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What’s the Right Number to Steady Unemployment? (PCNC)

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:31 pm
What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

What is the number of jobs created that keeps the American unemployment rate steady? The GTTP Panel discusses on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – The Get To The Point Panel of award-winning financial adviser Lou Stanasolovich, Dr. Risa Kumazawa from Duquesne University (PA), and Dr. Nan Li from California University (PA) talk with Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get To The Point”) talks about the latest American economic numbers and the correct number of added jobs needed to steady unemployment during this segment of the popular PCNC program, “Get To The Point”. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

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1st, the “New Normal”; Now, the “New Superb”? A Threat to the American Dream

In Uncategorized on September 5, 2015 at 7:21 pm

“…(perhaps) we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…”

PITTSBURGH (September 4, 2015) – In the shadows of the scare from China and with the scenery of the ‘New Normal’ around us, we stare at a reality that challenges our definition of the American Dream: that we live in the time of the ‘New Superb’, where yesterday’s mediocrity is today’s excellence…complete with lowered expectations for your children, extended timelines for your retirement, and economic limits on the middle class and aspiring Americans.”

Host and political commentator Lenny McAllister coins the term, the “New Superb”, as a perspective that is taking over the narrative concerning the state of the American economy and the American Dream during this “Starting Point” commentary.

To view the segment, click on the picture above or click HERE

McAllister’s monologue started the September 4 episode of “NightTalk: Get To The Point.” McAllister asks if America has moved the goal-line in defining success, progress, and prosperity after years of Main Street troubles 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 as the sister station to WPXI, the NBC affiliate in the Pittsburgh market covering 4 states. The show airs live Friday nights 8pm on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel with re-broadcasts on Sundays at 10pm and Mondays at 5pm.

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.

Affirmative Action: The Fiscally-Conservative Choice and An Inconvenient Truth

In Articles on September 1, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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There’s a choice conservatives must make on Affirmative Action, one affecting the next 100 years: theoretic principles or pragmatic success

 

NEW YORK CITY/ PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2014) – (Courtesy Global Grind)

 

“Now that the dust has settled from Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling on Affirmative Action and the University of Michigan’s admissions process – especially as it is being viewed (again) as more of a political statement from a partisan-leaning court than a legal analysis from our highest court – I feel free to speak politically about this controversial legal decision.

 

“I know that this statement (and, thus, this reality) drives many hardcore conservatives nuts. Me saying this statement will elicit more calls that I am a “RINO” (Republican In Name Only) or a “spy for the Democrats” that “race-baits”. I’m sure that this admission concerning Affirmative Action will not necessarily help my cache within Republican circles or my bottom line as a political commentator.

 

“That said, I care more about this nation and our future than I do about labels and popularity. So, therefore, here it goes…

 

“Fellow conservatives: whether you choose to admit it or not, affirmative action is the more conservative solution of the two in today’s America when choosing between an avenue for opportunity or a continuation of the economic implosion of our nation.

 

“Education is the gateway to the American Dream for the individual. Education is the weapon of choice in today’s geopolitical environment, one where wars are fought through technology, international trade, and economic pressures before the first bullet is fired. Whether it is through altruistic vision or self-serving patriotism, it is imperative that talents from all corners of our nation are discovered, embraced, and utilized immediately. With the rising costs of higher education and the increased obstacles in place due to the Great Recession, avenues of opportunity are vital to strengthen America to its peak ability at such a critical moment of history… Further, as a conservative, the choice goes past national sovereignty from a geopolitical perspective. America will not survive as a nanny-state country where a growing number of its residents are depending on government for financial support, whether that includes struggling families or businesses alike…If my conservative brethren want to reduce the cost of government and increase the role of the individual in the success of our communities as a whole (e.g., the “smaller government, bigger people” approach I have been noting) while regaining our esteem and prowess internationally, Affirmative Action cannot be hacked away at. It’s a simple choice: “pay” for the inconvenience of Affirmative Action for another 25-35 years (in the shadows of 100 years of Jim Crow policies that followed up the centuries-long institution of slavery) or risk paying for (literally) the devolving of America by way of the growth of the permanent underclass – a combination of economic, healthcare, and community realities often cemented by race.”

 

Read this article in its entirety on Global Grind.com:

http://globalgrind.com/2014/04/24/affirmative-action-the-fiscally-conservative-choice-an-inconvenient-truth-by-lenny-mcallister-blog/

 

 

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 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. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (November 8, 2013)

In Audio on November 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST:
The latest in the unemployment numbers…and why the message model is broken – and the political spin from the White House will be harder this time around as a result

 

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (November 8, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: The latest in the unemployment numbers and the spin from the White House on the ongoing troublesome trend.

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. Also catch “The McAllister Minute” on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

LISTEN: McAllister Talks Jobs, Obamacare Defunding on NPR

In Audio on August 1, 2013 at 11:29 am
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“…drawing the lines in the sand is not how you legislate. I know that it riles up everybody’s base to do this, but at some point in time, people have to understand…(t)his is about legislating and leading…”

CHICAGO (July 26, 2013) – (Courtesy National Public Radio) Guest host Celeste Headlee gets a wrap of the week’s political news with journalist Callie Crossley and conservative commentator Lenny McAllister. They talk about President Obama’s push to get the economy back on track, and the battle over the President’s health care law.

Listen to this debate segment on NPR’s “Tell Me More” by clicking HERE or by clicking on the picture above. Read the transcript to the segment “Should Congress Stop ‘Drawing Lines in the Sand’?” by clicking HERE.

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