Dan Chmielewski

Flash Report Angst Means Budget Deal is Close

There are no fewer that three posts on the Flash Report today that indicates State Senator Abel Maldonado R-Santa Maria) has cut a deal in exchange for his vote and that the Big 5’s compromise budget deal that combines spending cuts, tax increases and new debt will pass.  As much as I hate sending traffic…

California’s “Borrow and Spend” Republican Party

As the Republicans in the State Legislature practice the tyranny of the minority over the vast majority of Californians in our republic, a note here about how our statewide elected Republicans have contributed to spending budget dollars, seeking spending cuts in education and other social services compared with their own pet projects. Namely, prisons. Those…

Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang’s State of the City address

Well, Orange Coast Magazine says Irvine is the city OCers love to hate.  The city is well-positioned to weather the economic downturn due to the city’s eight year record of progressive leadership. Here is Irvine Mayor Suhkee Kang’s first State of the City address: Mayor Sukhee Kang State of the City of Irvine February 10,…

Moderated Comments

As I scan the OC blogsphere, a persistent theme pops up that we (The editors at TheLiberalOC.com) delete comments we don’t agree with.  That’s simply not true.  All comments generally go into moderation.  If you’re comment doesn’t pop up that instant simply means one of us hasn’t gotten to it in order to approve it.…

SacBee: Budget Deal Reached

A combination of spending cuts and tax increases have led to a deal between the state legislature and the Governor to close California’s $40-billion budget gap.  Details are here. But you know the tax increases will mean bitching and whining from the Republicans and Conservatives throughout California.  Let’s see Jon Fleischman follow through on calls…

Headlines from my Four Daily Newspapers

Wall Street Journal: Obama Warns of “Lost Decade” (subhead: President says Federal Government Is The Only Remaining Option to Jolt Economy) New York Times: Obama Makes Case as Stimulus Bill Clears Hurdle (subhead: He says that failing to act could lead to a catastrophe) Los Angeles Times: A sharper tone, a call to action (subhead:…

Obama Press Conference: About the notion of bipartisanship

President Obama has three Republicans on his cabinent and made overtures to the GOP minority in the House and Senate on the stimulus bill.  Thus far, his efforts to reach across the aisle have yielded exactly three votes from the Senate from Republican moderates. Now when George W. Bush was president and the Democrats were…