NAFTA, Trade, & Trump

When American companies discuss the effect of wage costs and general input costs in the context of free trade, they are, effectively, arguing the benefits of allowing companies to find the lowest input-cost markets in which to make products for shipment back to the United States for consumption. The voices of protest against President Trump’s trade positions, and potential policies, are loud. Corporations want to be able to compete on a global scale by manufacturing outside the United States without tariffs on shipments back into the U.S. But make no mistake about it- this is all code for a corporate ideology of wanting to manufacture goods in places where we can get people to work like dogs, for barely enough money to buy a decent meal at the end of a workday, rather than pay American workers a fair or minimum wage for the same jobs. Why suffer the strain of labor laws and minimum wage laws imposed in America, when they can find labor to work sans legal standards of fairness and decency?

Consumers are no better. They seek the lowest product prices, and use the Internet to punish higher-cost providers by buying products at the lowest prices they can find. This forces companies to constantly and systematically seek-out the lowest wage countries with the lowest wage workers they can find.

Free trade agreements are all just code for abuse of human beings. Markets agree to reduce or eliminate trade tariffs against eachother’s exports- which all comes down to seeing who can provide the workers who will work for the least money, for the longest hours, for the least benefits, and in the most dangerous work environments. Code words such as “input costs” or “competitiveness” are frequently used. These are synonyms for taking advantage of people who need money, food, and safety. In some cases, costs, such as real estate costs and nearness to necessary resources, are responsible for lower input costs; but, mostly, the savings from country to country are due to lower labor costs, lower insurance and safety regulations in factories, and lower environmental standards.

Sure, companies seeking to enter and sell their respective products into new markets is a primary goal of free trade agreements; but every companies’ prized market is the United States. U.S. companies know that they have to compete with input (read: labor) costs obtained by foreign companies in order to succeed in competing with those foreign companies on prices. Why would American companies accept this challenge? Is duty-free access to foreign consumer markets like that of Mexico worth losing margin in the United States?

The trade-off is not only in the benefit of selling to Mexico, for example, the trade-off is that American companies, in addition to getting some new consumers in smaller markets, can also, due to tariff eliminations through free trade agreements, achieve the most profitable way to sell their products to the largest possible number of U.S. consumers by significantly lowering their labor costs. Access to markets is the publicly-touted goal, but better margins in the U.S. for products, particularly for proprietary products[1], resulting from lower labor costs outside of the U.S., is an unstated motive.

President Trump finds it obnoxious to American values that our workers have to accept the same wage as those accepted by impoverished, uneducated, and desperate people worldwide in order to have employment. The President does not believe that Americans should be forced to work at wages barely allowing them to afford to buy food for their families at the end of a workday. This is why, in the United States, we have labor laws, employment laws, and minimum wage laws. We have a minimum standard of human treatment by business, below which is unacceptable and illegal.

How can anyone disagree with this rationale? How can anyone attack the President for asserting that America has a soul and should not be forced to compete with the indecency and abuse allowed by people of other nations- against their very own people[2]?

It’s amazing (read: disturbing) how businesses, particularly in the technology industry, publicly preach about the dignity, respect and equality deserved in the workplace by their employees; yet, when it comes to manufacturing, even for those very same technology companies, it’s a race to the bottom of the pit with regard to employee safety, benefits and pay. Company executives are constantly evaluating the international landscape to see where they can get the most possible work out of people for the lowest possible wages. They don’t want to pay a fair wage, as required in America, so they seek out those who will work for less than a fair wage. When it comes to manufacturing, no one wants to pay a fair wage for a hard days work.

If this is protectionism……it is protectionism of decency- and of the soul of America.

Author’s note: The purpose of this article is not necessarily to defend President Trump’s policies, but rather, has the broader purpose of illuminating the true motivations and behaviors of the proponents of unfettered free trade which are never discussed in mass media.

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footnotes:

  1. These concepts apply even more to “proprietary” products because foreign companies can not compete with such products at all. While companies with proprietary products, such as technology companies, get access to smaller markets for those products through free trade agreements, they in-turn, do not have to compete with foreign companies when manufacturing such products overseas and sending them back to the U.S. They have a “double benefit”  in this way when it comes to free trade agreements. Companies that sell less or non-proprietary products get access to new markets through free trade agreements, but when selling their products back into the U.S. from overseas factories, they have to compete with foreign companies doing the same. This is the reason that technology companies so aggressively oppose free trade barriers of any kind. The “double benefit” is enormous. With proprietary products, they get more markets, lower labor costs, and no competition.
  2. I am not suggesting that President Trump is acting out of compassion and decency. I am asserting that the President is, reasonably, seeking fairness for American workers who are being forced to operate in a global environment with trade partners who are unfairly and inequitably reaping the benefits of trade with the U.S..

