"You have to take away some of tax breaks for the wealthy, and you have to cut back on some entitlements. Because, unless we do all of these things, it just doesn't work. And what's good theater and what's good politics isn't necessarily good economic policy."
"Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future."Michael Bloomberg on John F. Kennedy
"Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself."Michael Bloomberg on Mark Twain
"One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors."Michael Bloomberg on Plato
"If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there'd be a shortage of sand."Michael Bloomberg on Milton Friedman
"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."Michael Bloomberg on Joseph Stalin
"What goes on in Europe concerns us greatly because, if Europe comes apart, the E.U. comes apart, then you're going to have enormous impact on America, that's a very big trading partner of ours, and people own securities around the world in this day and age."
"I think if you look at people, whether in business or government, who haven't had any moral compass, who've just changed to say whatever they thought the popular thing was, in the end they're losers."
"There is no business in America that would be prevented from taking results into account when making personnel decisions."
"I'm trying to change the culture in New York City that's hard enough!"
"This is the city of dreamers and time and again it's the place where the greatest dream of all, the American dream, has been tested and has triumphed."