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Bernie Put Into Deplorable Basket

“Nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him, he got nothing done. He was a career politician.” So says Hillary Clinton of her former Senate colleague and 2016 rival for the Democratic nomination, Bernie Sanders. Her assessment of Sanders’ populist-socialist agenda? “It’s all ...

Maybe It Is A Time To Build

In July 2018, Commentary published an article by Yuval Levin that caused everyone who thinks about the balance of power among the branches in Washington, D.C., to say: “Of course! That’s it exactly!” It had long been observed that Congress had, over the course of several decades, ...

Upstate, Forgotten But Not Gone

Most of us know that upstate New York struggles. When it comes to economic matters it does. Fewer new jobs, new businesses and expanding businesses than most parts of the U.S. enjoy. Upstaters suffer nearly the lowest income growth of any region in the U.S. The Southern Tier has particularly ...

You Can Change To A Different Plan Online If You Need To Using The Provided SEP

Question: Since I used medicare.gov to choose my Part D plan for 2020, can I change to a different plan if I need to? Answer: In 2020 the answer to this question is yes. As you may remember Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) updated the medicare.gov website on Oct. 1, 2019 which ...

‘America’s Expiration Date’

I love definitions because they help focus the mind. For decades, we are said to have been in a culture war. As in any war, it helps to know one’s enemy. One online dictionary defines culture this way: “the quality in a person or society that arises from a concern for what is regarded as ...

Illegal Immigrant Caravans And Criminal Catholics

The latest, lawless migrant caravan hurtling from Honduras to our southern border is as organic as AstroTurf. The Central American trespassers now number between 2,500 and 4,000. Two weeks ago, slickly designed flyers disseminated on social media beckoned them to sign up for the latest ...