Joined 4 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey. Last activity 4 hours ago.




I am a 56 year old financial services professional. I graduated from Wagner College in 1980 with a B.S in Economics & Business Administration with a minor in Sociology. My interests beyond economics lie in politics, literature, theater, 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 and 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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    The Sunni-Shia Islamic Divide Brought To A Crossroads By ISIL

    2 weeks ago

    Sunni and Shia Islamists have fought for centuries over culture and politics. The rise of ISIL has brought this to a head. What are the origins and how should we react? I will examine these questions.

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    Supply Side Economics v. Progressive Tax Policies

    2 months ago

    Conservatives argue for lower tax rates to stimulate economic growth. Are they always right? If not, when are they wrong? I argue that progressive tax policies also help and often do. I will explain.

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    American Exceptionalism - Facts And Myths

    5 months ago

    The term American Exceptionalism is often proclaimed but never really examined. I will examine it in its entirety and reveal its facts and myths. This knowledge could help us fully realize this ideal.

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    The Historical Circle Of Racism In Three Recent Events

    15 months ago

    The Paula Deen scandal, George Zimmerman murder case, and the Voting Rights Act decision encapsulate the recent historical circle of racism in the United States. What lessons may we learn from this?

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    The Genius And The Abuse Of The Tenth Amendment

    2 years ago

    I am returning as promised to some Constitutional analysis. Approximately eight months ago I wrote a Hub entitled "The Genius And The Neglect Of The Ninth Amendment". The Ninth and Tenth Amendments were...

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    The Genius And The Neglect Of The Ninth Amendment

    2 years ago

    The development and ratification of the United States Constitution was one of the greatest breakthroughs for governance in world history. One of the promises that secured the ratification of this document was the...

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    How Do Political Labels Define And Divide Us?

    2 years ago

    I often wondered when I was a younger man why there were so many different music labels. The music stores would classify music as Hard Rock, Reggae, Heavy Metal, Hip Hop, Jazz, or Alternative. These are just a few...

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    The Truth Behind The Debt Ceiling Debate

    2 years ago

    The debate going on now regarding the conditions for raising the United States Debt Ceiling have been predictably political and murky. It is true that progressive Democrats have emphasized protecting social programs and...

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    The United States Foreign Policy Balancing Act Above The Middle East Fires

    2 years ago

    The Middle East has been ablaze in revolutionary fervor since December 17, 2010 when a Tunisian vegetable salesman set himself on fire. This ocurred after a policewoman fined him and confiscated his cart. He tried to...

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    Why Free Trade Is Far More Preferable Than Protectionism

    3 years ago

    The financial meltdown of 2008 and the resulting deep recession have brought enormous pressure upon the governments of the many nations of the world including the United States. The world economy has been remarkably...

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    The Causes Of The 2008 Financial Meltdown And The Reforms Enacted - Are They Enough?

    16 months ago

    The 2008 financial meltdown was the worst economic crisis for the United States since the stock market crash of 1929 and the subsequent Great Depression. The root of the problem resided in the collapse of the housing...

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    Immigration Reform - Supply and Demand Plus The American Dream

    2 years ago

    The immigration reform debate in the United States has included many proposals over the past few years. It has also included a troublesome amount of histrionics from all quarters. Unfortunately most of the solutions...

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    Healthcare Reform - Reject or Perfect?

    2 years ago

    What is the state of U.S. health care now that the dust has settled following the health care reform battle of 2009 and early 2010? The opposing sides have vastly contrary views regarding this matter mostly formed to...

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    Let's Honestly Discuss Prejudice and Bigotry and Not Sweep it Under the Rug

    24 months ago

    The Shirley Sherrod doctored viral video episode is the latest example of a racial incident gone awry. The biggest tragedy to my mind is that it appears we are once again going to miss an opportunity to honestly have a...

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