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A Nation of Pill – Takers

By Ilya Galak and Alan Galak Why is it that our Nation is stricken time and time again with mass shootings? What can be done to counter and prevent future tragedies? In that discussion two central issues arise: gun control and mental health. I won’t touch the issue of guns here; instead I want to…

Obama’s Second Inaugural Address: The Era of Reagan is Over

By Michael Califra A generation ago on January 20th, 1981, with the longest period of shared economic prosperity in US history mired in “stagflation”, Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as the nation’s 40th president.  In his inaugural address he left no doubt where he placed the blame for the nation’s woes, proclaiming that…

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Beware the Coming Republican Push for the Gold Standard

By Michael Califra Republicans got walloped in the November 6th elections with President Obama easily defeating Mitt Romney, the Democrats increasing their majority in the Senate and picking up seats in the House of Representatives.  A campaign in which Romney and the Republicans ran on discredited “trickle down” economics, turning  Medicare’s guaranteed benefits into a…

Why there is no “Debt Crisis” in America

Why there is no “Debt Crisis” in America By Michael Califra, Staten Island June, 2012 We need to stop the spending! The country is broke! We’re passing on a crushing burden of debt to our children! How many times have you heard those words over the last few years? How many times have you recited…

The Second Amendment, Gun Control and the NRA

By Michael Califra  A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. On December 15, 1791, the Second Amendment was adopted along with the rest of the Bill of Rights. But is it as relevant and necessary…

Who is Responsible for Skyrocketing Gas Prices?

By Michael Califra July, 2012 Republicans have been shouting about the high price of gasoline every chance they get. In the face of a steady stream of good economic news, they sense a political opening in the frustration and anxiety people feel when they fill up at the pump. House Speaker John Boehner endorsed the…