Obama-Biden or Clinton 2012

November 3rd, 2013 by Joseph S. Fichera 
A new book (“Double Down”) says that Obama’s campaign staff explored the option of dumping Joe Biden for Hillary Clinton as VP. No confirmation that Obama knew of the “testing the waters.” What’s most troubling for me is the lack of personal loyalty solely for political/personal gain. It is one thing to ask someone to step aside because of a specific issue that creates...

The “You Can Keep Your Health Plan” Pledge

November 3rd, 2013 by Joseph S. Fichera 
The President was wrong when he said you could keep your health care plan under the Affordable Care Act. He should have said you can keep your health care plan IF it meets the new minimum requirements that Congress believes are in the best interests of all Americans. It’s ok to establish new minimum standards but nothing is free. And that’s what has been glossed over/distorted or whatever...

Chief Justice John Roberts Bipartisan Challenge

July 4th, 2012 by Joseph S. Fichera 
The Democratic party is missing a tremendous chance to change the tone in Washington by not praising Justice Roberts’ bold bipartisan move to support the President’s health care legislation. The Chief Justice put aside the “no prisoners” approach of the Republican party from which he was nominated and grew up in. Judges are to be non-partisan but we also acknowledge the reality...

“Targeted tax cuts are government programs”

August 20th, 2010 by Joseph S. Fichera 
Martin Feldstein wrote an important op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journalyou might have overlooked.  We need to see that the popular positions of Democrats and Republicans for so called “targeted tax cuts” are really taxpayer subsidies and government programs. This is not a moral issue but one of efficiency and effectiveness. Whether we should subsidize the activity directly with...

World peace is not an achievement but a process.

October 10th, 2009 by Joseph S. Fichera 
President Obama just received the Nobel Peace Prize. As Americans, we pride ourselves on being the most powerful nation on earth. It is both joyous and sobering that one person, our president, can affect the world order with either action or attitude. A clenched fist can become an open handshake in an instant. World peace is not an achievement but a process.