Michael Bloomberg, who joined the Republican Party in 2001 after spending his life as a registered Democrat, has left the GOP and registered as an independent. I suspect that Bloomberg, like myself, feels that the GOP as currently constituted and led by Chimperator Bush left him. What is interesting is what Bloomberg has to say about how progress has been made in New York City:
We've balanced budgets, grown our economy, improved public health, reformed the school system and made the nationï¿½s safest city even safer."
We have achieved real progress by overcoming the partisanship that too often puts narrow interests above the common good. As a political independent, I will continue to work with those in all political parties to find common ground, to put partisanship aside and to achieve real solutions to the challenges we face."
Any successful elected executive knows that real results are more important than partisan battles and that good ideas should take precedence over rigid adherence to any particular political ideology. Working together, there's no limit to what we can do."
Meanwhile, we have Chimperator Bush about to veto the bill on stem cell research again, proving (1) that he puts the voodo version of Christianity espoused by the Christianists ahead of science and what the majority of the public supports, and (2) that he is not a successful elected executive. Nothing like blindly following Daddy Dobson's orders:
President Bush has chosen to use his veto pen three times - twice on the stem cell issue where politics, ethics and science collide. Pushing back against the Democratic-led Congress, Bush plans to veto a bill Wednesday that would have eased restraints on federally funded embryonic stem cell research, White House spokesman Tony Fratto said.