I’m glad to see Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Spitzer lining up together behind a congestion-pricing plan to reduce traffic in Manhattan. I’m disappointed but not surprised to learn that many of the Democrats in the State Assembly are against it. But I’m pleased to find that the Republicans are true to their principles: since Bloomberg has personally donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns, they’re going to give his ideas the same respectful attention Republicans always give the man with the fat wallet.
The threat to democracy from wealthy political novices buying office is bad enough; the threat from wealthy office-holders buying support from other office-holders is worse. But at least in this case Bloomberg’s corrupt influence is being used in a socially beneficial direction