The on going waiting game with Syria’s chemical weapons changed over the weekend when the United States and Russia agreed on a deal to secure and destroy the chemical weapons. Dr. Tom Kolsky, Professor of Political Science at Montgomery County Community College, joined Darryl Berger Monday afternoon on Comment Please By Univest.
“The problem is, you have to positively identify where they are because we cannot solve this problem for them. What could perhaps do is dismantling of the biological/ chemical warfare element and then us that as a jumping point to maybe creating some kind of secret discussions between the parties.”
Kolsky adds, the fighting may continue in Syria among the factions until they’re exhausted, then talks could begin concerning their domestic differences.
The country can’t afford a government shutdown, according to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey. Casey, a guest on WNPV’s AM-Edition Thursday morning with Darryl Berger, says both sides need to come together.
“If we have a government shutdown and or we have a problem with the debt ceiling and we go in to default, the economic consequences are almost hard to imagine and describe. It would be a recession for sure or even a very bad recession.”
Casey adds, if lawmakers can come to an agreement on the debt ceiling, the economy would likely expand, creating more than 200-thousand jobs a month.
Reforming the State’s Medicaid system in the midst of the Affordable Health Care Act is a priority for the Corbett Administration. Secretary of Welfare, Beverly Mackereth says, there’s been a lot of confusion, but for people in Pennsylvania who are not insured, plans similar to state employee policies are available.
“We’ll have people come in through the Federal exchange, they would be able to get the essential benefit package and that would meet their healthcare needs. The Federal dollars would used to pay for those costs.”
Mackereth was a guest on Comment Please By Univest Wednesday afternoon with Darryl Berger.
Author, Ben Frank, who has written several books about Russia and traveled to the country, has a new novel out called “Klara’s Journey.” It’s about his aunt’s experiences in the Russian civil war and how she fled the country. Frank offered his insights on the former Soviet State and how some things have changed, but how other facets of the government reflect the old guard.
“Some have changed. People have some freedoms that they never could have enjoyed under previous leaders. They can travel freely, but getting involved in democratic endeavors can lead to trouble. After all, Putin was a member of the feared KGB, Putin was not pleased with the way the former Soviet Union came to an end. He believes things went too far. Today, Putin is similar to a Czar.
Frank calls Putin a modern day Czar. Frank was a guest on the AM-Edition with Darryl Berger Monday morning.