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This War Is Not The Answer

Monday, March 16th, 2009

From ExileStreet.com

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

I believe it is long past time to end the War on Drugs. That’s not because I approve of drug use or have any desire to encourage it. But this particular war has already gone [...]

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by Tom McClintock | Sacramento and D.C

Rep. McClintock gave the following speech to Heartland Institute’s International Conference on Climate Change on March 9, 2009.

I must admit to being a little nervous to accept your kind invitation to come to New York to discuss global warming. I remember that it was right here in [...]

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Life on the Downside of the Laffer Curve

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

by Tom McClintock | Sacramento and D.C

The Laffer Curve is a simple but elegant method of demonstrating how increasing taxes reduces economic productivity until a point of equilibrium is reached when further tax hikes actually reduce revenue.

If the tax rate is zero, tax revenues are zero. But if the tax rate is 100 [...]

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Waking a Sleeping Giant

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

As portrayed in the 1970s movie about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora, Tora, Tora, Admiral Yamamoto states, after the attack, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” Turns out there is little historical evidence suggesting that the [...]

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THE GROVES OF HACKADEME

Monday, March 9th, 2009

From ExileStreet.com

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

Down through the years, there have been a great many movies in which school teachers have been portrayed as decent and hard-working, even heroic. Just a handful that come to mind are “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” [...]

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What Will Turn the Economy Around?

Friday, March 6th, 2009

by J. F. Kelly, Jr. | Coronado

The stock market may not always accurately portend the future but it is an accurate indicator of investor sentiment. It has recently expressed a resounding vote of no confidence in the Obama stimulus package and budget. In the short time that Barack Obama has been in office he [...]

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That Voodoo That You Do So Well

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

by K. Lloyd Billingsley | Sacramento

Before the Motion Picture Academy handed out its latest awards, and before the legislature passed the alleged budget fix, the reviews were already coming in on California. They are less than stellar but well worth attention.

“California makes Washington, DC, look like a model of fiscal probity,” ran the sub-head [...]

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by Wayne Lusvardi | Pasadena

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared a drought emergency perhaps to find a legal way around the court order shutting down 85% of water to Southern California and to farmers purportedly to protect the Delta Smelt fish in the Sacramento Delta.

Absent any legal relaxation of the California Environmental Quality Act, [...]

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by Jon Coupal | Sacramento

All those who favor putting the breaks on Sacramento’s ability to overspend, please raise your hands.

I see that is most of you. Those against? I see a couple of public employee union bosses over in the corner are opposed.

Well those Sacramento politicians who made a “deal” last month to resolve the [...]

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Oh, Oh, Obama

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

From ExileStreet.com

by Burt Prelutsky | Los Angeles

As I sit here, the Obama administration is less than a month old and, quite honestly, it’s really no worse than I imagined it would be. But please keep in mind that I wagered it [...]

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