If you haven’t yet read Thomas Frank’s takedown of Mike Bloomberg’s $50 million contribution to an anti-NRA organization, I would recommend you don’t miss it. Turns out the billionaire former mayor, known for his pro-billionaire economic views and moralistic crusades for regular folks, has a typically crass motivation.
I am telling you if there is a God, when I get to heaven I’m not stopping to be interviewed. I am heading straight in. I have earned my place in heaven. It’s not even close.
Frank is able to connect with that slow softball down the middle:
Itís Pascalís Wager updated for the age of Citizens United. If God exists, Bloomberg naturally wants to be prepared, and so he has put his money on the most glaringly virtuous politics available. He will advertise his goodness not as lesser men do — with hemp tote bags and locally made condiments and yoga in public places — but by overwhelming force of political spending, just as he did when persuading the people of New York City to give him a third term as mayor. His victory there in 2009 was probably a little too narrow for his taste, but this time around it will not even be close. He will spend more. He will be sure he gets premier status with this airline. And when the time comes he will flash his platinum card at the attendant with “St. Peter” on his nametag, and he will proceed directly to enjoy the rewards of a lifetime collecting righteousness miles.