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Eliot Spitzer's Viewpoint

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Eliot Spitzer talks about his new show on Current TV, “Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer.” Former Governor Spitzer will offer up his opinion of the day’s news and then invite guests to discuss, analyze and debate.

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Eliot Spitzer

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Andrea Psoras from New York

Part 2
There is a beast; we've been attempting to slay it. In some ways it's not a flesh and blood battle; people's minds may be in their bodies but what goes on in their minds and actions and results that proceed from what happens in the intangible realm are beyond flesh and blood.

It takes more than our activism, more than our letters to regulators, senators, congressmen, governors, AGs, corporate chieftans, predator squids in effigy. We're as busy as everyone else; if people are that afraid for their jobs and their lives, that says this society deeply needs everyone to reflect carefully on what they've envisioned for their lives and families and our shoulder-to-shoulder society.

We're not to be the Old world, not to be like the Old world, not to import the old world, no to all that 'free' rider, feudalistic exploitations, insults and corruptions that have been coming to exist here from there and bred here by the 1% and old world players who've contributed to problems in the US for a long time.

We weren't founded for that old world way, we're not to facilitate that and corporate power and the power of the very few and their self interests over that and the means of the many is feudal. That isnt in the Constitution nor what our Republic was to be. Since we've had these serious problems with more assets hived away from the many into the hands of the few, and more corruption that is evil enough to hijack the food and use it as a biotech weapon of mass destruction to quickly or in short time kill many people who will appear to become sick by other diseases, there isnt time any more to allow the grand scale hijacking by this commercial and cultural war against us.

Where OWS is finding answers and progressing to institute these, whether it's dealing with financial kleptocracy or in our parts of our society, We see what we can do and take it from there.

Although I speak somewhat for myself here and somewhat for OWS, there is enough 'common ground' to make this place better for the 99% and the 1% who need to shake free of what's gripping them in that whorl of ugly, anti-american, conceited, destructive, and even for themselves self destructive.

May. 03 2012 02:36 PM
Andrea Psoras from New York

part 1. It astonishes me to see the trash comments and insults still slung at the guy who while an Attorney General did a great deal more good for Americans than most Americans would know or understand, and endured significant humiliation in part because of his 'position' into which the voters promoted him.

But regardless, most people only see the surface and fail to see that his comments about having been warned he was taking on powerful people when he went against wallstreet, Hank Greenberg, and other situations where he took some steps against corporate abusive power against our system, they did retaliate but not with their public disgrace and in the way most people would understand.

On another matter, actually Occupy Wall Street has working groups involved in pushback against corporate and other status quo or kleptocracy corruption and abuse.

For example OccupySEC provided a 300+ comment to the SEC on the Volcker Rule.

There are subgroups involved in providing comment to other regulators, not only the events like May Day Demonstrations in public against wrongful death of Trayvon Williams, or police brutality, or other grandscale corruption like the huge financial heist that contributed to the early demonstrations in Liberty Park and the Group's name, "Occupy Wall STreet".

We however endure a great deal of various sorts of harassment, infiltration, intelligence apparatus agent provacteurs of various sorts, stalking, bugging, invasion of privacy, and what activists in the US sadly have endured since after WW2.

We're not disorganized, we've not lost our vision, however we also don't control the press and what it says about OWS and people's take aways about what we're doing and what in America needs to be cleaned up and what it takes to go about doing that.

Believe me, we discuss these matters weekly in our working groups structured to establish, develop, or take on what needs to serve as remedy for some problem the 99% are encountering.

Where perhaps some of us may have crossed over into corporate-shareholder activism, give us a call. Some of us however already are known activists, have profile and reputation and perhaps ONLY THE POWER OF GOD! can move the mountains to push aside what's been part of the hinderance, the wierd web of a sort of isolating against some of us, we who long before 2008 were knowledgeable about the financial system but were targetted, isolated and disemployed to keep us from understanding the brewing problems, exposing these, and perhaps having been able to prevent some of what we're currently seeing and experiencing in our financial system and economy. The problem however is still going on, and what will take to solve it, actually not even OWS understands this or is willing to address it; agent provocatuers foul the meetings, cut off the Truth and attend meetings of the working groups to hinder the working efforts.

May. 03 2012 02:34 PM
cynyc from Manhattan

I would love to tell Spitzer my story and I think he'd like to hear it as well. They can find my email if motivated.

May. 03 2012 12:36 AM

...as consenting ADULT, it's not really up to me to choose what is correct for my daughter, mother, sister or cousin.

I'd rather see them choose another line of work but really, who am I to force my career preference on anyone??

We're talking about a level of the industry where folks are making grown-up decisions all by themselves.

There is absolutely ZERO evidence of corersion, drugs, kidnapping or human trafficking.

At the rates being paid in this example, I'm sure many of us would consider the opportunity given the biological qualifications.

Please, save the moralistic nonsense!!!

May. 02 2012 09:34 PM
Sally from Katowice

Why can't this whoremonger just go away? Retreat into private life and shut the **** up. Prostitution is dehumanizing. How would Spitzer feel if one of his bright and shiny blonde all-American daughters was having sex for money with decrepit creeps like him?! But I guess it's O.K. for the poor and people of color.

"What consenting adults do..."
What a load of crap! So if your daughter, mother, sister, cousin enters the "profession", you're O.K. with that?

