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U.S. self-employed businesses crashing

May 10th, 2013 By admin.

May 10, 2013 By John Seiler New data show a continued sharp decline in self-employed businesses in the United States. This is another indication that the "recovery" from the Great Recession is bogus. Things only are slightly less bad than before. The decline comes as government taxes and regulati...

61% of kids want govt. out of their lives

May 9th, 2013 By admin.

May 9, 2013 By John Seiler Here's a heartening story. From the time they go to preschool until the day they graduate from professional school three decades later, kids these days suffer relentless politically correct indoctrination. Their K-12 teachers and their university professors almost unani...

Vindictive Obamacare bills speeding through Legislature

May 9th, 2013 By admin.

May 9, 2013 By Katy Grimes It's always good to see the California Legislature proposing more vindictive bills aimed at penalizing employers. The new "Walmart loophole" bill, AB 880, would require large employers to "pay their fair share when they dump workers onto Medi-Cal by cutting hours or w...

Fracking watch: Britain figures out what CA hasn’t

May 9th, 2013 By admin.

May 9, 2013 By Chris Reed The 13th chapter of fracking watch will be the last installment for a while until some more nations around the world take up the issue of whether hydraulic fracturing is a bad or good thing. For this installment -- instead of focusing on a government that has figured out ...

Lawmaker wants president to discharge student loan debt

May 8th, 2013 By admin.

May 8, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO -- In 2006, a major rewrite of the federal bankruptcy law allowed for federal student loans to be dischargeable. Prior to 2006, student loans, along with taxes, were always required to be paid back in bankruptcy court. Now, Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremo...

CalSTRS ‘baby’ owes $29,632 already

May 8th, 2013 By admin.

May 8, 2013 By John Seiler As Ed Ring notes today, the state of California has run up a "Wall of Debt" of $1.126 trillion. That's $1,126,000,000,000,000.00. There are 38 million Californians. So it comes to $29,632 per person, including newborn babies. A large chunk of that debt has been run up ...

Fracking watch: Indonesia figures out what CA hasn’t

May 8th, 2013 By admin.

May 8, 2013 By Chris Reed Nations that are energy giants without being particularly affluent are the least likely places for environmental alarmism to drive public policy. They're used to aggressively developing natural resources, and they don't have the large cadres of affluent urban elites for w...

CA gang runs MD prison

May 7th, 2013 By admin.

May 8, 2013 By John Seiler Who said California is running behind other states in creativity and innovation? The following story seems to come from The Onion. But it's from ABC News: "Four female correction officers were impregnated by the reported leader of a Maryland prison gang, which used a ne...

Fracking watch: Algeria figures out what CA hasn’t

May 7th, 2013 By admin.

May 7, 2013 By Chris Reed Hydraulic fracturing -- the use of underground water cannons to blast open access to energy reserves -- has been around since the 1940s in the United States and Canada and for nearly as long in Russia. In no country anywhere in the world did enviros depict fracking as hel...

Immigration bill bloats to 867 pages

May 7th, 2013 By admin.

May 7, 2013 By John Seiler As I mentioned two weeks ago, the Gang of 8 immigration bill, S. 744, extended to 844 pages of indecipherable governmentese. Here's an example of what I quoted: Page 65: 17 (ii) EXCEPTIONS.—The discretionary  18 authority under clause (i) may not be used  19 to waiv...

Raytheon splits California

May 7th, 2013 By admin.

May 7, 2013 By John Seiler The California economy seems to be doing well. Unemployment is down. The governor's May Revise of the budget surplus, due next week, likely will report an unexpected $4.5 billion in extra revenue. Except that companies keep leaving the state. The latest from the Dallas ...

Republican and Latinos agree on education reforms

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes Politics makes strange bedfellows. This we know to be true, but Latinos and Republicans should not be. Many demographers predict Republicans will steadily pick up Latino voters as Latino assimilation increases, and Latinos succeed economically. But one area is a natura...

TX soaring way above CA in energy production

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By John Seiler The California fantasy is that energy magically will flow in abundance from windmills and solar panels, even when there's no wind and at night. The reality is that it's old-fashioned "fossil" fuels that will continue to generate almost all our power for the next century...

Fracking watch: Poland figures out what CA hasn’t

May 6th, 2013 By admin.

May 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Last week, the state Legislature took a first step toward blocking fracking in California. An Assembly committee passed three anti-fracking measuers. The first coverage of the Assembly votes by the Ventura County Star did not note that the Obama administration's first s...

CalWatchDog.com Website problems

May 5th, 2013 By admin.

May 5, 2013 By John Seiler We've had some problems with our Website this weekend, but it's back up now. Thank you for bearing with us.    

Fracking watch: South Africa figures out what CA hasn’t

May 5th, 2013 By admin.

May 5, 2013 By Chris Reed In early 2011, the government of South Africa imposed a moratorium on fracking -- or hydraulic fracturing -- in an arid, beautiful region known as the Karoo, which was home to a massive shale formation that the U.S. Energy Information Administration believes to be the fi...

Fracking watch: Mexico figures out what CA hasn’t

May 4th, 2013 By admin.

May 4, 2013 By Chris Reed In much of Europe and in California, greens wield such power in politics and the media that the debate over whether a nation or state should pursue hydraulic fracturing of energy reserves seems like a fight over a new and unproven process. But in the rest of the world, th...

Feinstein, Boxer stymie water, power & wildlife for Lake McClure

May 4th, 2013 By admin.

May 4, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi New York Times journalist Peter Passell once wrote: “California’s water system might have been invented by a Soviet bureaucrat on an LSD trip.” And as the 1960s hippies would have put it, the trip would have been a bummer. San Joaquin Valley farmers must feel t...

Obama economist: Wal-Mart a ‘progressive force,’ not anti-poor

May 3rd, 2013 By admin.

May 3, 2013 By Chris Reed As Dan Walters notes, unions are once again pushing for onerous new restrictions on Wal-Mart selling groceries in California, and once again Gov. Jerry Brown will have to end up playing the role of Mr. Sanity by vetoing a bill carried by Assemblyman Roger Hernández, D-We...

Fracking watch: Argentina figures out what CA hasn’t

May 3rd, 2013 By admin.

May 3, 2013 By Chris Reed The "brown energy" revolution is under way and nothing is going to prevent it from transforming world energy markets -- especially not childish denial and petulance by California greens. Fossil fuels will be the dominant source of energy around the planet for decades to c...

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