Dan Chmielewski

Senate Republicans Proposed Budget Summed Up: Screw the Poor

Today’s LA Times and OC Register have stories on the Republican budget proposal.  Ackerman’s plan effectively cuts the budget at the expense of children on welfare who have parents that don’t comply with work requirements.  It also eliminates programs Republicans have detested for years (the elimination of the Labor Institute which educates labor leaders; you know…

Letters and “Memos” on the State Budget

In a hostage situation when a dialogue has begun, the kidnappers usually come forth with a list of demands or else the hostages will get hurt. With the Republican Senate minority holding the state budget hostage, and millions of Californians depending upon services from the state government, we still don’t know what these Senators want. …

No New Nukes?

The LA Times has a thoughtful editorial today about movements to build new nuclear facilities in California.   There are some considerable advantages of nuclear power.  As a kid growing up in upstate New York, field trips to the Niagra Mohawk facility in Oswego, NY were an annual ritual (see kids, Nuclear Power is good).  And for all its…

Budget Passes

Please see this link for more details; the assembly passed the budget late last night and it goes to the Senate for approval. Jon Fleischman is none too pleased about it and hopes the Senate Republicans hold the line.  I could write a letter to my assemblyman Chuck DeVore, expressing my displeasure at his No…

Judge Dismisses Plame Lawsuit against Bush Administration

From AP:  A federal judge on Thursday dismissed former CIA operative Valerie Plame’s lawsuit against members of the Bush administration in the CIA leak scandal. Plame, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, had accused Vice President Dick Cheney and others of conspiring to leak her identity in 2003. Plame said that violated her privacy…

The Chickenhawk Generation

Max Blumenthal is fearless.  The filmmaker recently went to Arlington National Cemetary to pay tribute to recently fallen war dead from Iraq.  And then we went over to a convention of College Republicans in Arlington; while all support the war in Iraq, few are willing to fight it, hence the phrase “chickenhawk.”  Here is his…