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Congressman Nadler

Friday, January 09, 2009

Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who represents parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, discusses the economic stimulus package, Bush accountability in the last days of his presidency, and the search for the next Senator from New York.

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Jerrold Nadler

Comments [28]

Lenore from Upper West Side, NYC

This is a very late comment (so no one will read it) but anyway, I was shocked to hear Jerry be so dismissive of what is happening in Gaza--"a few errant missiles."

He is so good on almost everything else, though he would not support impeachment, that I plan to write him an actual letter, with paper, stamps, envelope, etc. I think he should be aware of these comments, and of the other information that we are getting.

I would urge others who commented here to write him similarly--not email, etc. Real letters. Who knows, at least he could refrain from commenting like that, and showing up at every pro-Israel rally. (He also supported the rally to support that wall they are building.)

Jan. 10 2009 09:28 PM
McGill from Montreal

is it TOO MUCH TO ASK when any story has numbers to do a LITTLE ARITHMETIC every time there is a story. We want to create 3,000,000 [three million] job. The package will cost 700 Billion [700,000,000,000]. Easy if it had cost $600 billion, that is $200,000 per job. If the Keynesian Fiscal SPending bill costs $750 billion, we are talking $250,000 per job. If the package costs $900 Billion, we are talking $300,000 per job. Once we know the cost per job, we the CITOYENS can decide whether the proposed legislation makes sense. Approximately a QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS per job, OUTRAGEOUS!!!! Yes I am SHOUTING. The high cost per job is SHAMEFUL.

Jan. 10 2009 06:43 AM
Joyce from Harlem

The “Emperor has no clothing”

I am a concerned citizen,
Brian is so transparent, he plays down his biases but they are biases none the less, and he may be able to coddle most listeners of his show, but not all. Brian has continuously endorsed candidates on his show who are pro Israel in some form or fashion at the detriment to New Yorkers and the country.

How many candidates are vying for Senator Hilary’s seat? About 12-15 people, and how many have been invited on Brian’s show?

A tacit endorsement is still an endorsement!
Especially on WNYC the largest Public Radio station in our region!

Jan. 09 2009 01:05 PM
Joyce from Harlem

"Re posting after being deleted and censored originally # 3 and then modifying on comment on #16 on this posting"

“My Original Posting Below”

Brian

You on many occasions have gone on your Soap Box to criticized those for what you perceive as identity politics, and now you are endorsing a white male Jew for Hillary’s vacant senate seat,

This is hypocrisy. I find this very offensive and disenfranchising.

Isn’t Senator Schumer who is Jewish enough!
Why do you want to stock both Senate seats with only Jewish people!!

Why are you not endorsing a person of color? Better yet a female person of color?

Jan. 09 2009 01:04 PM
mc from Brooklyn

Joyce and Julio:
While I have certainly heard Brian criticize certain political tendancies like identity politics, I have not heard him endorse candidates. I think this is for a reason--he does not want to take sides publicly. I support this because it encourages better balance in his presentations.

Jan. 09 2009 11:54 AM
Joyce from Harlem

BL Producer:

Pointing out Brian's hypocrisy is not offensive, although I can see how you might take it that way, but the actions that my comments point out are extremely offensive!!

Jan. 09 2009 11:47 AM
mc from Brooklyn

I don't think any senator from NY can hold the seat without the above lamented support for Israel, be it good or bad, that's New York.

Jan. 09 2009 11:41 AM
BL Show Producer

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The BL Show Producers

Jan. 09 2009 11:34 AM
Ed from Bedford

On the economic front, I agree with the Congressman: tax cuts for business will not stimulate the economy. The real solution for business would be to shift the obligation to provide and pay for health care away from employers, prefereably (in my opinion) to a single payer system. This would eliminate an enormous expense for business (i.e. General Motors) and immediately make them more competitive, reducing the price of domestically produced goods, thereby increasing demand for such goods and for workers to produce them. This would kill two birds with one stone: stimulating the economy while addressing the health care crisis. Republicans should like this solution because it emphasizes the private sector as the employer of first resort, rather than the public sector as the employer of last resort, and Democrats should like it because it results in universal health care

With respect to the tax breaks to individuals, why should a $1,000 tax break be any more stimulative than the rebates that did not do the job earlier this year? Moreover, it may not help the poor, who in many cases don't have to pay taxes (and therefore would not receive a rebate check, and, if accomplished through withholding, would only come out to $38.50/pay check; hardly enough to stimulate spending.

