Beware of lawmakers selling Prop. 13 snake oil 21

Dec. 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes Like geese migrating South for the winter, every year a combination of journalists, editorial boards, and “experts” join California’s liberal politicians in calling for the repeal of Proposition 13. They can’t stand the 1978 ballot

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Legislative fractured fairy tale

Dec. 4, 2012 By Katy Grimes The swearing-in of new legislators is usually a party atmosphere. Lawmakers feel celebratory after long campaigns. Yesterday’s swearing-in  was not a disappointment however, along with the celebratory mood, there was an air of fantasy and

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Mac Taylor’s goofy happy talk triggers more toxic fallout 3

Dec. 4, 2012 By Chris Reed Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor’s unhinged decision to project budget surpluses in coming years in California could turn out to be the defining moment of his career. The decision of state voters to back temporary

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San Bernardino will try to hammer ‘Nail House’ loans in 2013 8

Dec. 3, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi What are called “nail houses” in China may be coming to the county of San Bernardino in 2013 by using eminent domain as a bail out from unfunded public pension debts. The photo at

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Do Dem or Rep presidents most help the poor? 16

Dec. 3, 2012 By John Seiler Sometimes I wonder if people can think anymore. Today the L.A. Times ran an op-ed piece, “Why the poor favor Democrats.” Subheadline: “Data show unequivocally that minorities do better under Democratic administrations than under

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Americans exiting for jobs

Dec. 3, 2012 By John Seiler I was reading about how, in the late 1980s during the Reagan prosperity, there was a shortage of workers. The top federal income tax rate was 28 percent. In California, the top state rate

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Pollution tax storm heads for L.A. County 14

This is Part 1 of a three-part series Dec. 3, 2012 By Wayne Lusvardi The tax climate forecast for Los Angeles County has turned gloomy. There is an $8 billion annual tax storm that is coming in 18 months. It

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Election losers still win big

Dec. 3, 2012 Katy Grimes: The chief strategist for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign has finally spoken out about what happened. And as expected, he’s playing down the significance of the loss. In a Washington Post op ed, Romney’s Chief Strategist

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Middle class being wiped out

Dec. 2, 2012 By John Seiler It’s not just the recent economic and political nonsense by both parties that’s hurting the middle class. It’s more than four decades of it. A new study finds: “The median net worth of American households

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