Saturday, October 8, 2011

Bloomberg Predicted OccupyWallStreet Day Before It Started
Bloomberg, on Radio, Raises Specter of Riots by Jobless
Published: September 16, 2011

“You have a lot of kids graduating college can’t find jobs,” he said in response to a question about the poverty rate. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid,” he continued, referring to the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt and the more recent protests against the Spanish government’s austerity measures. “You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

Perhaps the mention of riots was his subtle way of trying to prod Washington to pass a jobs bill. He has been known to invoke the possibility of riots before, when looking to spur a divided Legislature into action.

The last time was in 2009, when it looked possible that the New York State Legislature would not renew mayoral control of the schools. “If they didn’t do that, I think that there’d be riots in the streets, given the improvement” in schools, Mr. Bloomberg said at the time, prompting many riot-themed headlines. The Legislature ultimately did renew mayoral control.
Mayor Bloomberg predicts riots in the streets if economy doesn't create more jobs
By Erin Einhorn and Corky Siemaszko
Friday, September 16th 2011

Mayor Bloomberg warned Friday there would be riots in the streets if Washington doesn't get serious about generating jobs.

Bloomberg's unusually alarmist pronouncement came as President Obama has been pressuring reluctant Republicans to pass his proposed job creation plan.
Bloomberg gave Obama kudos for coming up with a jobs plan.

"At least he's got some ideas on the table, whether you like those or not," he said. "Now everybody's got to sit down and say we're actually gonna do something and you have to do something on both the revenue and the expense side."

And everybody's got to share in the pain.
Mayor Bloomberg Warns Of Rioting If Unemployment Remains High
September 16, 2011

Pedestrians were seemingly content on the streets of upper Manhattan Friday, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes there’s an undercurrent of economic distress that could upset the tranquil street scene.

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