in the summer of 2014, just hours after the US Federal Aviation Administration prohibited domestic airlines from flying to Tel Aviv because of the Gaza war, Bloomberg hitched a flight to Ben Gurion and touted the security of visitors to the Jewish State. The FAA lifted its ban after Bloomberg published an article titled “Why I Flew to Israel.”

“Hamas would like nothing more than to close down Ben-Gurion, isolating Israel from the international community and seriously damaging its economy,” went Bloomberg’s piece. “By prohibiting US carriers from flying into Ben-Gurion, the FAA handed Hamas a significant victory — one that the group will undoubtedly attempt to repeat. The FAA has, regrettably, succeeded only in emboldening Hamas.”

The mayor added: “In times of crisis, acting out of an abundance of caution can be prudent. But closing down access to major infrastructure networks in the face of terrorist threats can be self-defeating.”

Which led, naturally to Bloomberg’s touting of one of his signature achievements, the recovery of the battered city he received from his predecessor, Rudy Giuliani. “This was something I learned as mayor of New York City. After terrorists tried to detonate a car bomb in Times Square, I went to a restaurant there the following evening for dinner — and invited the world to join me. When terrorist plots to attack the city’s subway emerged, as they would from time to time, I made sure to be seen riding it to work, as usual — and encouraged New Yorkers to keep doing so as well. And we responded to the devastating aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks by opening the streets of Lower Manhattan as quickly as we possibly could.”

All things considered, and given enough coaxing, nay, pleading, from his fellow billionaires, that last paragraph could be the foundation of a great presidential stump speech.

100 People Pay $33,000 To Meet Obama At Las Vegas Jews’ Home

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

President Barack Obama turned up at the home of Las Vegas Sun newspaper owners Brian and Myra Greenspun Monday night, where 104 people each shelled out $33,400 for the privilege.

Greenspun, who was a college classmate of Bill Clinton, is a longtime backer of President Obama and boosted the fundraiser for the state’s Democratic party, Politico reported.

Retiring Sen. Harry Reid asked the president to show up to help pump cash into the campaign for former Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto to replace Reid in the Senate.

Greenspun took over the paper from his father Hank, who  conducted secret missions to transport military equipment to Israel during the War for Independence.

Hillary, Bernie, Endorse Iran Deal as Republican Presidential Candidates Vow to Re-Impose Sanctions If Elected

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

(JNi.media) Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced the Iran nuclear deal “is worthy of support,” Reuters reported, citing House Democrats Earl Blumenauer and Brad Sherman. In fact, according to the sources, she believes “it puts us in a potentially stronger position.”

Politico’s Michael Crowley recalled Tuesday the 2008 presidential campaign, in which Obama said he would meet with Iran’s leader without preconditions, and Hillary called him “reckless and naïve.”

“I thought that was irresponsible and frankly naive,” Clinton the Iowa Quad-City Times in July, 2007.

In a debate in Charleston, SC, Obama was asked by a questioner via YouTube if he would be willing to meet without precondition, in his first year as president, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea.

“I would,” he responded.

Two down, three to go.

Clinton said she would not. “I don’t want to be used for propaganda purposes,” she said, adding that she would first send out envoys to test the waters.

What a difference eight years make—four of which Obama was her boss.

Hillary’s main competitor for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders, twieeted:

“The #IranDeal is a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling and could keep us from being drawn into another never-ending war.”

He’s actually right, should Iran attain its nuclear bombs behind the shield of this deal, the ensuing war would not be the never-ending, but the really-quickly-ending kind.

The Republican presidential candidates were busy competing who would vilify the deal more.

Lindsey Graham told Bloomberg:

“If the initial reports regarding the details of this deal hold true, there’s no way as president of the United States I would honor this deal. It’s incredibly dangerous for our national security, and it’s akin to declaring war on Sunni Arabs and Israel by the P5+1, because it ensures their primary antagonist, Iran, will become a nuclear power, and allows them to rearm conventionally.”