But really, why does Lopate invite this creep back time after time? There goes my pledge $.

May. 02 2012 02:39 PM
Glork from Glen Ridge, NJ

Surprised that Leonard would waste his time on a man that his own family cannot even look ou to. What a disgraceful disappointment- but very telling of the low moral standards of his supporters!!

May. 02 2012 01:42 PM

... I'm guessing that would be "turpitude".

And, suggesting you save your moral outrage for your mom.

May. 02 2012 12:41 PM
Bill

That should have been "go to sea," natch.

May. 02 2012 12:40 PM
Bill

Mr. Spitzer. The objections to your historical mandates are good, because they're analogous to mandated car insurance _in the event you buy a car_ because it's an instance of mandated health insurance _in the event you go to see as a sailor_. The decision in question is about whether we should be mandated to invest in health insurance _in the event we are alive_.

Liberals have no business supporting this health care bill, even as a pragmatic stepping stone. It ratifies the middle men who are largely responsible for the high cost of health care in the first place. It's egregiously pro-corporate. Who doubts that liberals would be clamoring to get this declared unconstitutional if a Republican had passed it?

I hope the right wins this round, because their victory would be Pyrrhic in the long run. With this terrible compromise off the table, health care reform would no less exigent, and a universal system paid for through taxation becomes more likely.

May. 02 2012 12:38 PM
Bob from Huntington

I have been quite impressed with Eliot Spitzer in his new role as part of Current TV's
lineup.

I wish something could be done to have Current TV grouped in the Verizon FIOS channel lineup as the other news channels where I'm sure it would find more viewers. Instead, it's grouped with Comedy Central, G4 and other channels targeted at young entertainment-minded viewers.

May. 02 2012 12:36 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

Citizen's United may or may not be legitimate in the name of first amendment rights. But this is not the only sacred founding principle. So is checks and balances...

May. 02 2012 12:35 PM

What occurs between consenting adults is none of our f*n business.

Elected official or not.

Period.

May. 02 2012 12:35 PM
john from office

He commited a felony, which was not prosecuted and the crime of moral terpitude, he went over state lines to visit and transported hookers, while the head of a state. If it were you or I we would have been crucified.

May. 02 2012 12:33 PM
M.A. from Small Italy

small-d-boy, it always amazes me that several posters immediately praise you as soon as you post. very impressive.

May. 02 2012 12:29 PM

M.A. from Brooklyn ~

...still snoring.

May. 02 2012 12:29 PM
Rosalie from Long Island

Eliot, looking forward to watching you every night on CurrentTV, but we really need you back in government!!!!!!!!!

May. 02 2012 12:28 PM
M.A. from Brooklyn

Dboy, I am absolutely TERRIFIED of boring a brilliant, strong male like you! Your mommy must be SO proud of your rapier wit. Hey did anyone read the recent NIH study correlating the denigration of women with male organ size (the higher the d, I mean denigration, the smaller the d, I mean organ)? Now that's something worth reading. Cheers.

May. 02 2012 12:25 PM
Angela from Brooklyn

"Most of us" New Yorkers who are not in Manhattan get our cable from Cablevision, and we don't get Current TV.

May. 02 2012 12:25 PM
Wallace

Regarding Americans parking money overseas, Bloomberg News reports today that rich Americans renouncing U.S. citizenship rose sevenfold since UBS AG whistle-blower Bradley Birkenfeld triggered a crackdown on tax evasion four years ago.

May. 02 2012 12:24 PM
Rich K from Union City NJ

A much simpler question - how do we get Current TV onto Cablevision systems? It's not like there is a shortage of open channels.

May. 02 2012 12:23 PM

...because he prosecuted odious Wall Street criminal or because he did "naughty" things with his penis???

May. 02 2012 12:22 PM
john from office

Dboy, you were missed!! always on point!

May. 02 2012 12:21 PM

john from office ~

On what basis should Elliot Spitzer not retain his law license???

May. 02 2012 12:20 PM

M.A. from Brooklyn ~

zzz.

May. 02 2012 12:18 PM
M.A. from Brooklyn

Congratulations to WNYC and the producers of the Lopate show on supporting the disgusting misogyny of "celebrities" like Eliot Spitzer and Alec Baldwin (remember the phone-message tapes where the latter horribly denigrated his very young daughter and told her that he was going to kill her?). Isn't it admirable for a station like WNYC to pretend to be thoughtful, fair, and even implicitly progressive--while being in be with men who have a proven track record of denigrating women? I hope all you female "power holders" at WNYC are proud. How do you sleep?

May. 02 2012 12:12 PM
john from office

Dboy where have you been??

Len ask your guest why he still has a law license?? What smokey room deal led to that??

May. 02 2012 12:12 PM

Elliot, I'm sorry you are not our current Governor!

Thanks for your service.

May. 02 2012 12:09 PM
John S from Elizabeth, NJ

Vanguard is the best thing Current TV has going and is probably the best longform news program in the United States. I'm glad it finally signed the program for more shows.

I'm not sure why Current focuses its capital on competing with MSNBCs talk shows. It is not showcasing two former governors (now two), a current Lt. Governor, former Air America talent, and two radio personalities. It seems like a lack of imagination. When it hired actual TV talent, it hired a famously impossible one!

May. 02 2012 09:07 AM

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