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Do the June Economic Numbers Indicate that the “New Normal” is Here to Stay?

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Political commentator Lenny McAllister discusses the “New Normal” that continues to stick in America as the latest economic numbers are released June, 2015. (Photo courtesy Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (June 5, 2015) – Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks with the Get To the Point Panel about the employment and economy numbers released at the beginning of June, 2015. The Panel discusses how the economy is recovering and how everyday Americans are making do with the “new normal” after The Great Recession.

“NightTalk: Get To The Point” airs live Fridays at 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel (Comcast channel 35 / Verizon FIOS channel 9) on over 850,000 households in the Pittsburgh television market.

Starting Point (December 12, 2014): “NightTalk: Get to the Point”

In Video on December 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm
Lenny McAllister talks with the Get To The Point Panel (Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) about the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation on the December 12 version of "NightTalk: GTTP" (on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm).

Lenny McAllister talks with the Get To The Point Panel (Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) about the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation on the December 12 version of “NightTalk: GTTP” (on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm).

Pittsburgh (December 12, 2014) – (Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

“Throughout 2014, we have heard about domestic tensions, social problems, international affairs and multiple causes for concern. We have seen people rise up with frustration, mistrust, aggression, and activism. Yet, there are some indications that suggest that things should be – theoretically – headed in the opposite direction. Where’s the disconnect?

 

Catch Lenny’s “Starting Point” as he gives his thoughts before talking with the Get To The Point Panel (joined by Dr. Sevin Yeltekin, Dr. Antony Davies, and Allegheny County Councilwoman Amanda Green Hawkins) concerning the social and economic disconnects impacting the nation. Watch “NightTalk: Get to the Point” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel Fridays at 8pm, Sundays at 10pm, and Mondays at 5pm.

 

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Starting Point: NightTalk – Get to the Point (February 21, 2014)

In Articles on February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am
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“Black History Month 2014…has us asking the question – where do we go from here? Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation: Is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution? Is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past? African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.” (Photo courtesy of Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

PITTSBURGH (February 21, 2014) –(As presented on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Our Starting Point tonight places us right in the middle of Black History Month 2014 and has us asking the question – where do we go from here?

It was a question proposed each year at the State of the Black Union, an event I participated in during their 10th annual summit out in California a few years ago.

The State of Black Pittsburgh is pondered regularly by groups such as the Allegheny Conference as well as the local chapters of the Urban League and the NAACP.

Many smart people often ask that question, but a quick look around already seems to give us the answers we’re looking for. And those answers aren’t so good right now.

Despite historic gains in civil rights, political representation, and spending power over the past 50 years, Black America still maintains a double unemployment rate compared to Whites and now even has an unemployment rate that is 33% more than Latino-Americans today.

Contrasting studies debate whether there are actually more Black men in prison than in college. The debate highlights the 800,000 Black men in prisons nationally and the current disconnect between young Black men and successful academic opportunities.

We can talk about the breakdown of the Black family, the unequal treatment of African-Americans in the court system, or the disparities in healthcare and life expectancy from infant mortality rates to food deserts and chronic diseases.

Any way we slice it, we must now ask ourselves as a community, as a city, and as a nation:

is this Black History Month a time for reflection or revolution?

is this a moment for courage for a better future, or simply a month for celebration of the past?

do we merely discuss the issues or do we activate solutions?

If nothing else, perhaps we’re learning this Black History Month and we’ll learn from our guests tonight that African-American issues are obstacles for all of America to overcome together.

The future success of Black Pittsburghers is vital for world-class prosperity throughout the Pittsburgh region.

Perhaps a revolution of thoughts and deeds will lead to reversing the downward trends hitting many struggling communities – and bring about a true resurgence for the region we call home – starting now in February 2014. 
That’s our Starting Point. Make your point by emailing us at NightTalkGTTP@wpxi.com or Tweeting us at @NightTalkGTTPLM. 

