LI Businessman and Political Commentator Robert Zimmerman Presents "Balancing Government and Capitalism — Making Both Work" at LIMBA
Robert Zimmerman (second from right), co-president of Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc. Marketing Advertising Public Relations and a political commentator for Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting on February 2 at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. Also pictured (left to right): Ken Nevor, Member, LIMBA; Ernie Fazio, Chairman, LIMBA; and Robert Doyle, Partner, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP, one of the annual program sponsors.
On February 2, Robert Zimmerman, co-president of Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc. Marketing Advertising Public Relations and a political commentator for Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC, was the guest speaker at the LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) meeting at the Courtyard Marriott in Ronkonkoma. The topic was “Balancing Government and Capitalism — Making Both Work.”
Mr. Zimmerman said today’s issues affecting Long Islanders — whether it is taxes, infrastructure problems, or public transportation — transcends partisanship; these problems affect Republicans and Democrats alike. He believes these problems can be solved if the government and the private sector work together. One example is Suffolk County, where its Industrial Development Agency attracts companies to the county by providing financial incentives such as tax breaks and grows the local economy. One of the biggest accomplishments for Suffolk, Mr.Zimmerman said, was keeping Canon’s North American headquarters in Melville. Public/private partnerships are necessary to make Long Island an economically viable region.
While he is glad to see the national economy improve, Mr. Zimmerman said he wishes to see more job training programs available to prepare the future workforce and job growth increase at a greater rate. He added that the Trump administration has often manipulated the economic and employment figures to its benefit and, when a politician does that, it actually does more harm than good to the economy. He recommended using PolitiFact and The Washington Post Fact Checker to verify such statements.
On immigration and foreign policy, Mr. Zimmerman believes in strong border security; however, he does not think legal immigrants should be turned away, nor should undocumented immigrants be deported. He also said the U.S. is hurting itself by moving away from the world’s stage, citing the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord as an example. He also warned that the U.S. should not engage in a trade war with China over tariffs because, in the end, consumers will be paying more for everyday products.
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Since 1968, LIMBA (Long Island Metro Business Action) has been Long Island’s catalyst for economic investment and improvement, sponsoring lively breakfast forums featuring Long Island business activists and government officials. Its mission is to promote and address issues that affect the quality of life on Long Island. For more information, call (631) 757-1698 or visit www.limba.net.