Wait, did I say in Central Park? I meant at the Aspen Institute:
Bloomberg claimed that 95 percent of murders fall into a specific category: male, minority and between the ages of 15 and 25.
Per the most recent FBI statistics, the actual percentage appears to be 22.8.
Here are a few more surprising facts, soon to be featured on various websites near you:
Becoming a plumber is on average a more lucrative career choice than graduating from Harvard College:
If a person has the option of going to Harvard or becoming a plumber, he said he would suggest thinking about the plumbing career.
“The Harvard graduate on average will never catch up to a plumber,” Bloomberg said. “Partially because the first four years — instead of spending $60,000, you make $60,000.”
Unionized New York City waitresses make $150,000 per year, while ordinary waitresses make only $50,000 to $60,000:
In New York City, where 56 million tourists visit annually, Bloomberg said the hospitality and service industries are key. Though some might say those aren’t good jobs, he claimed that a waitress in the grand ballroom of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel makes $150,000 a year because of strong union negotiations. A waitress in a decent New York restaurant will make $50,000 to $60,000 a year, he said.
Legalizing marijuana is going to significantly lower the IQs of children:
When an audience member asked the 72-year-old Bloomberg about Colorado marijuana, he responded that it was a terrible idea, one that is hurting the developing minds of children. Though he admitted to smoking a joint in the 1960s, he said the drug is more accessible and more damaging today.
“What are we going to say in 10 years when we see all these kids whose IQs are 5 and 10 points lower than they would have been?” he asked. “I couldn’t feel more strongly about it, and my girlfriend says it’s no different than alcohol. It is different than alcohol. This is one of the stupider things that’s happening across our country.”
Bloomberg, who is now worth $36.6 billion, according to Forbes, said the poor in the U.S. need better education.
OK I quit.