Chart shows how weak recovery is

The DOW stock index supposedly shows we’re enjoying a strong recovery. It recently set records, although it’s off a bit today. Not really. Thanks to Chart of the Day, here’s the history of the DOW adjusted for inflation:    

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Investigating the CA Delta

Before attending an event for the Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchdog.com’s parent think tank, earlier this month I drove around two areas of California I had not been to: the Delta and Silicon Valley. California is such a vast state that

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Social Security is healthy compared to public-sector pensions

Last week yet another missive on the lessons to be learned from Detroit’s bankruptcy was published, this time in Forbes Magazine by Jeffrey Dorfman, an economist at the University of Georgia. Dorfman’s article, “Detroit’s Bankruptcy Should Be A Warning To

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PUC seems to OK ride-sharing

There’s a good chance they’ll mess it up in the end. But the Public Utilities Commission so far seems to be OK’ing the new ride-sharing systems that are based on cell phones. The Chronicle wrote: “The new wave of online-enabled

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Filner accuser heads San Diego school system

The Associated Press and the state media have done a good job on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s pathetic sexual-harassment scandal, including the latest coverage of public accuser No. 8, who came forward Tuesday afternoon. This is in contrast with

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Phony ‘recovery’: Home ownership at 18-year low

More proof there has been no “recovery”: “The U.S. homeownership rate, which soared to a record high 69.2 percent in 2004, is back where it was two decades ago, before the housing bubble inflated, busted and ripped more than 7

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CA media still eager for higher taxes

The way that Sacramento beat reporters judge developments is so much different than the way a typical California adult would. Consider what the Los Angeles Times’ Marc Lifsher wrote about the agenda of Gov. Jerry Brown after the Legislature ended

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‘Progressives’ advancing California monopolies

Modern California politics was forged from the Progressive Movement’s “purification” of the political machines and bosses to bring about the reform of monopolistic railroad, insurance and banking trusts that dominated the state. The Progressives reached their apogee a century ago

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Still working on spam problem 1

If you wrote a Comment and it didn’t make it, please post it again. We’re still dealing with a massive Spam problem on our new Web site. Some good comments may have gotten deleted. Of course, abusive Comments still will

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Fissures ripping apart CA Dem ranks

Monopoly parties appear monolithic. They seem to control everything. But underneath, they’re split by fissures. Such is the Democratic Party in California. It controls every statewide office. It enjoys supermajorities in both houses of the Legislature. Last November, it passed

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