Eliot Spitzer

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Eliot Laurence Spitzer (born June 10, 1959) is an American politician who served as the 54th Governor of New York from 2007 until his resignation on March 17, 2008. Following his eight year term as Attorney General of New York, Spitzer was elected Governor in 2006, succeeding three-term incumbent George Pataki. Soon after taking office, Spitzer was embroiled in a prostitution scandal that culminated in his resignation. Following his resignation, he hosted a short-lived program, Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer on Current TV. Growing up in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York, he was third and youngest child of real estate tycoon Bernard Spitzer and Anne Goldhaber, both the children of Jewish immigrants to New York. He received a Bachelor's degree at Princeton University and his Juris Doctor at Harvard Law School. He entered legal practice with the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind... More

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Eliot Spitzer #Society #Wisdom

Photo of Eliot Spitzer After 25-plus years as a lawyer, prosecutor, and defense attorney, I have developed a deep appreciation for both the wisdom of the law and the role that jurists play in framing the rights and responsibilities that define our society.
Eliot Spitzer #Death

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Yes, people pull the trigger - but guns are the instrument of death. Gun control is necessary, and delay means more death and horror.
Eliot Spitzer #Faith

Photo of Eliot Spitzer As someone with a deep faith in competition and the market, I also know that markets only work with tough enforcement of the rules that guarantee competition and fair play - and that the pressure to break those rules only gets stronger as the amount of money involved gets larger.
Eliot Spitzer #Success

Photo of Eliot Spitzer The Occupy movement needs an organizing principle, and - just as the Tea Party did - it needs some actual measures of success. Choose one candidate whose agenda is squarely within that of the movement and make his or her electoral success a focal point.
Eliot Spitzer #Fear

Photo of Eliot Spitzer President Obama is doing the right thing by offering young immigrants, most often in this country through no action of their own, a chance to live and work openly, free from the fear of deportation.
Eliot Spitzer #Government

Photo of Eliot Spitzer I stand before you today because this vision of government as the engine of opportunity is what I believe in.
Eliot Spitzer #Government

Photo of Eliot Spitzer I love and always have loved policy issues and trying to have an impact on the issues that are out there. I cherish my years in government. I have loved my participation at CNN, at Current writing teaching. Where I will go next, I will have to sort out.
Eliot Spitzer #Government

Photo of Eliot Spitzer We are all used to paying a sales tax when we buy things - almost 9 percent here in New York City. The application of this concept to the financial sector could solve our need for revenue, bring some sanity back into the financial sector, and give us a way to raise the revenue we need to run the government in a fiscally responsible way.
Eliot Spitzer #Government #Health

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Health care reform, the marquee legislative accomplishment of the Obama administration's first term, was passed before we entered the world of divided government.
Eliot Spitzer #Sports

Photo of Eliot Spitzer A significant piece of the wealth that the NFL owners garner is a result of the enormous TV revenues they get - and those revenues are supported by a legislatively granted exemption from the antitrust laws that has been made applicable to sports leagues, primarily the NFL.
Eliot Spitzer #History #Politics

Photo of Eliot Spitzer A year is an eternity in politics - though less than a moment in history.
Eliot Spitzer #Parenting

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Don't reward bad behavior. It is one of the first rules of parenting. During the financial cataclysm of 2008, we said it differently. When we bailed out banks that had created their own misfortune, we called it a 'moral hazard,' because the bailout absolved the bank's bad acts and created an incentive for it to make the same bad loans again.
Eliot Spitzer #Politics #Science

Photo of Eliot Spitzer It's time to let science and medicine, not politics and rhetoric, lead us to good, sound policy.
Eliot Spitzer #Politics

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Sometimes in politics, you think you've seen it all. Turns out I was wrong.
Eliot Spitzer #Politics #Smile

Photo of Eliot Spitzer In politics you learn to always smile.
Eliot Spitzer #Politics

Photo of Eliot Spitzer I do not believe that politics in the long run is about individuals. It is about ideas.
Eliot Spitzer #Society

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Companies that pollute should be taxed so that a product's cost to society is reflected in the price of that product.
Eliot Spitzer #Technology

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Technology is neutral: It convicts and finds innocents. We must make it a regularized part of the system, giving defendants access to DNA testing and evidence whenever it might be relevant.
Eliot Spitzer #Change #Strength

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Some say that I should settle down, go slower and not push so hard, so quickly for such transformational change. To them, I say that you misunderstand the size of the problems we face, the strength of the status quo and the urgency of the people's desire for change.
Eliot Spitzer #Death

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Our criminal justice system is fallible. We know it, even though we don't like to admit it. It is fallible despite the best efforts of most within it to do justice. And this fallibility is, at the end of the day, the most compelling, persuasive, and winning argument against a death penalty.
Eliot Spitzer #Faith #Family #Trust

Photo of Eliot Spitzer From those to whom much is given, much is expected. I have been given much - the love of my family, the faith and trust of the people of New York, and the chance to lead this state. I am deeply sorry that I did not live up to what was expected of me.
Eliot Spitzer #Family

Photo of Eliot Spitzer I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to my family and violates my, or any, sense of right and wrong. I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the public, whom I promised better.
Eliot Spitzer #Freedom

Photo of Eliot Spitzer When the United States was founded, the very idea of a nation premised on democratic principles of freedom and tolerance was viewed by the vast majority of the world as an experiment doomed to fail. Dictatorships, monarchies, and theocracies had for many centuries ruled the world.
Eliot Spitzer #Future

Photo of Eliot Spitzer The Republican argument that raising the debt ceiling encourages additional future spending is logically irresponsible. The debt ceiling has to be raised to authorize spending already approved by Congress. Despite that fallacy, the GOP has been able to score political points with its argument.
Eliot Spitzer #Government

Photo of Eliot Spitzer Power must be used, but it must be tempered by soul-searching and the recognition of our human capacity for error. That is the maxim that should inform our approach to every challenge, from reforming state government to engaging in foreign affairs.