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Howard Schneider

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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.

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(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 16, 2012
Citizens United and the Balance Between Free Speech and Fair ElectionsThe United States Supreme Court issued a 5-4 rulin The 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision turned our electoral processes upside down. Corporations and the wealthy are now able to spend in an unlimited fashion to elect their candidates who will do their bidding. It is rigging our system and drowning out the rights of most Americans. Corporations, unions, and other groups are not people and do not deserve the same freedom of speech rights. We need fair elections again.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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 More Sharing        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.

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