Fox News and Newsmax contributor Steve Levy Publishes New Book
Solutions to America’s Problems
There’s an old saying that everyone complains, but nobody does anything about it. We know what the problems are, but where are the solutions? A new book authored by political pundit and strategist Steve Levy lays out a realistic, unfiltered list of remedies for what ails us as a nation.
Levy, a former New York State assemblyman, county executive and gubernatorial candidate, takes on over 17 issues including: taxes and spending, healthcare costs, climate change, spiraling tuition, relations with China, NATO and the Middle East, disability abuse, unsustainable pension obligations, illegal immigration and educational underperformance.
The book incorporates a number of Levy’s most provocative and controversial articles on these subjects that were published in the nation’s most well read, prestigious media outlets, including: the Washington Times, the Washington Examiner, the New York Post, City and State Magazine, City Journal, Newsday and the Albany Times Union.
Levy is a regular contributor to Foxnews.com, the most dominant conservative media outlet, and Newsmax, one of the fastest growing media sources.
Levy’s book delves into the root causes of some of the social and economic problems needing fixing. He calls out the prevalence of identity politics, media bias and disproportionate special interest influence as being major impediments to the implementation of common sense solutions.
Some questions and solutions posed by Levy include:
1) How is that that we can have millions of people perpetually unemployed, yet 11 to 20 million illegal aliens can find jobs? And how can it be that we have an e-Verify system that can force employers to prove they are are not hiring the undocumented, and yet it’s not mandated?
2) If we never had problems with our old fashioned trusted lever voting machines, why did we spend hundreds of millions to ditch them for hackable, unreliable electronic machines?
3) Why do we tax state residents to create state universities for affordable college education for our citizens, yet allow these universities to fill up to 20% of their taxpayer subsidized seats for foreigners?
4) There are some cities where retired workers earn more in their pensions than when they were working, due to overtime being added into the pension calculations. So why do we continue to allow OT to be factored in?
5) Why do we continue a system whereby Europeans cap prescription costs at one third of what Americans pay, yet they reap the benefits of the breakthroughs resulting from the R&D American consumers pay for? Big Pharma political contributions have something to do with it.
6) First generation Asian American students dominate test scoring vis-a-vis other ethnic groups. But by the third generation that dominance dissipates. It’s because they’ve become Americanized. This supports the theory that culture is a far more determinant factor in student performance than is inherent cognitive ability, racism or spending.
7) Climate change is real, but is the answer to allow the biggest polluters (China and India) to continue to pollute unabated while America, which has cut its emissions by 14% since 2005, is forced to cripple its economy? Unchecked climate change is estimated to cause. Deaths over the next 20 years, shouldn’t that be balanced by the fact that 100 million in developing countries are estimated to starve to death if the economic burdens imposed by radical green new deals are implemented. Balance anyone?
8) If a manager in the private sector took money from a union against whom he was negotiating a contract, he’d be arrested. So why do we allow managers in government (our elected officials) to take money from unions whose contracts they negotiate and vote upon?
9) Why do we allow a lone district court judge to place an injunction on Presidential policy directives? By forum shopping, any interest group can always find a sympathetic single jurist. Shouldn’t it be required that only a three person appellate court have that power, subject to 30 day review from the Supreme Court?
10) A Pennsylvania study concluded that one can make the equivalent of $57,000 by sitting home and collecting all the benefits available through social services. Benefits are reduced as the person earns money on the books, disincentivizing work and upward mobility. There’s a better way.
Few on the political scene possess Levy’s diverse background. He’s been both a legislator and executive, and served on both the state and local levels – as both a Democrat and Republican.
Levy previously authored the book Bias in the Media and was also a contributing author to the book The Recovering Politician.
Levy serves as Executive Director of the Center for Cost Effective Governance, a cadre of business leaders committed to weeding out public sector waste and promoting efficient government.
Steve Levy is “Of Counsel” with the Ronkonkoma, NY law firm, Campolo, Middleton and McCormick.