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“Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

Any guess as to who this is?

He dumps salt on almost everything, even saltine crackers. He devours burnt bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. He has a weakness for hot dogs, cheeseburgers, and fried chicken, washing them down with a glass of merlot.

And his snack of choice? Cheez-Its.

If you said Michael Moore, give yourself partial credit. But, in reality, it’s the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg. Yes, the same guy who seems to think it is his job to be your mommy (banning transfats, forcing fast food places to post calorie counts, telling to diners to use less salt and subway riders to drink less soda) even salts his pizza.

But the mayor’s press secretary, Stu Loeser, said Mr. Bloomberg “works as hard as any New Yorker at keeping off extra pounds, and he has trimmed himself down to his college weight, which isn’t at all easy for a 67-year-old.” The mayor, he said “has days when he eats more than he should.” But, he added, “unlike most of us, he has the discipline to even it out the next day.”

Got that Gotham? He has “the discipline”. The rest of you proles need him to take care of it for you because “most of us” can’t handle it for ourselves.

This, my friends, is the most dangerous of political creatures. The one who thinks that it is the function of government to tell you how to live your lives, down to and including what you should and shouldn’t eat, assumes you don’t have the wherewithal to do it yourself and finally, doesn’t even follow the rules he lays down for you because he’s the exception and has the “discipline” to overcome the problem.

[HT: Megan O]


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5 Responses to “Do As I Say, Not As I Do”

  • Merlot with chicken? How gauche.

    Pity he cannot seem to summon up some real fiscal discipline.

  • Bacon for me, but not for thee…

    If NY reelects him, we deserve what we get. Plain and simple.

  • Is it wrong of me to wish for a heart attack on this hypocritical busy-body nanny stater?


  • It’s precisely because he can’t control himself that he advocates these “reforms”. See, as someone who can’t control himself, he can’t imagine anyone else having that capacity, and thus we must stop the “evil corporations” from taking advantage of all of us.

    Sadly, liberals mostly seem to think this is the only type of valid politician. As Hollywood can’t abide a real life hero and must degrade them (just watch the show Rescue Me, where EVERY firefighter is an adulterer), so liberals can’t abide a politician who does not live the same failures and must tear down fault in any they see (and failing that, families, friends, and associates ala Palin)