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Monday, June 01, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY 9th) talks about dropping out of the mayor's race and what his priorities are now that he's back to being a full-time representative.

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Congressman Anthony Weiner

Comments [17]

josh karan from Washington Height District 6 Manhattan

Weiner on Schools: Contradictory

Supports full mayoral control of schools but questions whether Bloomberg has done anything significant for the schools while squandering a 60% increase in per pupil spending at the same time as the DOE eliminated all voices of alternative policies.

This is precisely why Mayoral control of the schools must not be renewed.

Placing all power in the hands of one person is dangerous. It leads to arbitrary & unchecked decisions.

Democracy was instituted in our governmental system to prevent this. It must be returned to governance of the schools

Jun. 01 2009 10:34 AM
hjs from 11211

Andrea
it's for "the people" to say now

Jun. 01 2009 10:28 AM
Phil from Queens

Tony, you should have run for Mayor. You have a great deal of grass roots support. Most of the people in the boros are sick and tire of that “fancy pants” oligarch. He favors the rich and Manhattan. I’m not sure he can name all five boros.

But, as long as you’re staying in Congress, what are you going to do about this crazy printing of money and the Bama’s march to Socialism? The deficit has doubled and is going to quadruple based on plans made by a group of appointed Czars in 100 days, what’s up with that? Even Pravda in an article today is laughing at the US and the American people and the destruction of capitalism. The banking industry has been destroyed. The auto industry has been destroyed. What’s next? The country is being run like Eron. By the way, Eron was a leading proponent of “Cap and Trade” which is really “Cap and Tax the Middle Class.” How many people will vote Democrat when their gas and electric bills double and quadruple? Not many.

What are you going to do to protect Israel from Obama’s dangerous anti-Israel plans? Can you and the Democrat leadership please get the President to open up his meeting with the Saudi leadership to the press? We want to see the President ritually bow; I mean trip and bow by accident, again. Please tell us, inquiring minds aka The Voters want to know what you are going to do to save this country from the current mis-administration. The people are counting on you and other sensible elected leaders to help. If not election day 2010 will be like election day 1994.

Jun. 01 2009 10:26 AM
SuzanneNYC from Upper West Side

I was disturbed by the report that Congressman Weiner has a revolving door when it comes to his staff -- particularly chief of staff. He's so hard driving that no one can stay for long. That was Giuliani's MO and it didn't work. So maybe when Congressman Weiner grows up and mellows, he'll make a good Mayor.

Jun. 01 2009 10:25 AM
Andrea from Manhattan

Bravo to Anthony Wiener for pushing the issue. His highness Mayor Bloomberg is being a hypocrite. If he could take over after Guiliani after 9/11 - someone else can take over after him. Power corrupts - term limits are for good and bad mayors!

Jun. 01 2009 10:23 AM
Julian from Manhattan

Rather than progressive, Bloomberg is a man of contradictions. He wants to reduce the city's carbon footprint, but he's presided over the biggest building boom in history. By Bloomberg's own statistics, buildings account for 79% of carbon emissions. He wants to reduce congestion, but fought for the Westside Stadium. He's for affordable housing, but said NOTHING when the middle income Stuyvesant Town development was threatened with market rates, etc., etc., etc...

Jun. 01 2009 10:22 AM
Jim from Morristown, NJ

I also support Single Payer and want there to be a government plan as part of any universal health care program. However, private insurers would probably select the best risks leaving the worst risks to the government plan. Would Congressman Weiner support an underwriting tax or claims equalization fund to assess a tax on the private insurers to make up for their selection against the risk pool?

Jun. 01 2009 10:21 AM
Mary from Bronx

Is there a way for Bloomberg's opponent (and I'm disappointed that it won't be Weiner) to use Bloomberg's excessive campaign spending against him? We've thus far received 5 glossy full-colored campaign flyers from Bloomberg, and find them a real "turn-off."

Jun. 01 2009 10:20 AM
hjs from 11211

maybe weiner could bring some of my tax dollars back to NY
http://www.taxfoundation.org/UserFiles/Image/Blog/ftsbs-large.jpg

Jun. 01 2009 10:20 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Bloomberg is proposing to _raise_ taxes on the poor and middle class, but _opposes_ raising them on millionaires (who are already getting a massive kickback thanks to the Obama bank bailout).

As Weiner notes, Bloomberg endorsed Bush -- and then McCain.

Bloomberg was solidly behind the atrocious city behavior during the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Bloomberg is violently anti-democratic (small "d") -- using the NYPD to crack down on free speech and any who disagree with him.

Jun. 01 2009 10:19 AM
Matt from Manhattan

Does he have any comment on Bloomberg being on the Republican and Independent ticket?

Jun. 01 2009 10:13 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Certainly, we should at least have a public competitor to the private Un-Health Insurers. The private system is corrupt and, frankly, determined to sacrifice health care in the name profit.

Bravo, Mr. Weiner, for daring to defy Obama and praise single payer!

Jun. 01 2009 10:12 AM
Jawad from Elmhurst

If you didn't drop out, I was gonna volunteer for your campaign for two reasons. Because I hate Bloomberg and because I think you would make a good mayor.

Please mention this to Mr. Weiner

Jun. 01 2009 10:11 AM
Tom from TORONTO - CANADA

WNYC hates Canadians!

All the pledge drives have stuff you can't use in Canada, like the Kindle, or before this the New Yorker subscription that doesn't apply for Canada.

WHY DO YOU HATE US?

-Tom
Toronto

Jun. 01 2009 10:09 AM
Hugh from Brookyn

Say it ain't so, Congressman!

This city desperately needs someone of substance and recognition to run against this city's petty dictator Michael Bloomberg.

Jun. 01 2009 10:08 AM
superf88

Last month Rep. Weiner caught flack for supporting outsourcing US jobs to Haiti, explaining that "better a friend" than a frenemy like China (paraphrasing!).

source:http://www.politickerny.com/3334/weiner-praises-haiti-unite-here-unacceptable

GM Asia has major sales and manufacturing operations in China. According to the company it is the leader there in sales of several categories including passenger cars and has been in China "for eight decades."

source: http://www.gm.com/corporate/about/global_operations/asia_pacific/chin.jsp

Given GM's success in China, and its financial backing by US banks including bailout recipients such as Citibank, do you stand by the US government's continued support of GM -- even if it means that the plan calls partly for the Chinese business to prop up the US business.

And, most interestingly, how can the US government and investor prevent GM from
becoming a China-based car exporter (and possibly China's largest domestic exporter) -- and why on earth shouldn't GM (via GM Asia or another straw man) follow exactly that strategy?

And would your opinion be the same if Haiti was in the position China is today?

Jun. 01 2009 09:00 AM
George from Bay Ridge

Does Mr. Weiner have plans to run for mayor in the future?

What are his thoughts on single payer health insurance? Reform of entitlement spending?

Jun. 01 2009 04:56 AM

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