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Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Without any background knowledge in the case, I think the question of "why" they regularly broke the law is worth asking.

Since a company is generally held liable for misdeeds committed by its employees in the course of their work, the business may be held responsible if they had knowledge of (or incentivized) the violations but took no steps to correct them." Oct 25, 17 10:14 AM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

The problem with that view on Citizens United is that it presumes wrongdoing without evidence.

Put differently, why shouldn't individuals be allowed to pool their resources into an organized corporate body to benefit a political cause or candidate of their choosing?" Oct 25, 17 11:11 AM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Don't forget the repeal of the estate tax. Trump and friends will benefit greatly, but to sell it as a middle-class tax cut is disgusting." Oct 25, 17 11:12 AM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

To clear up some of your word salad:

Someone affiliated with the campaign paid a private firm for opposition research. Whether campaign officials knew about the opposition research or it's Russian government sources remains unclear.

As to the Uranium One deal, I anticipaie endlesa hearings and an eventual finding of no wrongdoing, just like Benghazi.

On the off-chance they identify and prosecute wrongdoing, GOOD." Oct 25, 17 11:24 AM

To clear up some of your word salad:

Someone affiliated with the campaign paid a private firm for opposition research. Whether campaign officials knew about the opposition research or it's Russian government sources remains unclear.

As to the Uranium One deal, I anticipate endless hearings and an eventual finding of no wrongdoing, just like Benghazi.

On the off-chance they identify and prosecute wrongdoing, GOOD." Oct 25, 17 11:24 AM

That sounds like a presumption of guilt, which is exactly the opposite of how this works." Oct 25, 17 11:43 AM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Right, so to answer Big Fresh, the burden lies on the trucking company to ensure compliance with the law, not the drivers whose livelihoods are dependent on the amount of time they spend driving." Oct 25, 17 12:54 PM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

I agree wholeheartedly that there is much transparency left to be desired in campaign financing.

In regard to the "corporations have a right to political speech" aspect of Citizens United, I think it's the lesser of two evils." Oct 25, 17 12:58 PM

Sunlight is the best disinfectant. I welcome prosecutions in case of wrongdoing and lots crow-eating in case no wrongdoing is found." Oct 25, 17 1:00 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

That's just a lazy and Po'ly constructed retort." Oct 25, 17 1:08 PM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

And the planned parenthood shooter was a conservative, what's your point? " Oct 25, 17 1:46 PM

It sounds like you think the shooting at planned parenthood was justified, do you care to clarify?" Oct 25, 17 2:11 PM

I don't understand your first sentence, but agree that both were just as bad and that neither shooter's victims deserved it." Oct 25, 17 2:25 PM

Some of it came from Home Depot too, according to OpenSecrets." Oct 25, 17 2:32 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

If these folks could quit a job on Monday and walk into a new one Tuesday morning I have no doubt that they would.

Alas, the perfectly efficient free market of goods and labor is only real on paper." Oct 25, 17 2:47 PM

Laying down, usually." Oct 25, 17 3:07 PM

So you propose that we pass legislation to mandate all truck drivers to be classified as independent contractors?

Sounds like a bum deal for truck drivers, I don't think their unions would go for it.

Might as well kick the can down the road until self-driving cars displace them anyway." Oct 25, 17 3:50 PM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

"Caterwaul." That's a great word, thank you for teaching it to me.

I think the issue comes into focus when you phrase it: why is it not OK for citizens to pool money and support candidates and causes of their choice?

If it was illegal, only independently wealthy people would be able to buy ads to support candidates, giving them a disproportionate amount of political power." Oct 25, 17 5:54 PM

Well, let's start from the premise that an individual citizen, regardless of wealth, has the freedom of speech to spend their money supporting political candidates (instead of buying TV ads, imagine someone giving away MAGA hats).

From there, we take the leap to groups of like-minded people doing the same, in the form of, and with protections provided by, a corporation.

It's true that the wealthy still have a disproportionate amount of speech, but the Citizens United ruling gives the rest of us a means to fight back in the form of a corporation. " Oct 25, 17 6:48 PM

The transparency issue is separate from the speech issue, and I agree the system is not perfect, it's just preferable to the alternative. " Oct 25, 17 7:50 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

If we're not being honest, I'm not really sure what you meant. It's one of those things where I guess you were trying to sound smart...? " Oct 25, 17 10:24 PM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

Lol, so the absence of prosecution vindicates Trump but the same is proof that Hillary did "something"?" Oct 25, 17 10:27 PM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

Statutorily denying class action status is a pro-consumer move? You could go to the Olympics for mental gymnastics. " Oct 25, 17 10:32 PM

Ah, so you don't know either. Good to know. " Oct 25, 17 10:35 PM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

I'm going to echo VOS here. Joe's comment is a whole lot of nothing.

I'm very well aware of what I post and don't need to "take a look."" Oct 26, 17 5:41 AM

Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman To Leave Independence Party, Join Democrats

FACT: DJT received a direct donation for $1,065 from the NRA, in addition to the funds given to pro-Trump PACs.

"OpenSecrets [dot] org is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives."" Oct 26, 17 7:07 AM

FACT: DJT received a direct donation for $1,065 from the NRA, in addition to the funds given to pro-Trump PACs.

"OpenSecrets [dot] org is the nation's premier website tracking the influence of money on U.S. politics, and how that money affects policy and citizens' lives."" Oct 26, 17 7:08 AM

I'm not making a value judgement on an endorsement by the NRA, I'm just calling slimy a liar." Oct 26, 17 8:24 AM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, I look forward to 3 years of hearings and the prosecution of any wrongdoing. " Oct 26, 17 9:45 AM

Probable cause is the standard for a charge and beyond a reasonable doubt is the standard for a conviction.

