In an unusually sharp attack on Washington Thursday, Bloomberg compared the federal government's plan to hand out $600 tax rebate checks to "giving a drink to an alcoholic."
Mayor Bloomberg rips George Bush's rebates as 'giving drink to alcoholic'
"They want to send out a check to everybody to stimulate the economy," Bloomberg said. "I suppose it won't hurt the economy, but it's in many senses like giving a drink to an alcoholic.
"This country has a balance sheet that's starting to look more and more like a Third World country," Bloomberg said.
His unusually blunt alcoholic analogy sounded as if Bloomberg - a possible presidential candidate who has been known to be a little tone-deaf on occasion - was comparing cash-strapped Americans to out-of-control drinkers.