Mayor Bloomberg: Jobs crisis could lead to riots

He may be right. CNN:

“You have a lot of kids graduating college, [who] can’t find jobs,” said Bloomberg, during his weekly radio show on Friday. “That’s what happened in Cairo. That’s what happened in Madrid. You don’t want those kinds of riots here.”

That was the mayor’s response when asked about the poverty rate, which rose to 15.1% in 2010, its highest level since 1993, according to census data released Tuesday. About 46.2 million people are now living in poverty, 2.6 million more than last year.

“The public is not happy,” he said. “The public knows there is something wrong in this country, and there is. The bottom line is that they’re upset.”

NOTE FROM JOHN: In this country, I could see the Teabaggers being those more likely to riot. At their core they’re simply conservative Republicans. And at THEIR core, far-right Republicans don’t really like our democracy, its institutions, its checks and balances. They don’t believe in playing the game called civil society, they try to rig the game – and if that fails, they stage their own little riots, American style (i.e., no violence, just the yelling), like they did during Bush v Gore and like they did in August 2009 disrupting the health care town halls.

Would the Teabaggers eventually go violent?  It’s hard to say no, when you’re dealing with people who literally think a socialist (read: Soviet communist) is the current commander in chief of our military.  If that were really true, if a Soviet spy had secretly taken over our government, are you telling me people would still forego violence?  Not a chance.  That’s why extremist GOP rhetoric is so dangerous during the best of times.  And these are not the best of times.


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