First, it was White House communications chief Anita Dunn telling a high school commencement audience that the murderous Chairman Mao was one of her "two favorite philosophers." Now, it's manufacturing czar Ron Bloom who it turns out "kinda" agrees with modern history's most prolific genocidal murderer that "power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
Leave it to the irrepressible Glenn Beck to dig up the video of Bloom speaking to a labor audience in 2008 and explaining what they had learned in the recent past. Here's the relevant passage:
"Generally speaking we get the joke. We know that the free market is nonsense. We know that the whole point is to game the system, to beat the market, or at least find someone who will pay you a lot of money because they're convinced that there is a free lunch. We know this is largely about power, that it's an adults only, no limit game. We kind of agree with Mao that political power comes largely from the barrel of a gun. And we get it that if you want a friend, you should get a dog."
Bloom is a Harvard grad and former SEIU official with close ties to ACORN who also happens to have spent some years at an investment banking firm. He has lots of experience negotiating deals with big corporations that favor unionized workforces.
So is it really possible for somebody with that kind of background to not know that Chairman Mao was a bloody exterminator of millions of unfortunate people in China merely on the suspicion that they might oppose him?
It would be one thing if Bloom had made this statement 40 years ago as a college undergraduate, but this statement was made last year at the Sixth Annual Distressed Investiing Conference held at the Union League Club.