And the 12th richest man in America means business. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, under Bloomberg's tutelage "The total homeless shelter population is 33% higher than when he (Bloomberg) took office and the number of homeless families is 45% higher." So Mike's not messing around. A guy like that lives in a pretty nice house so it's fairly obvious that he really doesn't like people who live in much less. "New York's a classy city", he said, "and having all these bums, and families and children on the street just doesn't look good - so let's put em' where we don't see em'". Out of site, out of mind. That's the Bloomberg plan.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the bible of America's 1% wealthiest, "The number of people in New York City's homeless-shelter population exceeded 40,000 last week for the first time, capping a rapid rise in homeless children and families since the spring when the city eliminated a rent subsidy program, according to a report to be released Wednesday. Mr. Bloomberg had earlier set a goal in 2004 of cutting both the number of people who sleep on the streets and use the shelter system by two-thirds by 2009, but neither pledge has been fulfilled." Instead, in measures more draconian than used on the Occupy Wall Street protesters this week, Mr. Bloomberg simply ignored his own promises and his dismal record on the issue. "Getting rid of those protesters was cheap. Housing 40,000 homeless will cost about a billion-five a year, but that's better than having them on the street", he said. "Looks nice around here, doesn't it?"