Say what you will, the man knows his Middle East politics.

A president who wants to kill the deal can use his or her (should Carly Fiorina win) executive authority to re-impose the suspended US sanctions on Iran and to withdraw from the organizations involved in implementing the agreement.

It would anger the entire world, naturally, and it’s likely no one would support such a move, leaving those renewed sanctions quite toothless.

Scott Walker released a statement that could have been written by the same guy who writes PM Netanyahu’s tweets:

“President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran will be remembered as one of America’s worst diplomatic failures … the deal rewards the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with a massive financial windfall, which Iran will use to further threaten our interests and key allies, especially Israel.”

Chris Christie released a statement:

“The president is playing a dangerous game with our national security, and the deal as structured will lead to a nuclear Iran and, then, a nuclearized Middle East. The deal threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, and it turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head.”

Mike Huckabee moralized on Twitter:

“Shame on the Obama admin for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to ‘wipe Israel off the map.’”

And Marco Rubio said in a statement:

“I have said from the beginning of this process that I would not support a deal with Iran that allows the mullahs to retain the ability to develop nuclear weapons, threaten Israel, and continue their regional expansionism and support for terrorism.”

The deal also gives the mullahs a lot of mullah. $80 billion, give or take. They’ve already collected $19 billion in their assets abroad as incentives during the talks.

Ted Cruz Calls for Financial Boycott of Universities Backing BDS Israel

Saturday, May 30th, 2015

Ted Cruz has revved up his campaign to win the Republican nomination for the 2016 presidential elections with a speech calling for the government to cut off funds from universities supporting the Boycott Israel (BDS) movement.

He said at an event, attended by casino magnate and Republican party backer Sheldon Adelson and where he received the Defender of Israel Award at the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala.

In 2017, we need a president who will stand up directly and confront the [Boycott, Divest, and Sanctions] movement. BDS is premised on a lie and it is anti-Semitism plain and simple. And we need a president of the United States who will stand up and say if a university in this country boycotts the nation of Israel than that university will forfeit federal taxpayer dollars.

Cruz’s tough talk may have jingled Adelson’s pockets, but it also is likely to scare moderate Republicans and drive down the drain any possible support from conservative-oriented Democrats.

BDS is a major threat to Israel, although so far it is more bark than bite, but trying to stop it with a Big Brother punishing universities for boycotting Israel would be a precedent to wholesale Big Brother thought control.

The Boycott Israel movement is a campaign of thoroughly twisted and hypocritical minds, but using the government to try to choke it to death could actual anger the bigots and give BDS more oxygen. The BDS’s general failure, despite its constant threat to Israel, leads it to self-asphyxiation.

Cruz is out in far right field in the crowded Republican campaign for the party’s nominee last year. Adelson may give Cruz lots of money, but the more than $100 million wasted to support Newt Gingrich for president in 2012 could have been better invested in a poker game.

As much as pro-Israel candidates delight most Orthodox Jewish voters and the Israeli right-wing, the election in 2016 is not going to be won and lost on the economy, the earn on terror and immigration.

Sen. Graham Tells Netanyahu He Will Lead ‘Violent Backlash’ against UN

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a likely Republican presidential candidate, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Wednesday and vowed to stand up for Israel in the United Nations.

Graham also pledged a “violent pushback” against the Palestinians if they pursue war crimes charges against Israeli soldiers in the International Criminal Court.

Graham told reporters at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel:

If there’s an effort by any nation to have the [U.N.] Security Council define the terms of the peace process, there will be a violent backlash from the United States Congress in a bipartisan fashion.

Graham’s remarks allude to a recently announced proposal by France that vowed to recognize a Palestinian state if there is no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians through an upcoming French-backed U.N. Security Council resolution.

“I am in charge of the foreign assistance account, I’m in charge of the money we provide for the United Nations,” said Graham, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Netanyahu Names 3 Likud Ministers in Agonizing Path to New Government

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has named three Likud Knesset Members as minister, but nine other posts remain vacant only a few hours before the scheduled launch of the new government at 7 p.m. (Noon EDT) Thursday.

