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Archive for February, 2009

The Taxman Clicketh

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Daniel R. Ballon | San Francisco

State lawmakers last week passed the largest tax increase in California history, and will soon consider taking their expanding quest for revenue online. A proposal by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) would force many Internet retailers to collect sales tax on all orders placed by California consumers. Based on a [...]

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The Great Political-Philosophical Divide

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

by J. F. Kelly, Jr. | Coronado

If ever there was a crisis that warranted a swift, non-partisan approach to finding solutions, the current economic meltdown would be it. With the economy in free-fall, companies failing, jobs and homes being lost and credit disappearing, the public is desperate for relief. But even with the nation [...]

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A New Day for Science?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

by Amy Kaleita | San Francisco

In his inaugural address, new President Barack Obama said he intended to “restore science to its rightful place” in government. Several days later, Obama again claimed a change in approach, saying, “Rigid ideology has overruled sound science. Special interests have overshadowed common sense. Rhetoric has not led to the hard [...]

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Taxpayers Should Not Pay Extortionists

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

The pictures told the story. They were laughing, back-slapping and sharing high fives all around. It could have been Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang celebrating a successful train robbery. Only these were malefactors of another sort. They were members of the Legislature expressing their joy immediately after agreeing to make [...]

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Petty And Major Annoyances

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

From ExileStreet.com

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

Members of the Mafia have to take a vow of silence, and if they break it, they face the very real possibility of winding up dead. Liberals have their own version of the vow. However, [...]

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If Eight Is Enough, Why Isn’t $60 Billion?

Friday, February 20th, 2009

by John R. Graham | San Francisco

Nada Suleman and her eight babies are much in the news, with good reason. There are lessons here for everyone, and they extend beyond the fertility debate.

Ms. Suleman is the divorced mother who gave birth to eight babies on January 26. Kaiser Permanente clearly viewed the event as a [...]

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A Higher Cliff

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

by Jon Coupal and John Kabateck | Sacramento

Over the last three days, California has come perilously close to committing economic suicide. What is so frightening is that taxpayers have, for now, avoided by only a single vote the passage of a legislative package imposing the largest tax increase ever presented to any statehouse in America. [...]

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Israel subject to “War Crimes” Propaganda

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

by Rachel Neuwirth | Los Angeles

Most of the American and European media have accused Israel of having committed “war crimes” in its recent “assault” on Gaza, and of waging war indiscriminately on its civilian population. Israel is said to have damaged schools, hospitals, ambulances and mosques and to have inflicted an immense number of deaths [...]

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The Myth Of The Indispensable Man

Monday, February 16th, 2009

From ExileStreet.com

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

Lately, it seems every time I turn around I hear about some politician or bureaucrat who is absolutely indispensable.  As often as not, these people are talking about themselves.  And, frankly, if this keeps up, [...]

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by Lawrence J. McQuillan and K. Lloyd Billingsley | San Francisco

Traditional tort law holds that manufacturers are responsible only for their own products, not those made by competitors. The California Supreme Court changed that in late January by declining to review Conte v. Wyeth, which leaves name-brand drug manufacturers liable for harm caused by another [...]

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