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

 

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Neil Siskind, Donorschoose.org

https://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving?id=20532208&active=true

 

Welcome to my “DonorsChoose.org” Giving Page. Do you know that there are many public school teachers who pay for their students’ supplies out of their own pockets? It happens all over the country. Public school teachers are challenged by budgetary limitations and need help to provide their students with the educations that every child deserves and the supplies that they need. Please help by donating to DonorsChoose.org or by donating directly to a needy classroom. Thank you. -Neil Siskind

Neil Siskind, Sloan Kettering

For the Children of MSKCC

I’ve created this page to raise funds for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and I hope you’ll consider joining the cause and making a donation.

Many of the most important breakthroughs in cancer research and treatment have been brought to light at Memorial Sloan Kettering, and none of that progress would have been possible without support from people like you and me.

As a volunteer at MSKCC, I interacted with patients of all ages. But there is always a special sense of sympathy for the children who are facing the test and struggle of an illness like cancer so early-on in life. For these patients, the environment is everything. The more that can be done to make them feel normal and child-like, the better. The people and facilities around these children are vital to this end. So, in the name of providing the funds needed to offer these children the best environments and care during their treatments, please donate to MSKCC. Thank you.

Donate here:

http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

Warm regards,
Neil Siskind

Picking and Choosing Clients

Just as customers and clients use the Internet to choose products and services, so too can product and service sellers investigate customers and clients. It works both ways.

A hopeful client contacted me last week through my website and requested legal services. I googled the client and saw 2 very disturbing and nasty comments he wrote on review sites about other services and products that he had used.

I refused his request for representation.

I do not deal with mean people. I especially do not deal with people who have no shame about being mean in front of the whole world by way of the Internet. These are the scariest people of all who have no regard for other people’s feelings and who have no care about other people’s opinions of them and how mean and vindictive they can get. These are not the level of people I want for clients- or for friends.

 

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

Neil Siskind Proverb

Hindsight is 20/20 for many; but still provides no clarity for some.
Neil S. Siskind

 

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Caring is Free™

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

A Casino’s Real Jackpot

No statistic is needed for anyone to know that the intake of liquor lowers inhibitions and clouds judgment. We have all had a drink. Everyone knows that gambling, either as an individual event, or as part of a larger addiction, can result in financial losses that destroy lives. We see it all the time. Yet the serving of liquor to people while gambling in casinos is permitted in every state, leading to losses of money by inebriated customers. It should not be allowed. Far more money is lost gambling while intoxicated than while sober.

No other businesses – besides bars and restaurants- are permitted, and designed, to serve clearly inebriated customers, and, moreover, continue to enhance intoxication while selling more and more of a service or product. While laws are passed regulating casinos in a variety of manners, no laws preventing casinos from taking money from slightly intoxicated, buzzed, or even drunk guests (unless they are “visibly” or “obviously” inebriated) have been enacted.

I am advocating for laws in New York and in all 50 states to make it illegal for casinos to serve alcohol to people while they gamble.

So many laws exist to protect people from themselves, and to protect citizens from being “taken” by other people and by businesses, yet casinos continue to be permitted to serve alcohol to gamblers, lowering their inhibitions, increasing their feelings of bravado and strength, and clouding their overall decision-making abilities.

If state lawmakers around the country care for their citizens, they should take stands to enact the legislation needed by people to protect themselves from casino tactics of free drinks in exchange for bigger bets.

 

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

Anti-Internet-Bullying App

On the Internet, kids get bullied, adults get bullied, individuals get bullied, small businesses get bullied. A bully is a bully- no matter the age, no matter if it’s on social media, on Yelp, on TripAdvisor, via email, or anywhere else on the Internet. Mean and intimidating words meant to harass, intimidate, humiliate or hurt- IS BULLYING. This new app is here to help. If you see bullying- say so. Help stop the meanness!

http://iwitnessbullying.org/

 

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com
Caring is Free®

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

Neil Siskind Proverb

Good people see good all around them. Bad people see bad all around them. Listen to what people say about others and you’ll know if they are the good or the bad by virtue of what they say that they see.

-Neil S. Siskind, Esq., President
The Siskind Law Firm

Neil Siskind is the Founder & Chairman of The Fatherhood Assignment
Neil-Siskind-photo
Learn more at:  http://www.neil-siskind-the-fatherhood-assignment.org/

Neil Siskind is the Conservator of the Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve
Neil-Siskind-Picture

The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve is over 7 acres of environmentally-pristine waterfront land in a magnificent setting along New York’s majestic Hudson River. The Preserve includes a variety of species of animal and plant life, and is a precious example of the thoughtful maintenance of New York’s priceless open spaces. The land’s uses are limited to outdoor recreation such as hiking and climbing, and the study of ecology, nature and land use. The Neil S. Siskind Nature Preserve allows for the intelligent contemplation of our valuable natural resources and the most effective ways to maximize them and keep them protected.

Neil Siskind, Founder, “National Fatherhood Day” – March 29th

Neil-Siskind-pics
To encourage recognition of the needs of boys and girls who are living without fathers or father-figures in their lives.

Read about the non-profits and charities whose missions Neil Siskind supports and promotes: www.neilsiskindsupports.com

Caring is Free™

You can read what clients and associates say about Neil Siskind at: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-bio/.

