by Mark Rhoads
It was "The Little Flower," Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia (Mayor of New York 1933-1945) who quoted Gov. Al Smith when he said, "I can run on a laundry ticket and beat these political bums anytime." Fiorello was not afraid of the people. Today's mayor of New York is Michael Bloomberg, a millionaire Democrat turned Republican in 2001 turned "independent" or something again more recently. Bloomberg is one of those arrogant notables who believe that rules are for other people. Twice the voters of the city of New York voted in 1993 and again in 1996 to limit the mayor to two terms in office. Mike Bloomberg always supported that term limit. "I think it would be an absolute disgrace to go around the public will," he said on Aug. 30, 2005. But wait a minute, now His Imperiousness has decided to throw out the public will he once spoke so hightly of.