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Harry L. Langer
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A retired successful Commercial Real Estate entrepreneur. Established own firm, H.L. Langer & Co., Inc., in 1960. Varied business experience.

Education: Graduated New York University (1955). Major: Economics. Additional graduate and professional courses in real estate, economics, finance, business, and marketing at NYU and City College.

Active memberships: Real Estate Board of New York, Carnegie Council, Foreign Policy Assn., Hudson Union Society, Asia Society, Americas Society, City Club, and the Citizens Union.

Responsible citizen and activist:

Lifelong avocation: writing, contributing, and advocating solutions to critical issues facing all levels, branches, and agencies of government, both nationally and internationally. Numerous articles and editorial letters published under Harry Langer, Harry L. Langer, and H L Langer in leading newspapers and trade papers

Interests: Economics, Urban Development, Governance, Lectures relating to interests, art, theatre, music, opera.

Entries by Harry L. Langer

Affordable Housing

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2014 | 1:31 AM

Inner-city affordable housing fast:

The selective use of upzoning is the most effective and efficient way to get affordable housing:

1. Any inner city vacant lot over 4000 square feet in low or moderate income areas (particularly those owned by the municipality) should be upzoned 4:1...

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Affordable Universal Healthcare and Social Security

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 11:55 AM

Universal Healthcare and Livable Social Security are essential to save our states, cities, public authorities and public education from the crippling and bankrupting burdens of healthcare and pensions and for economic recovery and national prosperity.

These entitlements would give our Cities and States fiscal and social viability and make our...

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Full Employment via Reindustrialization

(0) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 8:49 AM

REINDUSTRIALIZATION IS THE SOLUTION

Conventional wisdom and academentia (over education without common sense) blame inadequate consumption, low demand, class interests, debt overhang, low inflation and automation as the causes of economic stagnation and the jobs crisis.

However, the primary reason for U.S. structural unemployment, economic stagnation, adverse balance of...

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Demand Real Campaign Reform: The Key to Good Government and Recovery

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Campaign reform is essential to avoid a government run by, and for, special interests, and ensure that public officials focus and act in the public and national interests. Demand legislation to:

(1) Ban any and all gifts or campaign contributions above $500 to any elected official,...

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Stability, Security, Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 11:28 AM

(1) Nations cannot achieve and maintain greatness without a balanced multi-sector economy.

(2) A wealth generating high and low tech industrial base is essential to supply the funds to support a service economy, obtain full employment, achieve a positive trade balance, sustain prosperity, maintain security, and reduce debt.

(3) The...

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Free Public College, Affordable Private College

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2014 | 10:43 AM

Superior relevant education is essential for global competitiveness and national prosperity. The following are suggestions to make it accessible and affordable.

1. Free public education from elementary schools through community and four-year colleges for qualified American citizens with community colleges primarily devoted to commercial and technical skills, and apprenticeship training...

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Transition to Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 10:18 AM

Despite dire predictions to the contrary, it is not true that automation and innovation will cause permanent unemployment shortages and declining wages. While automation may reduce minimum wage assembly line jobs, it creates compensating higher paying jobs in the innovation , design, production, operation, maintenance and installation of sophisticated machine...

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Fix Federal Reserve Board Policies

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 11:22 AM

The Federal Reserve Bank's Policies of Quantitative Easing and providing banks with unlimited, unconditioned, and practically interest free funding from its Open Window Facility and favorable discount rates have failed to create jobs and revenues, and stimulate the economy in proportion to need. These programs: merely further benefit and enrich...

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Re-industrialization and Subprime Fix Key to Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 10:01 AM

The conventional wisdom is that the subprime housing crisis is stalling America's economic recovery and stifling consumerism and that vacant or abandoned housing must be demolished to reduce supply and stabilize bloated home prices. These misconceptions merely camouflage the underlying problems:

  1. structural unemployment resulting from the export of U.S....
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Free Public College

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2013 | 9:52 AM

Superior relevant education is essential for global competitiveness and national prosperity; following are suggestions to make it accessible and affordable:

1. Free public education from elementary schools through community and four year colleges for qualified American citizens with community colleges primarily devoted to commercial and technical skills, and apprenticeship training...

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Federal Reserve Mission Unaccomplished

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 3:35 PM

The Federal Reserve Bank's Policies of Quantitative Easing and providing banks with unlimited, unconditioned, and practically interest free funding from its Open Window Facility and favorable discount rates have failed to create jobs and revenues, and stimulate the economy in proportion to need. These programs merely further benefit the now...

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Transition to Prosperity

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 9:49 PM

Despite dire predictions to the contrary, it is not true that automation and innovation will cause permanent unemployment shortages and declining wages. While automation may reduce minimum wage assembly line jobs, it creates compensating higher paying jobs in the innovation, design, production, operation, maintenance and installation of sophisticated machine tools,...

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Demand Campaign Reform: Key to Good Government and Recovery

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 6:05 PM

Campaign reform is essential to avoid government by and for special interests and ensure that public officials focus and act in the public and national interests. Demand legislation to:

(1) ban any and all gifts or campaign contributions above $500 to any elected official, candidate, and...

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A Cost Free Solution to the Sub-Prime Mortgage Mess

(3) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 4:33 PM

Proposed government schemes to bailout banks (again), homeowners, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with refinancing programs for underwater homeowners, subsidized debt service, government guarantees, and home rental support have not and will not work. They are unaffordable, divert scarce funds from more productive job creation uses, and compound the...

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Restitution by Financial Sector

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 3:06 PM

Both Congress and the Administration have a duty and responsibility to prevent a light touch mortgage accord in favor of financial sector restitution as suggested below.

Invariably, settlement accords between federal and state prosecutors and regulators and powerful financial entities and corporations effectively "reward" the miscreants with very modest...

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Campaign Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2011 | 1:05 PM

Campaign Reform Key to Governing and Recovery

Campaign reform is essential to enable public officials to focus on the peoples business and interests instead of personal and/or special interests.

Accordingly, legislation must be enacted that would:

(1) ban any and all gifts or campaign contributions to...

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Real Financial Reform

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Real Financial Reform: Without Strangulation or Expanding the Bureaucracy

  • Restore a revised Glass/Steagall Act to separate banking and speculation to reduce systemic risk.
  • Restore former individual usury interest limits (7 to 8%) and bankruptcy protection standards (including judicial cram-downs for home mortgages) and limit arbitrary fees and penalty charges. Set...
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Subprime Mortgage Solutions Without Government Bailouts

(6) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 4:19 PM

It is not the purpose, duty, or obligation of government to (a) bailout the mistakes of the private sector whether they be business or individual; or (b) enable elected officials to devise policy and proposals that pander for votes or campaign support from special interests at public expense.

The housing...

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Reforming Healthcare, Social Security, and Tax codes

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2011 | 3:46 PM

In order to compete in the global economy and provide the jobs and revenues for economic recovery, it is necessary for U.S. companies to be relieved of the stifling twin burdens of healthcare and pension obligations. Likewise, local and state governments and their public authorities are going broke from their...

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No Need for Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

(1) Comments | Posted August 3, 2011 | 11:01 AM

Stop Duplication -- Eliminate the Consumer Agency

There is no need for a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. It is another unnecessary, costly, and cumbersome government bureaucracy that cannot be justified on a cost/benefit basis.

Adequate consumer protection can be achieved through existing government entities and the courts by the simple...

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