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I am a 54 year old financial services professional. I graduated from Wagner College in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Business Administration with a minor in Sociology. My interests beyond economics lie in politics, literature, theatre, music, and sports. I have always enjoyed writing and I look forward to writing on my varied interests to express my views and interact with others to explore their views. I invite differences of opinion and I am open to having my mind change. The only permanence is change.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, April 1, 2013 The Path of Gay Marriage From State Rights to Human Rights
This article describes my personal journey as well as the public debate on gay marriage. It is one that historically was left to the states to decide but has now evolved into one regarding human rights. It mirrors in most ways the civil-rights and women's-rights movements. I will describe the history of this debate and both arguments. Finally I will describe the evolution and conclusion of my views on this issue.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, June 2, 2012 Liberty And Freedom But Only If You Are A Man
I will detail the multi-pronged Far Right campaign against freedom of choice and liberty of action for women. Social conservatives and religious fundamentalists wish to place and retain women in their neat, Bible inspired family box. These, holier than thou, men are then able to make all their choices and determine their place in society. We must fight this campaign relentlessly for women and for all of our societal rights.
(16 comments) SHARE Wednesday, April 11, 2012 A True National Discussion Is Needed Regarding Bigotry And Prejudice
Our national media and politicians jump on every racial incident and milk them for all their worth. Never do they truly initiate a discussion of the true racial issues involved. These are glossed over and then everyone moves on to the next exciting story. No lessons are ever learned and this deep national plaque continues on and simmers. I am pleading in this article for this to change after the Trayvon Martin shooting.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, March 6, 2012 A New Focus And Direction For The Occupy Wall Street Movement
The positive changes that the OWS movement have imprinted on the American psyche have been extremely valuable. Unfortunately their message has been somewhat muddled. The electorate is not quite sure what they are advocating for and may soon turn their attention to other stories and events. This article is my attempt to give OWS a more focused list of causes and goals which all Americans can readily understand and rally around.
(34 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 1, 2011 Fair Markets And Compassion Should Determine A New Immigration Reform Plan
The immigration debate has been marked by a high level of outlandish rhetoric while playing to people's fears and prejudices. Few leaders have attempted to define the problems involved with solutions designed to address those problems. My belief is that ethnic bigotry is driving this debate instead of sincere attempts to solve this serious dilemma. I will define the problems and propose sensible solutions to address them.
(11 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 31, 2011 American Public Education At A Crossroads
American public education was one of the greatest innovations of the 19th century. It was the envy of the world. Unfortunately it has been declining for a couple of decades and needs some serious innovative thinking to reform it. Public education still works in many areas and does not necessarily need a complete overhaul. A total examination of the system is needed where we keep its best aspects and change where needed.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 9, 2011 United States Foreign Policy Must Positively Adapt To A Middle East In Transition
The Middle East has been ablaze in revolutionary demonstrations throughout 2011 after a Tunisian vegetable salesman set himself on fire to protest government ineptitude. The U.S. has struggled to respond to each new crisis but has been tending towards supporting the Middle East people over authoritarian rulers. Not all situations are the same. They must use differing tactics with each crisis to cause a proper outcome.
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 30, 2011 The Anatomy of the Debt Ceiling Showdown
The debt ceiling crisis facing our country now threatens to throw our economy into a Depression if the ceiling is not raised. I will be giving you a brief history of the debt ceiling and a short explanation of what it is. Then I will present a summary of the proposals of both parties followed by my own plan. Finally I will depict what the possible consequences will be if the debt ceiling is not raised.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 21, 2011 We Can Balance Our Budget While Still Investing In Our Future
Our federal budget will probably be shrunken in one way or the other in the near future. I presented an example of this in an earlier article. I present here ways to invest that will ensure our future and economic growth while remaining budget neutral. These include tax incentives to invest. Also investments in renewable energy, education, and new medical and technological advances.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 14, 2011 The Myth of Strict Constructionism and Conservative Judicial Restraint
Conservative Republicans and Tea Party activists have been arguing vehemently that the U.S. should return to its founding principles. Unfortunately they do not check the consistency of their own stances on constitutional issues. More often than not, they stretch constitutional law quite elastically to make their political point. My article will show several examples proving that conservative judicial restraint is a myth.
(13 comments) SHARE Monday, July 4, 2011 Corporate America And The GOP Are Partnering To Hijack Our Democracy
This article traces the history of Corporate America and the Republicans plan to eliminate many sources of Democrat voting and campaign funding. They have also found new ways of maximizing their own funding primarily through the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. I have attempted to show most of the steps they have taken together to accomplish this. My aim is to open the eyes of America so we can save our democracy.
(13 comments) SHARE Friday, July 1, 2011 A Progressive Response To The Paul Ryan Path To Working Class Oblivion
Rep. Paul Ryan submitted a draconian social re-engineering budget plan a couple of months ago which will destroy most of the social programs of our working class. I am delivering a more evenhanded response to that plan. These programs will be cut sharply while also raising revenues and slashing defense sharply. This plan comes close to balancing the budget while the Ryan plan and its additional tax breaks falls far short.