Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Trash train fiasco illustrates private vs. public double standard

Monday, April 21st, 2014
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This story in the Orange County Register illustrates a common CalWatchdog theme: In the private sector, incompetence leads to companies failing and people getting fired. But in government, all too often incompetence comes without consequence: "The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have spe...

Al Gore: Global warm doubters ‘immoral, unethical and skeptical’

Sunday, April 20th, 2014
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Whenever you read about Al Gore, keep in mind that he frolics in a compound in Montecito valued in 2010 at $8.875 million. Now it's probably worth at least $12 million. Reported the Huffington Post at the time: "Records show that the approximately 6,500 sq. foot home boasts 6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms,...

86 million private-sector workers support 148 million benefit takers

Friday, April 18th, 2014
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U.S. Census numbers tell why America's economy is sluggish and likely headed downward again: There are just 86 million full-time private-sector workers supporting 148 million benefit-takers. So if you're a full-time worker in the private sector, such as yours truly, you're supporting 1.7 people g...

This is an ‘expedited’ review? Nerve-wracking times on bullet-train front

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Nine weeks ago, the news seemed promising on the bullet-train follies front. Now the picture looks a bit murkier. On Jan. 24, Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris asked the California Supreme Court to conduct an expedited appeals process that considered the state's newly filed chal...

CA media: GOP dysfunction bigger topic than mass poverty

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

The Los Angeles Times' news analysis about how recent controversies are likely to hurt California Republicans with two constituencies they are trying to woo -- Latinos and women -- isn't loaded or biased. It's likely true. Here's a bit of it: "On Monday, a GOP gubernatorial candidate's inflammatory...

No, San Jose not struggling to retain city workers — just police

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
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IRS targeted ONLY conservatives, NO progressives

Monday, April 7th, 2014
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We've had some exchanges on our site over the IRS harassment of conservative groups. Some of our more liberal commentators have insisted that progressive groups, also, were targeted. It turns out that part is not true. Only conservative groups -- that is, opponents of President Obama, who runs th...

Coverage of L.A. ‘pothole tax’ never mentions why budget is bare

Friday, April 4th, 2014

The city of Los Angeles' finances are in terrible shape. The city's economy is sluggish and revenue is stagnant. Meanwhile, retirement benefits for retired city workers -- especially police and firefighters -- eat up ever more of the budget. “As of June 30, 2013, the City’s two pension funds,...

For The Los Angeles Times, a highly revealing juxtaposition

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014
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If you're a conservative or libertarian who's not just mad but astounded by how much the media protect Barack Obama, Wednesday's front page of The Los Angeles Times was likely to generate either a stroke or a snort of disbelief/amusement. But if you are someone who may not be ideological yet is open...

EPA used humans as guinea pigs

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
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Government excuses its immense cost and pervasive intrusions into our lives because it supposedly "saves" us from dangers and "helps" us with our lives. This just in from the Daily Caller: The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few yea...