THE BRADENTON HERALD

Schneider backs up challenge made to Rep. Buchanan

By Jan Schneider

MARCH 20, 2017

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, has repeatedly voted to turn Medicare into a “premium support payment,” aka “voucher,” system. When I pointed this out at his town hall meeting, Rep. Buchanan accused me by name of deliberately misstating his record. In this age of “fake news,” however, here is evidence supporting my statement.  READ MORE

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Trump wrong about ‘police state’ blame on Obama

By Jan Schneider

MARCH 7, 2017

The strategic offensive principle of war provides that “(the) best defense is a good offense.” The attack via Twitter by President Donald Trump against his predecessor is, however, beyond reason.

In tweets early Saturday morning, President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of orchestrating a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to wiretap Trump Tower shortly before the November 2016 election. While citing no evidence and providing none later in the day, Trump likened the alleged surveillance to “McCarthyism” and labeled Obama a “[b]ad (or sick) guy!” A spokesperson for Obama, of course, denied the accusation. READ MORE

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Trump’s selection of Price could destroy Medicare

By Jan Schneider
DECEMBER 3, 2016 3:02 PM

Selection by President-elect Donald Trump of Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., to head Health and Human Services should alarm those concerned with security for seniors. Price is a strong proponent of “privatization” of Medicare.

Price and other House Republicans, including Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, have repeatedly voted to undermine Medicare. Price sponsored a concurrent resolution establishing the federal budget for fiscal year 2016. H. Con. Res. 27 assumed that “when future generations reach eligibility, Medicare is reformed to provide a premium support payment…” On March 25, 2015, Buchanan voted for it. Both representatives also voted for four prior Paul Ryan budget resolutions providing for converting Medicare to a “premium support” (aka “voucher”) system. These “yeas” were for FY 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 (H. Con. Res. 34, 112, 25 and 96 respectively). READ MORE

THE SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE
Choice for Cabinet threatens Medicare

Jan Schneider, Sarasota
Schneider is a former candidate for Congress
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at 5:53 PM

Selection by President-elect Donald Trump of Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) to head Health and Human Services should alarm those concerned with security for seniors. Price is a strong proponent of “privatizing” Medicare. READ MORE

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Jan Schneider: Separate traditional banks from investment banks — again

By Jan Schneider, Guest Columnist
Published: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.

Last week marked the 16th anniversary of the repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, part of the Banking Act of 1933. Legislation to revive Glass-Steagall is pending in Congress, and the issue is gaining prominence in the 2016 residential campaign. READ MORE

THE BRADENTON HERALD
A cheer and a jeer to Rep. Vern Buchanan on health care issues

By Jan Schneider

In response to Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Longboat Key) on “The day bipartisanship broke out in Washington” (Herald, April 5):

Yes, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 is a laudable step forward. Its “doc fix” should help ensure seniors continued access to quality medical services and health care providers fair and reliable compensation for services. READ MORE

THE BRADENTON HERALD
Rep. Vern Buchanan off base on many issues

By Jan Schneider

This responds to Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Longboat Key, on “Restoring the American dream through opportunity” Jan. 24 commentary in the Herald.

While the objective is noble, our congressman proposes three main measures unlikely to promote it.
First, regarding “job training:” the Supporting Knowledge and Investing in Lifelong Skills Act (H.R. 803), touted in the Buchanan piece, is not an answer. The SKILLS Act passed the House of Representatives last March by a vote of 215 to 202, with only two Democrats for and 14 Republicans against. READ MORE

BRADENTON HERALD

July 11, 2013
Letters To The Editor

(Note: This letter is no longer on the Bradenton Herald website)

There are 11 million undocumented aliens in the United States. This threatens national security and is bad for the economy.

The U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), the amended “Gang of Eight” comprehensive immigration reform bill, on June 27, 2013. The vote was 68 to 32, with 14 Republicans joining the 52 Democrats and two independents in voting “yea.”

On July 3, the Congressional Budget Office released revised estimates of the impacts of S.744. The bill would decrease federal deficits by $158 billion in 2014 through 2023 and by $685 billion over the following decade. And S.744 would also reduce projected net inflow of unauthorized residents by one-third to one-half compared with current law. Further, the Congressional Budget Office previously estimated that such immigration reform would increase gross domestic product by 3.3 percent by 2023 and 5.4 percent by 2033.

No one likes the bill; many support it. To some arch-conservatives, amnesty is a dirty word. S.744 provides a road to citizenship for many of the 11 million illegal immigrants.

On the other hand, to some immigrant rights groups, the bill is unnecessarily punitive. S.744 will double border agents to 40,000, add 700 miles of fencing on the southern border and even expand use of drones, all of which may lead to unnecessary deaths.

If Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Marco Rubio (R-FL), both leading proponents, can manage to agree that S.744 is a good thing, the rest of us should join this spirit of compromise. Immigration reform now rests with the House of Representatives. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-LBK), are you listening?

Jan Schneider
Sarasota

THE OBSERVER
My View: Women should fight for rights

By Jan Schneider, Guest Columnist
Published: THURSDAY, SEP. 13, 2012

There was brief unity in condemning ludicrous notions of “legitimate rape” and ability of the female body “to shut that whole thing down” touted by Congressman Todd Akin (R-Missouri) Aug. 19.

Every politician who could capture a microphone rushed to blast the heretofore obscure Missouri congressman running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri). READ MORE

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My View:Mortgage settlement is hardly ‘landmark’

By Jan Schneider
PUBLISHED: THURSDAY, FEB. 23, 2012

While President Obama is hailing his $26-billion mortgage servicing settlement as “a landmark settlement” that will “speed relief to homeowners” and “begin to turn the page on an era of recklessness,” in truth, the deal affords only modest relief to homeowners and fails to address systemic flaws that precipitated the 2008 financial meltdown.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Ally Financial handle about 27 million or 55% of outstanding home loans. The $26 billion settlement with these “big five” will be accomplished over three years, and the payout could increase if the next nine servicers sign on. READ MORE

THE SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE
No to Buchanan ‘job’ bill

By Jan Schneider
PUBLISHED: Thursday, December 29, 2011

U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R- Longboat Key, recently introduced a bill euphemistically labeled the Job Creation Act of 2011 (H.R. 3487).

Two parts of H.R. 3487 may relate to job creation. Title I, on trade, pushes controversial free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. Title II, on tax reform, touts the questionable notion that simplification and rate reductions will lead to jobs. READ MORE

SARASOTA HERALD TRIBUNE

Guest: Buchanan offers no insight on jobs

By JAN SCHNEIDER, THOMAS E. COLER and WALLACE TURNER Guest Columnists
Published: Saturday, June 12, 2010
OPINION

The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released its May 2010 Employment Situation Summary. Our congressman, Vern Buchanan, recently sent out a glossy mailer titled “Where Are the Jobs?” Both raise issues of the “good news, bad news” variety — mostly the latter.

Nationwide, the good news is that total nonfarm payroll employment grew by 431,000 jobs. Up from 290,000 jobs in April, this was the biggest gain in more than a decade. The bad news is that the 431,000 figure included 411,000 temporary employees hired for Census 2010.READ MORE

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Modernized banking act will shift risks from taxpayers

By Jan Schneider, Guest Columnist
Published: Monday, January 25, 2010

The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 and the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (the “bailout” that created the Troubled Assets Relief Program or “TARP”) under former President George W. Bush were followed by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 at the beginning of Obama administration. This legislation was crisis-oriented, aimed at jump-starting economic activity. Now Congress needs to consider measures to reduce the likelihood of future financial meltdowns — including a modernized form of Glass-Steagall restrictions. READ MORE

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Initiate a responsible withdrawal from Afghanistan

AN SCHNEIDER, THOMAS E. COLER and WALLACE E. TURNER
Guest Columnists
Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009

President Barack Obama announced the intention to send 30,000 additional combat forces to Afghanistan, in order to “seize the initiative” in this “epicenter of violent extremism.” This is on top of 68,000 U.S. troops already there after infusion of 17,000 earlier this year, plus another 45,000 from NATO. READ MORE

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Buchanan offers little help on health reform

By JAN SCHNEIDER and THOMAS E. COLER Guest Columnists
Published: Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Regarding U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan’s Aug. 2 guest column, “Cut health care costs without doing harm”:
“Do no harm” is a start, and we agree with most of the other guidelines professed by Rep. Buchanan. Nevertheless, with the U.S. health care system in critical need of reform, our congressman has offered no practical guidance. READ MORE

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The nation loses in a domestic political war over Iraq

GUEST COLUMNIST / Jan Schneider
Published: Wednesday, April 4, 2007

In his famous treatise on war, Carl von Clausewitz declared that “war is merely a continuation of politics by other means.” President Bush and Congress seem determined to turn this observation on its head, re-enacting the Iraq war in domestic politics. Such a partisan battle can have no victor, but both the country and our troops are unquestionably the losers.

Many of us applaud the results of the latest conflict over Iraq-war funding. Defying a presidential veto, both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved appropriations bills calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The Senate version would initiate withdrawals within 120 days of passage, with a nonbinding goal of having all U.S. combat troops out by March 31, 2008. The House set a firm deadline of Aug. 31, 2008, and established benchmarks for the Iraqi government as conditions for continuing support. READ MORE