Jan. 09 2009 11:22 AM
JENNIFER from NYC

I also could not support him because of his extreme Israeli Bias

Jan. 09 2009 11:14 AM
salvatore principato from manhattan

my letter to Rep. Nadler:

I was shocked to hear Congressman Nadler's comments on the Israeli attack on the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip. To apologize for such reckless aggression is inexcusable & makes me question my support for the congressman. The simplistic comparison to bombs falling on Syracuse is spurious at best. A better analogy would be what we the U.S. do if one of our neighboring countries armed to the teeth (including nuclear weapons) didn't like the results of our elections & proceeded to blockade our entire country controlling movement of people, food, medicine, construction material and everything else we need to conduct our lives & anytime we build up any kind of security force it is destroyed by bombs raining upon us from unmanned drones then we would just begin to understand the plight of Palestinian people. Thanks to Rep. Nadler for so much good work but unless he can temper his bias pertaining to the struggle for self determination in the middle east, i doubt his competency in all areas important to the average working person.

Jan. 09 2009 11:14 AM
Joyce from Harlem

Thank you Julio for re-posting me censored comment!

My comments are accurate and true.

Jan. 09 2009 11:08 AM
Julio from NYC

"Re posting after being deleted and censored originally on this posting #3"

Brian

You on many occasions have gone on your Soap Box to criticized those for what you perceive as identity politics.

Why are you not endorsing a person of color? Better yet a female person of color?

Jan. 09 2009 11:05 AM
Yolanda from Park Slope

Another Israel apologist for NY senator? Please! One is enough. This example of what would we do if Canada would launch rockets across the border into the US is intellectually dishonest. Canada is a sovereign nation. Last I looked the Gaza Strip had not reached that status. It has been under Israels' thumb, even after Israel's 'unilateral' withdrawal.

Jan. 09 2009 10:52 AM
Maggie Clarke, Ph.D. from Inwood

Rep. Nadler gets my vote also for being the very first federal legislator who recognized that Bush and EPA were lying to the people of NY and NJ about the toxicity of the air post 9/11. This air and dust will kill more people than the planes did, and the media did not look to independent scientists as Nadler did, to find the truth.

Jan. 09 2009 10:47 AM
Sam Finlay from NYC

I am so tired of this "if Canada were launching rockets..." argument for not telling Israel to stop bombarding Gaza. While both sides are wrong, Israel's response is disproportionate. If after Canada was launching rockets at us over its border, the US began launching rockets and endangering citizens as much as Israel has, you can bet that the world would tell us to stop.

Jan. 09 2009 10:46 AM
Avivah from Brooklyn, New York

Re: Comments 3 and 4
Under the First Ammendment of the Constitution of the United States there is no religious test for holding office. Jerrold Nadler is one of our most knowledgable, articulate statesmen. Representative Nadler's religion is of no consequence.

Jan. 09 2009 10:45 AM
Julio from NYC

Another Israeli apologize, he just lost my vote

Jan. 09 2009 10:45 AM
Susan from Kingston, New York

I agree! I could not support this man because of his unconditional support of Israel.

Jan. 09 2009 10:44 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Sorry to also say that the DEMO-CANS and REPUBLO-CRATS are always willing to spend in defense of SPECIAL RICH INTERESTS-for example,preventing high speed rail until their support is ready to take it over. Each talks their line of ****. Both are not for us. Tis sad. From the Underdog "Looks like this is the end..."

Jan. 09 2009 10:43 AM
Robert from NYC

Ouch, time to rethink my statement above (#1) I cannot agree with Nadler on his what sounds like unconditional support of Israel in this scourge.

Jan. 09 2009 10:42 AM
Julio from NYC

He just lost my vote!!!

Jan. 09 2009 10:41 AM
AG from Bk

Yes! More spending and good for nothing bureaucracy! Same old from the same old republicrat political hacks.

Jan. 09 2009 10:38 AM
John Lobell from Mahnattan

WHEN? WHEN? WHEN? Do we cut government bloat????? If not now, obviously never!!!!

Jan. 09 2009 10:36 AM
Liam from East Elmhurst

Vote for the most devoted SOCIAL DEMOCRAT (I did not merely say Democrat) that is available for each and every job you can think of vote for and be appointed to-totally committed people-lefter than left.
I say this as a former Rush Limbaugh listener who puked out that nonsense. If you can divide the offices more evenly-less Demo-can-less Repub-lo-crat- AND get in people more concerned with the general public, even business will benefit and doors will open for many more people-Ah, Wilderness!

Jan. 09 2009 10:36 AM
Susan from Kingston, New York

I agree Joyce! However, I also want to point out that we need better representation for upstate New York!

Jan. 09 2009 10:32 AM
Nadler constituent from lower manhattan

If New York needs an effective legislator who knows how a bill becomes law, Jerry would be an excellent choice. He was effective in the NYS Assembly, skillfully secured the seat that Teddy Weiss vacated in congress, and has done a great job representing a district that's shaped like a strange banana straddling Manhattan and Brooklyn. He's also always run an effective district office to address constituent's needs. When I used to watch Jerry in the assembly, it was fascinating to see how quiet the chamber became when he rose to speak. He's very smart, and his colleagues know that. He'd make a great Senator.

Jan. 09 2009 10:07 AM
Robert from NYC

Jerrold Nadler gets my vote for whatever he runs for.

Jan. 09 2009 10:04 AM

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