During an appearance at Google headquarters in Mountain View, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg pulled no punches in his assessment of Washington, D.C., and the state of the union.
According to Bloomberg, the reputation of the U.S. "has been hurt very badly in the last few years." And he's a Republican. A Republican not sticking to White House talking points. He also spoke truth on immigration:
We need to recognize we're not going to deport 12 million people already here ... Let's get serious, we don't have an army big enough to do that, it would be devastating to our economy, it would be the biggest mass deportation of people in the world.
Demonstrating that he's not interested in the Republican nomination for president, he also lambasted creationism (or "creationalism", as he called it):
It's scary in this country, it's probably because of our bad educational system, but the percentage of people that believe in Creationalism is really scary for a country that's going to have to compete in the world where science and medicine require a better understanding.
And I'll wrap up my Bloomberg love fest (one of only two Republicans I like; the other is the governator) with this statement on how the presidential candidates are focused too much on the threat of terrorism, and not enough on reducing violent crime:
Yet every press conference, they all beat their chests and say, 'I can protect this country better from terrorism.' Well, what about protecting them out in the streets every day?
Michael Bloomberg, telling us how it is. [ed: - some quotes taken from this AP article]