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Unemployment Rate Is Higher Than What Is Reported

August 3, 2014 Friday, the Labor Department is expected to report the economy added 235,000 jobs in July, and the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.1 percent, but that hardly tells the story. more »»

Natural Gas And Upstate New York

July 27, 2014 If you live in New York City or the suburban counties that surround it, you need not worry that a drilling rig will pull up to explore for natural gas. more »»

Top-Two Primary System May Be The Answer

July 27, 2014 Polarization and partisanship are a plague on American politics. Political scientists have found that the two parties have each grown more ideologically homogeneous since the 1970. more »»

Will Medicare Become Like The VA?

July 27, 2014 Most veterans get most of their medical care from private doctors through Medicare or private insurance. Just think what those secret waiting lists would be like if they didn’t. more »»

Astorino Slugging It Out On His Terms With Cuomo

July 27, 2014 By James Bliss So, I asked a co-worker if he could name the candidate running against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the upcoming gubernatorial election. He could not. more »»

The ‘White Plague’ Problem

July 20, 2014 The Middle Ages was characterized by the “black plague,” or the “black death,” a pandemic that reduced the world’s population by about 150 million people, including half the population of Europe. more »»

Are We Doomed To Polarization?

July 20, 2014 We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. The reason for this dissatisfaction is clear. more »»

What The Anti-Government Crowd Forgets

July 20, 2014 There is a popular fad making its rounds across the countr. more »»

The VA Scandal: Should We Expand The Federal Failure?

July 20, 2014 Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 201. more »»

Buying Influence

July 13, 2014 Hillary seems to get into trouble every time she talks about money. She’s a big girl and can find her own way out of the thicket that ensnares her. But she has opened a can of worms. more »»

Natural Gas — Judicial Overreach

July 13, 2014 The New York State Court of Appeals effectively ruled recently that local town zoning takes precedence over the Department of Environmental Conservation when it comes to regulating the natural gas... more »»

Understanding Supply-Side Economics

July 13, 2014 Supply-side economics, often deemed by opponents as “Trickle-Down” economics, is a macro-economic theory that argues sustained economic growth is spurred primarily by lowering taxes on the wealthy... more »»

A Renewed Reagan Conservatism

July 13, 2014 Editor’s note: This article first appeared at A rudderless Republican Party, afraid to assert itself in the face of a rising liberal/progressive onslaught. more »»

The Lesson Congress Should Learn From The VA Scandal

July 13, 2014 Like other federal scandals before it, the mess involving VA hospitals has followed a well-trod path. First comes the revelation of misdoing. more »»

Exceptional Americans

July 6, 2014 Are Americans exceptional? We debate this question endlessly. Especially near our Fourth of July. Years ago on The Fourth a friend from China strolled along the Hudson with me in New York. more »»

Fracking Isn’t Needed Around Here

July 6, 2014 In the OBSERVER for June 22, a former gas company owner set forth the environmental benefits of horizontal drilling. more »»

Gross Domestic Happiness

July 6, 2014 When you talk to someone about the economy, there will always be key topics that seem to work their way into the conversation. more »»

Renewing The Spirt Of ’76

July 6, 2014 July 4, 1776 gave birth to perhaps the most revolutionary political document in the history of civilization, submitted by men who proclaimed, “with a firm reliance on the protection of divine... more »»

Court Remains Confused On Religious Establishment

July 6, 2014 The Elmbrook School District operates two public high schools in suburban Wisconsin. more »»

What’s So Good About Independence?

July 5, 2014 July Fourth is Independence Day, a time of celebration, with parties and fireworks all around. more »»



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