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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:…

The Irvine Tattler hangs it up

The Irvine Tattler, a web site that offered no ability to correct incorrect information, is going offline on Valentine’s Day. The site, which hadn’t had a new posted since October 29, 2008 (they ran out of gas before election day) slung some of the best mud out there, mostly directly at Todd Gallinger for his…

Pain in the TOT

Declines in hotel occupancy and visitors to the Disney Resort may make a projected increase in Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenues zero out.  The visitors generating the TOT also drop sales tax revenue in the city.  Declining sales tax revenues directly impact the general fund.   The FY 2008/09 budget (completed in July 2008) forecast an…

Patriotism from the School Cafeteria

My son, Ethan, attends Raymond Elementary in Fullerton and last night was “Movie Night.” It was raining very hard and I told him that there probably wouldn’t be anyone coming, but to my surprise and his delight, the cafeteria was packed. Kindergartners were huddled with their parents in sleeping bags and the big kids sat…

Cheerleading for Republicans

While Steven Greenhut and I have had a number of discussions about how the OC Register’s editorial positions often do reflect those held by liberals and Democrats, it’s pretty hard to argue against the notion that the Register’s editorial pages are closer to a Republican Party house organ than an independent newspaper.  The Register will…

Griping about money in Irvine elections

Sean Emery has a pretty interesting story in Saturday’s edition of the Irvine World News/OC Post. The story reports that $1.3 million was used for candidates and ballot measures in last November’s election.  Not a shabby number for a city of 200,000 people. The biggest whiners: those candidates who represent the “old” Irvine, the ones…

Considering Government Spending

Mark Zandy at Moody’s Economy released an interesting 18-page report on January 21. It’s title is “The Economic Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” In it are some interesting numbers. For example, there are times when government spending is preferable to tax cuts. Mr. Zandy calls it “Bang for the Buck” in a…