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Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Self Description

February 2005: "...Senator from New York; born in Tulsa, Tulsa County, Okla., March 16, 1927; attended the public and parochial schools of New York City; attended City College of New York 1943; graduated, Tufts University, Medford, Mass., 1948; received graduate and law degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy 1949, 1961, 1968; studied as a Fulbright fellow, London School of Economics and Political Science 1950-1951; served in the United States Navy 1944-1947; Navy reserve 1947-1966; assistant and secretary to New York Governor W. Averell Harriman 1955-1958; member, New York State Tenure Commission 1959-1960; director, Syracuse University’s New York State Government Research Project 1959-1961; director, Joint Center for Urban Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University 1966-1969; author; held cabinet or sub-cabinet positions under Presidents John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Gerald Ford 1961-1976; Ambassador to India 1973-1975; United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations 1975-1976; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1976; reelected in 1982, 1988, and 1994 and served from January 3, 1977, to January 3, 2001; was not a candidate for reelection in 2000; chairman, Committee on the Environment and Public Works (One Hundred Second and One Hundred Third Congresses); Committee on Finance (One Hundred Third Congress); awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on August 9, 2000; professor at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School 2001; senior scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars 2001-2003; died of complications from a ruptured appendix on March 26, 2003; interment at Arlington National Cemetery. Moynihan, Daniel Patrick. On the Law of Nations. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1990; Katzmann, Robert A., ed. Daniel Patrick Moynihan: The Intellectual in Public Life. Washington, D.C.: The Woodrow Wilson Center Press, 1998." scripts/

Third-Party Descriptions

February 2010: "Section 1706 was originally sponsored by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York, who hoped that forcing highly paid software developers to become employees would limit their ability to take advantage of tax breaks for small businesses. Ironically, it was also Moynihan who, when a study determined the law was not bringing in the desired tax revenue, tried to have it repealed a year later. He failed, and it's still on the books today. Off the Record submissions"

March 2007: As an Irish American politician, the late, great Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan felt he had a duty to speak out against the Irish Republican Army in Northern Ireland. He considered IRA members to be nothing more than murderers. From time to time, some of his constituents who sympathized with the IRA would complain. 'There is a war in Northern Ireland,' they pleaded. 'The IRA are not terrorists; they are soldiers.'

March 2005: Two decades ago, the late senator-scholar Daniel Patrick Moynihan remarked that 'everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.' Now, ideologues are claiming their own facts as well.

December 2005: Those anxieties about unknown threats have ebbed and flowed since World War I, according to a bipartisan government commission chaired by Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

February 2005: "The difference is that Tim Penney, Bill Clinton, John Breaux, and Daniel Patrick Moynihan proposed making those changes for everyone in the system, including people already receiving, or about to receive, checks."


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Supervisor of (past or present) Senator Richard Blumenthal Esq. Person Nov 19, 2008
Supervisor of (past or present) Prof. Chester E. Finn Jr., Ph.D. Person May 22, 2011

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Feb 07, 2011 Social Scientist Sees Bias Within

QUOTE: Dr. Haidt argued that social psychologists are a “tribal-moral community” united by “sacred values” that hinder research and damage their credibility — and blind them to the hostile climate they’ve created for non-liberals.

New York Times
Feb 25, 2010 Fixing independent programmers' no-win scenario: A hostile business climate is stifling entrepreneurship in software development, and the U.S. economy pays the price

QUOTE: certain classes of workers, including anyone who engages as a "computer programmer, systems analyst, or other similarly skilled worker engaged in a similar line of work," are considered de facto employees for tax purposes...The IRS can impose significant tax penalties on companies who hire such workers as contractors rather than full employees, a fact that can make it extremely difficult for self-employed programmers to find work.

Mar 18, 2007 When Terrorists Become 'Warriors'

QUOTE: Not a single Sept. 11 planner has been held accountable for his crimes, but they can all crow that America sees them as they see themselves: as soldiers, not criminals.

Washington Post
Aug 21, 2006 A Decade After Welfare Overhaul, a Shift in Policy and Perception

QUOTE: Conservatives are pushing for stiffer work requirements and for more attention to marriage as an antidote to poverty. Many moderates and liberals want to broaden support for poor workers by providing more money for child care, more access to unemployment insurance and higher minimum wages. And many experts say the states have yet to come to grips with the group of single mothers whose lives are so troubled that they are unlikely to hold steady jobs.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2005 Pushing the Limits Of Wartime Powers

QUOTE: In his four-year campaign against al Qaeda, President Bush has turned the U.S. national security apparatus inward to secretly collect information on American citizens on a scale unmatched since the intelligence reforms of the 1970s....the third time in as many months that the White House has been obliged to defend a departure from previous restraints on domestic surveillance. In each case, the Bush administration concealed the program's dimensions or existence from the public and from most members of Congress.

Washington Post
Nov 30, 2005 Crooked Capital

QUOTE: both parties in Washington engage in what critics have called legalized bribery: taking money from special interests while voting on the legislation that affects them; taking golfing and other trips with lobbyists and then doing their bidding on the Hill.

Washington Post
Mar 20, 2005 My Bias for Mainstream News

QUOTE: Partisans on the left and right have formed cottage industries devoted to discrediting what they dismissively call the "mainstream media" -- the networks, daily newspapers and newsmagazines. Their goal: to steer readers and viewers toward ideologically driven outlets that will confirm their own views and protect them from disagreeable facts. In an increasingly fragmented media world, ideologues have already devolved into parallel universes, in which liberals and conservatives can select talk radio hosts, cable news pundits and blogs that share their prejudices.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2005 Bush to Geezers: Save Yourselves! On Social Security, the president says to throw the kids overboard.

QUOTE: The president painted his plan to alter the Social Security system as a grand bargain in which the current generation of older Americans, like parents saving for their children's college tuition, would forgo some small benefit so that the next generation could reap huge rewards. Sounds terrific. Except what Bush proposed is actually the exact opposite...