Neil Siskind’s Volunteer Work:

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Volunteer

– Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, My Fundraiser- Help Neil Siskind help children with cancer to be more comfortable: http://mskcc.convio.net/site/TR?px=3182108&fr_id=2632&pg=personal

– Make-A Wish Foundation- Help Neil Siskind make sick children’s wishes come true by creating your own fundraiser: Neil-Siskind/Help-Make-A-Child-Smile.htm

– DonorsChoose.org- Donate to one of my needy public classrooms: http://www.donorschoose.org/NeilSiskindGiving

– Champion Children– We seek to inspire people through stories of children who have overcome challenges: http://siskindlawfirm.com/neil-siskind-champion-children/


Neil Siskind’s Pro Bono
Work:

– Saving Senior Citizens- Protecting New York’s senior citizens from fraud and financial abuse www.savingseniorcitizens.com

– Senior FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put senior citizens in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– Veteran FreeStart Business– Pro Bono: We seek to help put Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans in the right direction so that they can face the challenges of the modern economy: http://siskindlawfirm.com/free-start-business/

– In development: The Neil S. Siskind School of Hope: A free school to teach inner-city youths the skills of entrepreneurship and importance of economic self-sufficiency.

Neil Siskind’s Government Work:

– Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Boston, MA, 1994, Intern
– Office of Senator Christopher J. Dodd, Newington, CT, 1992, Intern
– Hartford County Department of Probation, Hartford, CT, 1991, Intern

Neil Siskind’s Community Assistance:

Financed & operated a legal clinic providing low-cost legal services to struggling Long Islanders during the recession to help clients resolve debt, organize finances, and launch new businesses.

Neil Siskind’s Professional Curriculum Vitae: http://neilsiskind.com/

JonBenet Ramsey: Let’s Just Think-Through the Physical Impossibility for a Moment

The Ramseys have always maintained that an intruder broke into their home with the intent to kidnap JonBenet, and the would-be kidnapper ended up violently killing her instead of kidnapping her, hitting her in back of her head, strangling her, and possibly molesting her too.

In order for a person to have hit JonBenet in the back of the head, such person, obviously, would have to have been standing behind her. For this to be the case, JonBenet would had to have been sitting upright or standing-up with the killer standing behind her. If the killer took her from her bedroom, as alleged, this positioning would never have happened during the ordeal.

An intruder would never be sitting or standing behind JonBenet under any proposed scenario, and certainly not with enough distance to raise an object and hit her in back of her head.  Any would-be kidnapper, molester, or even determined killer, would have been just inches from JonBenet during an attempted kidnap or molestation, and such person would have been in direct physical contact with JonBenet at all times, holding her hostage, keeping her in his grips. He would not have had enough distance from JonBenet to wind-up and swing at the back of JonBenet’s head. Just try the motion for yourself: Visualize a tiny child below you, who you have taken hostage, as the target of your strike. You would be over her- not behind her. The strike motion would not be possible.

JonBenet was not struck from above her head, she was struck in the back of her head. It was not a downward motion. Any grown man could not have hit her in the area of her head where she was struck without crouching down to the height of a 6 year old, and then creating space between himself and the child, and then swinging from that position. Thus, there are height issues, spacing issues, and point of contact issues that all contradict any adult sized person hitting JonBenet.

Why did JonBenet never scream for help- or ever yell or talk loudly at all? This is even more evidence that an intruder would have to have had direct physical control of her with at least one hand covering her mouth. A wind-up motion with one arm while maintaining control of JonBenet with the other arm would have been impossible- especially to the back of her head. Again, visualize controlling a small conscious child with  your left arm while striking her in back of her head with a sideways swinging motion with your right arm.  Alternatively, if JonBenet was unconscious, she could never have been standing upright in front of an intruder at all in a way that would leave the rear of her head exposed.

Conscious or unconscious, how could an intruder be holding JonBenet in one arm, and hit her crushingly in the rear of her head with the other arm?  That would violate physics. Even if pulled-off, it would require a downward motion, not a level swing at the height of a 6 year old’s head.

There is no scenario under which an intruder could have hit JonBenet in the back of her head with the force that was used in her murder. The physicality of it does not work and the positioning of the players does not work given the alleged kidnapper-victim relationship, especially if JonBenet was unconscious. If she was conscious, there would have been a lot of noise by both the intruder giving her instructions to walk downstairs quietly, and by  JonBenet either calling for her mother or just moving about the house as a child does. Conscious: 1. The intruder would never have been behind JonBenet with enough distance to wind up and hit her in back of the head; and 2. he would not have been in a crouching position necessary to hit a 6 year old in the spot on her head where she was struck; 3. he would have had to have used at least one hand to maintain control over JonBenet’s movements; and 4. a grown man would have done a lot more damage than JonBenet’s skull suffered. Unconscious, in the arms of an intruder, such a sideways strike as the one made to JonBenet’s head would have been completely impossible.

In either case, conscious or unconscious (and, if conscious, regardless of whether an intruder was holding JonBenet or not), a level swing at the height of a 6 year old’s head, hitting the skull with sideways contact, as opposed to a downward motion, would be impossible and impractical for a grown man to have achieved.