Starting Point: NightTalk – Get to the Point (February 14, 2014)

In Articles on February 24, 2014 at 11:39 am
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“What is Disappointment Friday? Well during the Great Recession , Disappointment Friday has been that first Friday of the month when the jobs reports come out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics…for the 75,000 jobs added in December and the 113,000 jobs added last month, we find hundreds of thousands of Americans dropping out of the work force…” (Photo courtesy of Brian Cook / Golden Sky Media)

 

PITTSBURGH (February 14, 2014) – (As presented on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

Our Starting Point tonight focuses on the economy one week after experiencing what I have deemed “Disappointment Friday”

What is Disappointment Friday? Well during the Great Recession , Disappointment Friday has been that first Friday of the month when the jobs reports come out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Just when able-bodied Americans across the nation are hoping that the new month will bring them better economic futures, we find out that job creation is slow, work force participation is low, and hopes and dreams seem to be slipping away.

Yet, there are some that will tell you that the unemployment rate is actually going down and has been for several months now. They will also say that over 3 years of continuous job growth is nothing to sneeze at. They point to Wall Street gains and record profits by many corporations since 2008.

Yet, for the 75,000 jobs added in December and the 113,000 jobs added last month, we find 100s of thousands of Americans dropping out of the work force.

So either we’re headed in the right direction and turning the tide in America or we’re simply not.

75,000 added jobs would be sufficient – for Pennsylvania alone – but it doesn’t seem to be enough for our hurting economy nationally.

If this is a recovery – 113,000 jobs to start off 2014, I don’t want to see what happens if we slip into another recession.

That’s our Starting Point. Make your point by tweeting us at @NightTalkGTTPLM.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 10, 2014)

In Audio on February 10, 2014 at 2:17 pm
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Why Hillary Clinton is more entertainer – and distraction – than politician in 2014…and why that isn’t a good thing for our collective outlook in 2014.

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 10, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:The 2014 distraction that is Hillary for President 2016 – all while the jobs outlook today continues to tank with no end in sight.

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 6, 2014)

In Audio on February 9, 2014 at 6:00 pm
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On the brink of another jobs report, does the US Senate come through for the unemployed of America?

 

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 6, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:On the eve of “Disappointment Friday” – no hope for the unemployed from the US Senate.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 5, 2014)

In Audio on February 8, 2014 at 1:36 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Is the new normal and the new “American Dream”?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 5, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC: Is the new normal and the new “American Dream” one of sleeping one’s life away at home instead of on one’s feet?

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllister by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

Forget SOTU Address: Obama Needs State of Reunifying Action Post-January

In Articles on February 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm
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Ignore the platitudes we heard from President Obama during the State of the Union Address. Without presidential leadership that unifies in action throughout 2014, this year’s address rings hollow

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (January 29, 2014) 

We know how the speech began: with some variation or series of initial statements proclaiming how strong the Union is as we start 2014. We heard about the added jobs to the economy. We heard about the lowered unemployment rate. We heard about stories of heroism from everyday Americans, some of whom were noted as special guests in attendance Tuesday evening.

While we were told of our strengths at the beginning of the prime time speech, we were subsequently brought back to the realities that millions of Americans face daily in the Obama-driven economy. We heard the buzzwords and catch phrases that indicate to us that, perhaps, our Union is not as strong as we were just told by the second-term president.

Income inequality. Poverty. Debt ceiling negotiations. “We still have work to do.”

Jobs are scarce, while good jobs are mostly filled by frightened Americans scared to lose what they currently have. People have given up on looking for work as the labor force has hit record lows for workforce participation rates. Poverty has also risen to record numbers as well, with far too many Americans counting on unstable food stamp availability and eroding unemployment benefits to get through the daily grind. People are losing labor hours, healthcare insurance plans that worked for them for years – and hope for better days ahead, all during the Age of Obama.

Yet, as long as we continue to see from President Obama – in tone, in verbiage, and in action – a sentiment suggesting that these woes are the exclusive work of one political party versus another, these hardships will not subside in 2014, making the State of the Union Address another annual exercise in futility akin to my new year’s resolution to give up Dunkin Donuts’ coffee.

Forget what you heard from President Obama Tuesday night as Commander-in-Chief during the State of the Union Address. If he does not lead as Unifier-in-Chief from February through December, his words will ring hollow and their positive impact on the nation will be negligible – just as they have over the past 5 years.

