August, 2010

Kalifornia Kinder Koncentration Kamps

Monday, August 30th, 2010

John Seiler: Childhood should be a time of exploring the universe opening up before one. It ought to be filled with joy, freedom, happiness and, yes, danger. It's danger that keeps life interesting. Not in the Kalifornia Kinder Koncentration Kamps. AP reports: RICHMOND, Calif.—California officia...

Pension escape routes being cut

Monday, August 30th, 2010

AUGUST 30, 2010 I've frequently argued that, as the state faces an unfunded pension liability that's as high as $500 billion, legislators are not doing anything about a problem that is depleting public services and imposing additional debt and tax burdens on Californians. In fact, the state's l...

What Hath Arnold Wrought?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

AUGUST 26, 2010 We’re at that time in a governor’s term when we start hearing the word “legacy” on a nearly daily basis. A Nexis search of the terms “Arnold Schwarzenegger” and “legacy” in newspapers over the last month yielded 141 hits. Schwarzenegger, a showman almost from birth, ...

"Sign Me Up" For Financial Aid

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Katy Grimes: A bill seeking to give away more student financial aid passed in the Assembly yesterday in a 60-0 vote. When Assemblyman Chris Norby stood to speak about it, Assembly members braced in preparation for his usual opposition. However, proving just how good the bill must be, Norby said, "A...

Prop. 22 protects corporate welfare

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

AUG. 23, 2010 It's always entertaining watching various tax consumers fight with one another over a shrinking revenue pie, which makes the Proposition 22 campaign a spectacle. Despite the chatter from supporters about "saving local services" and stopping Sacramento from "raiding" local treasuri...

$578 million L.A. school

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

John Seiler: As a punctuation point to my recent article, "L.A. spends $30K per student," the LAUSD is opening it's new $578 million school. It will have, incredibly, 4,200 students. This isn't school, it's an educational gulag. Imagine spending 13 of the best years of your life cooped up there. T...

Half of Cal kids flunk

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

John Seiler: Maybe the reason voters keep electing turkeys to office in California is that the state's schooling system turns out half-literates. The latest: Statewide, 52 percent of students in grades 2 through 11 tested proficient or advanced in English and 48 percent met those goals in math in t...

Tax hikes would harm CA economy

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

AUGUST 17, 2010 By JOHN SEILER Do tax hikes fix budgets? That was the subject of an article I wrote last month here on CalWatchDog.com. The question is critical as the California Legislature and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, still unable to pass and sign a budget a month and a half into the 2010-...

Will California repudiate its debt?

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

AUGUST 12, 2010 By JOHN SEILER California's government soon could be paying its bills with IOUs, Controller John Chang announced this week. And a new report found that Californians' personal income dropped 2.5 percent in 2009, the first decline since World War II. Meanwhile, the state budget s...

Other People's Money

Friday, August 6th, 2010

AUG. 6, 2010 After sitting through another week of state legislative sessions and committee hearings, the phrase “other people’s money” keeps running through my head. Last week I spoke with Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny, D-San Diego, and that started me thinking -- not only about her comment...