The re-appointment of Moshe Ya’alon as Defense Minister is no surprise. He also will be the Deputy Prime Minister, taking Netanyahu’s place when he is out of the country. Ya’alon is a safe pick because he has not shown any ambition to become Prime Minister and is not one of those Likud members who cause Netanyahu trouble.

Yuval Steinitz, a close friend of Netanyahu and who was Minister of Strategic Affairs and Intelligence in the last government, will be Minister of Energy and Infrastructure. He also will be Netanyahu’s’ pivot for coordinating the campaign against nuclear Iran, one of Steinitz’s pet activities.

Yisrael Katz has been re-appointed as Transportation Minister and Intelligence Minister. Whether anyone likes him or not – he one of the old-guard party hacks – few question his outstanding work in expanding Israel’s railroad and highways.

Katz also will sit on the Security Cabinet

There are more Likud Knesset Members hungry for a ministry post than there are ministries.

Miri Regev, who was near the top in the Likud primaries, will most certainly receive a Cabinet post.  Benny Begin, son of the late Prime Minister, will be a Minister without Portfolio.

Ofir Akunis officially will be Minister without Portfolio but in effect will head the Communications Ministry, a post that is Netanyahu keeping vacant.

Other Likud MKs in the running for other ministries are Tzipi Hotovely, Yariv Levin, Silvan Shalom, Gila Gamliel, Gilad Erdan, Ze’ev Elkin, Danny Danon and Chaim Katz.

Erdan has been a long-time nemesis to Netanyahu, and it is possible he will be left out of the Cabinet. He wanted to be Education Minister, but that post was given to Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) chairman Naftali Bennett. Then he wanted to be Foreign Minister, but that is a non-starter. Netanyahu also refused Erdan’s request to be Public Security Minister of Interior Minister, posts which Netanyahu has reserved for others.

If Prime Minister Netanyahu can finish the puzzle by 7 p.m., the Knesset will meet in special session.

If not, there always is another day.

New elections are four years away, or maybe tomorrow.

Herzog Wants New Elections

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog has called for new elections because it took Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu two months to put together a coalition government that he said will cost the taxpayers an additional $250 million.

He told a meeting of the Zionist Union, the merged parties of Labor and Tzipi Livni’s HaTnuah parties, that it would be best to go again to the polls and let the people decide if they really want what they got.

He reiterated that not only will he not join Prime Minister Netanyahu in a national unity government, but he also will do everything he can to topple the new government.

His call for a new election should not be dismissed so quickly.

There is no question that if elections were held today, the Hareidi parties would retain at least the 13 seats they now have in the Shas and Yehadut HaTorah (United Torah Judaism) parties. They probably would win a couple of more from those who made the mistake of voting for Eli Yishai’s Yachad party, which failed to get enough votes to enter the Knesset.

There also is no question that the Likud would lose at least four seats that Netanyahu grabbed from the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) in his last-minute blitz. Considering how the Prime Minister mistreated Bayit Yehudi in forming the new coalition, the party’s current strength of eight MKs likely would rise to more than 12 because it would also win back one or two seats that voters gave to the failed Yachad party.

Kulanu, led by Moshe Kachlon, would probably take a couple of seats from the Likud and a couple from Yair Lapid, who has succeeded in proving to voters there is nothing but air inside a windbag.

On the left, Livni is a dead duck, and Labor is not going to get any more votes than it now has unless they take them from Meretz, and vice-versa..

Yisrael Beiteinu also would not win any more than it now has and could even be headed for oblivion.

The Arabs would return with more or less the same 12 seats they now have.

The bottom line is that if Herzog wants new elections, let him have them.

The result will be a stronger national-religious government.

And then Herzog can call for a third round of elections, and a fourth, unit he finally figures it out that he represents a diminishing minority.

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