President Obama has overseen an unfortunate string of disappointing efforts on the part of the American government collectively and from his administration individually throughout the duration of his presidency. From the roll-out of Obamacare last fall on back to the failure to cap unemployment at 7.0% by way of the stimulus package enacted 5 years ago, there has been an array of heartaches and adjustments that the American people have endured without the energy of “hope and change” to carry them through effectively.

From camera-ready bi-partisan debates on healthcare reform that never happened to hastened starts of not-ready projects (such as the administrative errors around the AIG bonus payouts and the red tape woes with the stimulus money along with Obamacare’s initial website problems), President Obama has been dead-set on pushing his political agenda through instead of focusing on pushing for tangible success, even if that means bridging the gap with Republicans during times of super-majorities on Capitol Hill as well as of divided government. As a result, Americans have suffered through ongoing economic hardships and a jobless “recovery” from the Great Recession. All the while, the tone of the nation has turned increasingly bitter as waves of political and social rhetoric rip this traumatized nation further apart.

Ironically, Mr. Obama – once the promise of a post-partisan and post-racial America – now stands as flashpoint for America’s regression, not progress, on multiple grounds. In many ways, unless his presidential style changes, this “Obama Effect” will go on overseeing a divided country, not a state of union.

The most disappointing aspect of the 44th President has been his continued failure to live up to the unifying rhetoric and vision that he projected as a candidate in 2008 and as a newly-minted president in his inaugural days in office. Talk of President Obama as the new Camelot, this generation’s President Reagan, or an inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winner for the good of the nation has constantly been drowned out by the political noise of blaming Republicans and the political missteps of 2009 and 2010 when Obama’s political capital was at its height. Major legislative items such as immigration reform, education reform, infrastructure re-development, and joblessness could have been addressed better (or, in some cases, addressed at all) if the focus on the president stayed on addressing the historic needs of the nation, not on the political advantages in Congress in 2009 and subsequent bickering afterward. Being historic as a president has nothing to do with winning unexpected elections. At one point in 1980, Reagan was an underdog to an incumbent president. Being historic – particularly for the sake of the Union – involves taking the nation to a new place for enriching and successful partnerships, prosperity, and posterity. Talking at political opponents in January, then talking around them for the rest Presidential addresses create debate. Presidential action – or any void of successful action thereof – creates legacy.

If President Obama wants a presidential legacy that will be honored by all Americans once his tenure has completed, he must look past the flowing words that he has offered us at this time each year during the State of the Union Address. He must advance a state of mind and a mode of governing that reunifies a politically-, socioeconomically-, and culturally-divided nation. Flowery words in January and fiery rhetoric for the following eleven months simply has not gotten results for Americans on his watch. Therefore, in 2014, we must ignore the words of an address in January and hold accountable a president for his actions from February onward.

Lenny McAllister is a political commentator featured on various local, national and international outlets including PCNC, CNN, and Sun News Network. He is the host of “The McAllister Minute” which appears weekly on “The Bev Smith Show” and the American Urban Radio Network. The Pittsburgh-based pundit is the former host of of Launching Chicago With Lenny McAllister on WVON The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM. He is a former congressional candidate. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

WATCH: McAllister and Other Break Down SOTU on PCNC (January 29, 2014)

In Video on February 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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Clifford Levine, Bill Green, and Lenny McAllister break down President Obama’s State of the Union Address

PITTSBURGH  (January 29, 2014) – (Courtesy PCNC)

In this segment from PCNC’s “Pittsburgh Now” with host Chris Moore, political strategists Clifford Levine, Bill Green, and Lenny McAllister break down President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the political outlook nationally for 2014.(courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel, sister station of NBC’s WPXI Pittsburgh)

Catch this version of Pittsburgh NOW by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above.

 

WATCH: Chris Moore, Lenny McAllister and 2014 SOTU Address on PCNC

In Video on January 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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PCNC’s Chris Moore and Republican strategist Lenny McAllister discuss the preview to the president’s 2014 State of the Union Address on Friday’s “Pittsburgh NOW” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

 

PITTSBURGH  (January 24, 2014) – (Courtesy PCNC – Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

 

Pittsburgh’s iconic journalist Chris Moore and Republican strategist Lenny McAllister discuss the preview of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address on this segment from “Pittsburgh NOW” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel 

 

Catch this version of Pittsburgh Nowby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above.

 
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