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Bloomberg-the-Humble: ‘Literally saved 9,200 lives’ during mayoral tenure

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By Doug Powers  •  December 28, 2013 11:54 AM

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My theory is that Michael Bloomberg is bragging about the number of lives saved during his mayoral tenure because he thinks they serve as offsets to all the people killed by his enormous carbon footprint.

From Politicker:

Speaking at an NYPD graduation ceremony today, Mr. Bloomberg wasn’t bashful in making sure both his administration and police department get full credit for the drop in crime over the past decade.

“The crime reductions the NYPD has driven over the past 12 years have defied the odds and far outpaced the rest of the nation. Twelve years ago, no one thought New York City’s crime rate could go any lower. But then it did,” said Mr. Bloomberg, rattling off statistics to support his claim, including “the most important measure of public safety”: less than 340 murders logged so far this year.

“If you compare this decade to the previous eras’ murder rates, we can literally say that we have saved more than 9,200 lives in the last 12 years,” the mayor added.

The Joe Biden “literally” rule applies, which is that the word “literally” before a politician’s claim automatically negates what follows.

Among those who weren’t victims of violence are the many who have fled the area, though I’m not sure if Bloomberg counted them among the lives he’s saved.

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