The civil and political unrest that continues to plague Egypt is mainly economic and the inability of past leaders to address the economy, according to Dr. Tom Kolsky, Professor of Political Science and History at Montgomery County Community College. Kolsky says, Hosni Mubarak, the third of three military leaders, continued the peace with Israel and was a good friend to the United States.
“But has not been able to solve many of the basic problems of Egypt, including how to deal economic problems, unemployment or underemployment, and of course, how to deal with the Islamic question.”
Kolsky adds, many of Egypt’s educated are working jobs below their skill level, which he says, has led to more strife in the country and a rush by many to join the Muslim Brotherhood. Kolsky was a guest on Comment Please By Univest Tuesday afternoon.
Another fiscal cliff is looming this fall, according to Republican Senator, Pat Toomey. Toomey says, Democrats continue to refuse to do traditional appropriations bills.
“That creates a dilemma of how do you continue to funs the government. What we’ve done is recent years is a terribly bad policy, which is, you roll out this thousand page, literally trillion dollar bill that continues everything the way it is today. No scrutiny, no amendments, no modifications. No conditions on what the administration can do, it’s terrible,”
During a recent WNPV interview, Toomey said he also expects another fight over the debt limit this fall.
Montgomery County officials are staking steps to cut their energy consumption. Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says, they’re looking to cut it in half.
“Making our buildings much more energy efficient, looking at ways to use our power more economically and carefully. In doing so, you have the short term dollar savings, but then you’ve got the long term positive impact on your budget and on the environment.”
Shaprio says, a 50 percent reduction in energy consumption will save taxpayers more than a million dollars.
Lansdale Borough Council will take action on a trash and recycling ordinance on Wednesday. It will prohibit haulers from picking up after seven at night or before six in the morning. Council member, Mike Sobel says some haulers were picking up earlier than that.
“Some of the commercial properties were being picked that early and sometimes if they’re running late they would be there after 7pm. We did have some residents complain about this.”
The new pickup hours will apply for residential as well as commercial properties.