In the nation of Bermuda, located on a series of islands some 665 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., there is an area dubbed “Millionaire’s Row.”
It features impressive homes sitting hard by the azure water.
All are well-manicured and sporting pretty pastel coats of blue, pink, yellow and the like.
Yachts and power boats are tied up at the docks outside, expensive cars sit in the driveways.
One of the homes belongs to actor Michael Douglas and his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Oddly, it isn’t even one of the larger ones.
Millionaire’s Row is a frequent stop on boat tours around Bermuda.
There is another area of the British overseas territory that is not accessible to tourists.
This one is isolated, gated and guarded. It’s called Billionaire’s Row.
It is there that Michael Bloomberg has a home. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is founder and CEO of Bloomberg L.P., a global financial services, mass media and software company.
Bloomberg is extremely wealthy, with an estimated net worth of $50.7 billion.
That puts him in some rarefied company, placing him as the sixth richest person in the nation.
That makes him way richer than President Donald Trump, whose net worth is estimated at $3.5 billion.
Bloomberg is no fan of the president.
He has been extremely critical of Mr. Trump, saying in his first call to the new president, “Look Donald, you don’t know anything about this job.”
Bloomberg and Trump hardly see eye to eye. Bloomberg is a firm believer that climate change is caused by human beings and a supporter of strict environmental rules.
He is for free trade and against protectionism, is a strong advocate of gun control, tried to ban sugary drinks in New York City and favors normalizing the status of otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants.
He raised taxes twice during his NYC administration.
He also supports a woman’s right to an abortion, favors expansion of Obamacare and thinks voter registration should be made easier.
Bloomberg also thinks it is time to quit criticizing President Trump and get firmly behind him.
“Let’s just all hope that Donald Trump is a good president of the United States,” Bloomberg said a couple of weeks ago on television’s “The View.”
“He’s our president, and we need this country to be run well.”
That was a somewhat surprising statement from a guy who once called Trump a “con” and a “dangerous demagogue.”
But he doesn’t want a repeat of what happened early in Barack Obama’s first term, when Sen. Mitch McConnell, then the minority leader, said the single most important achievement for Republicans was to make Obama “A one-term president.” They didn’t, of course, but neither did much get done.
America is facing huge challenges in the coming years. We have to keep an eye on Russia, China and Iran.
We’re still fighting in Afghanistan, the Middle East is always a concern and we must deal with a complete wild card in a nuclear North Korea, all of which necessitates a strong defense apparatus.
We need jobs, we need tax reform, we need budget reform, we need health care reform as well as massive infrastructure upgrades.
For any of that to happen we need those on both sides of the aisle to at least try and work together to craft legislation that is good for the country, not for one party or the other.
And we need to support our leader, whether we like him or not.
That’s the way it works in our system. Two candidates run, one wins, one loses.
All the whining and moaning won’t change the fact Donald Trump will be president of the United States at least until Jan. 20, 2021, unless the U.S. House brings articles of impeachment and the Senate delivers a conviction.
That is not to say we should just meekly let him govern however he chooses.
If we disagree we have the right, and responsibility, to raise our voices in protest. That goes for ordinary citizens and the media alike.
But tearing Trump down simply because of party loyalty is doing the country no favors.
Mullin is senior writer of the Enid News & Eagle. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 548-8145.