This is from yesterday, but it bears noting:
Mayor Bloomberg has snubbed Borough President Markowitz’s impassioned plea to bring the National Guard to Hurricane Sandy-scarred Brooklyn — arguing that approving the Beep’s request would be a waste of federal manpower and turn the borough into a police state.
“We don’t need it,” Mayor Bloomberg said on Wednesday during a press update on the city’s ongoing Hurricane Sandy cleanup. “The NYPD is the only people we want on the street with guns.”
Because apparently the National Guard can’t be trusted with them. Anyway, here’s what this incident tells us about the difference between Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his predecessor Rudy Giuliani. Rudy Giuliani wanted to be Mayor of New York City because then he’d get to be the Mayor of New York City – which he clearly thought was one the absolute best gigs to have, ever. Mike Bloomberg wanted to be Mayor of New York City because then he’d be a politician of sufficient stature so as to be able to try to grab your guns.
So I think that Mike Bloomberg – and Barack Obama, the guy that he endorsed – should shut up about whatever hobbyhorse they’re trying to ride this week and instead get back to help getting the Tri-State area back up and running.