PoliticsI am the Libertarian Party Candidate for US Senate in NY, Alex Merced, running against Chuck Schumer. Ask me Anything!
Sep 26th 2016 by thealexmerced • 23 Questions • 495 Points
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what do you as a libertarian have to offer that schumer doesnt ?
How often does a man come in and you think...That man does not have boobs that need fixing?
As libertarian I have completely different view on foreign policy and the drug war than the democrats and republicans. FP/DW are the issues in my opinion take the most lives everyday and Libertarians are the biggest party speaking out against regime change and the drug war which Chuck Schumer has supported and funded.
As a elected rep I also want to change what people expect from their elected representatives by using social media to be very accessible to my constituents with weekly livestream about my votes and more.
Chuck Schumer only seems to care about what will keep him in the headlines.
It's all what the GUY thinks. Not what we think. But we do have to manage expectations. A 350lb 5'3" guy isn't going to walk out looking like he was in the cast of 300 no matter what we do.
As a NYer on Long Island who hates Schumer why should I vote for you over the Republican candidate?
Wait a minute... did Corey Feldman come to you looking for a boob job?
Wendy Long isn't campaigning, I was in syracuse for the state fair, she wasn't. I was at Binghamton for Spiedie Fest, She wasnt. etc.
She lost by the largest margin in NY history in 2012 against Gillibrand and her campaign has raised less money than it did then and has had less support.
While I'm not a cash rich candidate, I have been very efficient with the funds we have received to be traveling the state meeting actual people, having an actual social media strategy, and putting out original policy ideas in line with my values.
Wendy has done none of this, and for those who are #nevertrump Wendy has pretty much just been an echo chamber for Trump resting her hopes on Trump instead of running her own campaign.
No, but even if he did, I'd still say have to say no. HIPPA.
What qualifications do you possess to serve in our nation's highest legislative body?
Have you ever held a position of public service or run for office before?
Do you expect your leaders to have deep resumes and broad public service experience, or is "blogger" an acceptable qualification to be a US Senator?
What is the highest level of education you have completed, and how did you utilize that education?
Have you ever had patients have their man boobs reemerge after surgery or is this generally a one and done procedure?
I also ran for NYC public advocate in 2013 as the LP candidate
Usually one and done.
What's the biggest boobs a guy has had that you have seen?
A large C cup. I was suitably impressed.
Who are some of your favorite libertarian philosophers/economists, and who are some of your favorite people to work with in the current party/on your campaign?
Have you ever had a client who had a pair which you'd consider to be a nice pair on a woman?
I was "awoken" by Ron Paul in 2007 so of course by Ideological journey included a heavy dose of Ludwig Von Mises/F.A. Hayek/Murray Rothbard guided by the Amazing Thomas Woods and Robert Murphy. This is probably why I'm quite economics oriented.
I love everyone in the party which is why I have become quite loyal to the Libertarian party because the people are meet are in the LP as a career or for power but soley because they genuinely care about individual rights and liberty.
Most of my experience is with the NYLP who have become my extended family including people who should be household names like Larry Sharpe, Brian Waddell and Aaron Commey. The Upstate chapters have been some the most active and awesome people I have ever met. (Rachael, Charles, Sean, Jim, Mark, Jarrod, John, etc.)
I have had the opportunity to spend some time with Steve Scheetz from PA and Patrick McKnight from NJ who are also very Awesome.
Not to put too fine a point on it, I know women who've paid to have what some men would pay to get rid of.
What's the common age for us males to acquire these "man-boobs" (I prefer the term "moobs", personally)? I'm 35 ... am I out of the woods - or "over the hills" - yet?
Some of our best Senators like Rand Paul didn't have a resume of public service, and honest those with records of public service are people who've already been corrupted for it.
I don't have the same experience sending people to fight and die abroad as Schumer
I don't have the same experience as wasting tax payer money to fight the war on drugs making things worse as Schumer
I do have experience running a small business as I started as hobby retail store chain when I was in college at the age of 20
I understand the financial system as I've spent the last eight years training people all over the financial industry getting to know its inner workings
I have lived in suburban, urban, and rural settings appreciating the different challenges of these settings.
I understand technology and the new economic opportunities because I have embraced blogging, podcasting and new media.
A lot of this everyday people experience is experience Chuck Schumer lacks as he immediately went to the State Assembly and never had to understand the real lives of real people
If you want a traditional political then vote for the same corrupt resumes, but I'm offering something different.
70% of men over 50 have gynecomastia!! The other common times are neonatal and adolescent- because of the sudden hormonal changes. So if you are in the 35s, it would be a good idea to look at your medicine cabinet, how your relatives look (can be somewhat familial, like your hair texture or height) or any other contributing medical conditions
Any idea of what the funding difference is between you and Schumer?
How are you managing to use your funds to their limit?
What is your go to karaoke song?
Schumer is the biggest fundraiser in the democratic party, he's using his millions from Wall Street and Big Pharma to fund the democratic senate races across the country and isn't really spending in the actual race in NY.
I'm not going to raise near what he has but we've been very deliberate in how we use the money by placing very well targeted and effective online ads where we've reach 100,000s of people across the state. Making trips to the biggest events across the state and traveling in cheap hotels by the cheapest travel. I'm taking every dollar very seriously and people will find despite the shoe string budget we will have run quite competitively.
Although we can always use more to up our efforts which you can donate at AlexMercedforNY.com/Donate
We take all donations seriously and you will see every dollar used to expose people to the values we are advocating for.
RAWR. Go Kelly!
Are you suggesting we amend the constitution to remove the copyright clause?
Can I see you're previous work? What is the most challenging part of this surgery and what problems do you typical find during surgery and after follows up?
Not really, doubt there is the political will for that but if politics changed I'd support it
We have pictures here: gynecomastia link
Most people have a pretty dramatic immediate result. But, it takes a loooong time (2-6 months) for all the healing to settle in, toughness to dissolve, and swelling to go down. It can be frustrating to see how much better it's going to get, and people get impatient. I haven't had anyone have any regrets. And as time goes on, they forget how bad it was and start to focus on other areas they are unhappy with. But that's typical for most things. You finish remodeling the kitchen and the living room looks dated and you feel like you need a new couch.
Are you suggesting we amend the constitution to remove the copyright clause?
Are pointy nipples a form of gynecomastia? A man of normal weight without a fatty chest, but nipples that could cut glass, all the time? Is it the same thing, and is it something that can be fixed?
I don't support US involvement not cause I don't care but there really isn't happy ending. It's pretty much matter of control by Assad or Isis both which are bad for the US and the people of Syria. If we choose a side we will earn scorn by the suffering people of Syria.
Aside from help facilitate charities devil wrong food and toys and taking in refugees I don't the US can or should try to interfere more so in the conflict.
For some men, they don't relax very much and the nipple portion is much more prominent. It's not so much a feature of gynecomastia, where the tissue has a softer, fuller, more feminine appearance, usually. It's a variant of normal for men, but if it's something that is really, really bothersome, or if you are a professional window cleaner and you keep damaging buildings with your nipples, then it certainly is possible to reduce them and make them less noticeable/hazardous.
Is it true that the Libertarian platform promotes open borders? How do you propose the countries handles immigration through open borders?
Yes I would
Hello, I'm not from the US.
In your opinion, what's the biggest issue with your country's electoral system?
The main problem with the electorate is how consequential it has become. The more power government has the more elections matter, and the more incentive there is for those in power to place rules that give them advantage to the point individuals have little influence. We can try different voting methods, but as long as governments power is growing any system will be corrupted.