If you know more than Trump's Justice Dept. pony up. " Oct 26, 17 10:47 AM

This week he said: “There would need to be more progress made in figuring out the solution on this issue in order for me to vote for the resolution on Thursday...As of right now, I don’t have enough answers to vote ‘yes’ on the budget.”

Which is weaker than his statement in September: “I am not supportive of eliminating state and local tax deductions,” " Oct 26, 17 10:58 AM

His son and campaign manager solicited opposition research from a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin. Hillary's attorney paid for opposition research that was sourced from Russian government officials.

I'm not saying either of those things is conclusive, I'm just saying they're mighty similar." Oct 26, 17 11:03 AM

So what you're saying is neither instance led to any useful information or was used by either campaign in any way? Another similarity. " Oct 26, 17 2:09 PM

Sounds like a lot of conjecture, unless you know something the rest of us don't. " Oct 26, 17 2:10 PM

Because the alternative, to deny corporate bodies the right to political speech, would result in a worse outcome.

Dark money is a problem that's not ameliorated by denying individuals a way to pool money in the absence of effective public election financing laws as an alternative means of balancing out the inequitable power of wealthy individuals." Oct 26, 17 2:21 PM

So what happened with the other 8 agencies, did their check get lost in the mail? " Oct 26, 17 3:07 PM

So what was the $145 million in exchange for exactly " Oct 26, 17 3:17 PM

I'm still waiting for someone to tell me what Russia got in exchange for the $145 million to the Clinton Foundation if the DoS was only one of nine agencies that approved the Uranium deal." Oct 26, 17 8:35 PM

Wait, let's backtrack a little: so Obama told Susan Rice to say the Benghazi attack was prompted by the video?

The Republican-led inquiry into this resulted in a 400 page report that does not include that tid bit, can you provide a source? " Oct 27, 17 6:10 AM

I was going to be in a great holiday shopping mood until the end of the state & local tax deduction shattered any prospect of a tax cut. " Oct 27, 17 6:11 AM

Oh you'll see some TDS when my taxes go up. The liar promised a tax cut!" Oct 27, 17 6:50 AM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

That's a talking point. The truth is that arbitration firms are beholden to their employers and incentivized to provide favorable decisions for the banks.

You also forgot to mention that the companies only pay legal fees when they're found guilty, and that if they knew they were guilty they would save their consumers lots in legal fees by owning up." Oct 27, 17 7:03 AM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

Can you please pinpoint for us where the campaign lied, and what evidence you have that it was a lie? " Oct 27, 17 8:04 AM

Then we'd probably be more like Florida.

Frankly, the only thing I envy from Florida is the sun.

It should also be mentioned that New York is a net contributor of federal tax dollars, as opposed to more conservative states which tend to consume more federal monies then they provide." Oct 27, 17 8:25 AM

So what you're saying is you believe the campaign lied but can't pinpoint the lie or demonstrate it was a lie?" Oct 27, 17 8:26 AM

Why? They all voted against the proposal." Oct 27, 17 8:26 AM

Where do I vote to stop my federal tax dollars from being spent in other states 2 to 1?" Oct 27, 17 8:27 AM

You suggest there was inaccurate reporting.

If there was no source of accurate reporting, how do you know about it?

If there was an accurate source, kindly point us to it." Oct 27, 17 8:34 AM

So do you think the president conducts his own intelligence investigations, or does he delegate them?

It kind of sounds like you're admitting there's no evidence anyone knew those statements were inaccurate when they were made." Oct 27, 17 8:39 AM

And I'm asking you what the real story is, and what evidence you have of it.

If you have a good answer to that question you might even earn a Pullitzer!" Oct 27, 17 8:40 AM

The population loss trend is a rural (see: Republican) problem and New York is not the only state that's experienced it. In any event, 2016 was the first year we lost more people to other states than we gained." Oct 27, 17 8:46 AM

And a belief that the attack may have been "spontaneous" was part of intelligence documents until weeks later.

It turns out the intelligence community wasn't actually that sure on the day following the attacks, go figure." Oct 27, 17 8:57 AM

I don't think you understand how federalism works." Oct 27, 17 9:00 AM

So it's just what you think happened? Got it." Oct 27, 17 9:00 AM

First year since 2006, clicked submit a little fast there." Oct 27, 17 9:01 AM

Zeldin Votes Against Bipartisan Harvey Relief Bill After Debt Ceiling Measure Is Added

What do you do when your employer costs you more than they earn you? You find a new one!

That's why corporations can't be trusted to adjudicate their own disputes impartially; their every act is committed in self-interested, including the selection of arbitration firms." Oct 27, 17 9:07 AM

Zeldin Has Nearly $1.17 Million In Campaign War Chest

I'm just trying to reach probable cause. Are you saying the evidence to get us there doesn't exist?" Oct 27, 17 10:06 AM

I agree, and it should be noted that hearings on Uranium One are already scheduled.

In fact, I think we should hold hearings for three years straight and let the cards fall where they may. If wrongdoing is found and prosecuted, good. If it's another waste of tax payer dollars and congressional time, I hope the American people take note." Oct 27, 17 10:58 AM

We can only hope that same manner of thinking does not permeate the halls of government as much as POTUS makes it appear." Oct 27, 17 11:49 AM

Truth be told, any indication that more than 50% of a comment is copy/pasted gets an eye-roll from me." Oct 27, 17 12:19 PM

Now, now, kids. The comments section is a sandbox. We can build castles or throw dirt, but we can't do both. " Oct 27, 17 12:55 PM

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