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Hey, Ed, Let’s Talk

From Ed Royce via email blast: Royce Opposes Democrats Unstimulating Stimulus  Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) opposed the Democrat Leadership’s unstimulating stimulus package. The $789 billion legislation, loaded with wasteful spending, passed the House 246 to 183. Okay, Ed, and you voted how on all of the Iraq funding bills?  What’s that again, I didn’t…

Be Careful What Yoo Wish For!

The DOJ is drafting a report investigating if Bush administration lawyers based their legal opinions on the legality of interrogation methods on the need to please the White House.  For those of you not familiar with the legal profession, contrary to what you see on TV, lawyers are not supposed to advise their clients to…

Let California Fail

Since the proposed budget is bad (too many cuts in the wrong places), why should Democrats support it? Why isn’t the state Democratic Party telling the voters that this disaster has been caused by the Republicans? Why are the Democrats not seizing the ideological moment by calling this budget disaster a Republican disaster? We ought to insist now on a budget that is fair — and if that fails, we ought to go to the voters and tell them that the Republicans have caused their state government to fail.
Only then will we have the chance to get real change in California.

Local Budget Shortfalls

Here’s a quick summary of the announced budget shortfalls for our local governments.  Revenues are general fund revenues. Brea  - Revenues $54.8 million, Gap $2.3 million (4.2%), Revenue mix  33.3% sales and use taxes, 19.8% contract to provide police services for Yorba Linda, fees, 11.5% charges & other revenue, 10.4% property taxes  Buena Park - Revenues   $56.4 million, Gap…

OCEA Hits Cable: Tells Board to Chop at the Top

This just came in to us from Orange County Employees Association: New TV Ad Urges Supervisors to Layoff the Perks, Not Public Safety Officers, Child Abuse Counselors SANTA ANA, CA – Challenging the decision of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to keep their perks while ordering the departments they oversee to lay off more…

Progressive Econ 101: Free Markets

Free markets are the goal of many.  “Let the Free Market decide” is a rallying cry to bring the troops to the email and phones.  But, what is a Free Market? The simplest explanation is a free market is a  market where the individuals are free to exchange goods and money without the interference of…