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Is a populist revolt brewing? 0

Jan. 25, 2010 In a telling interview on National Public Radio, a Democrat from a Boston suburb, who described himself as a proud liberal, said he nevertheless voted for Brown because of the man’s fears of an American future soaked

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California Jobs Gap Grows 0

Jan. 25, 2010 By JOHN SEILER In an earlier article I introduced a new measure of economic vitality: the Jobs Gap. It measures the difference between unemployment in California and the rest of the country. It thus factors out the

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CalPERS blames rating agencies 0

Jan. 21, 2010 By TROY ANDERSON In recent congressional hearings, inaccurate credit ratings were described as a major contributing factor in bringing the nation to the “brink of financial collapse.” In September, California Attorney General Jerry Brown opened an investigation

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No correlation between budgets and education 0

Jan. 20, 2010 There was a time, not so long ago, when California schools were the standard for all American schools, and California students excelled. Today, California hovers near the bottom of the heap. What happened? Until the 1970s, schools

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We're All Obstacles to Reform 0

Jan. 18, 2010 Technically speaking, it’s not hard to figure out how to solve California’s permanent fiscal crisis – if one neglects the political mountains that would have to be moved to implement the fixes. A few good starting points:

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Using soldiers as props 0

Jan. 15, 2010 By now most people are probably tired of hearing about Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Jan. 6 State of the State Address. And who could blame them? You can only subject someone to arcane budget discussions and phrases like

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California's jobs gap 0

Jan. 11, 2010 By JOHN SEILER California continues to stagger under unemployment levels higher than the national average. The latest figures, released on Dec. 18, 2009, show that the state suffered 12.3 percent unemployment compared to the national average of

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Change you can't believe in 0

Jan. 10, 2010 During Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s State of the State address last week, I wanted to shout “Blah, blah, blah” when he talked about the need for creating “jobs, jobs, jobs.” He’s had nearly two terms to stimulate jobs

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Dismal state 2

Jan. 9, 2010 Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s final State of the State address, delivered in the Capitol on Jan. 6, was the microcosm of his entire failed administration. It was a reminder that those who govern the nation’s most populous state

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