Tag: Democrats
Is State Democratic Party Chair Candidate Eastin a “Champion for Education”?

After a failed bid for governor in 2018, Delaine Eastin is running for chair of the California Democratic Party. Eastin’s campaign website bills her as a “Champion for Education,” but state Democrats, millennials in particular, may be unaware of Eastin’s record in that field.  “Delaine is the former State Superintendent for Public Instruction,” the...
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Voice, Loyalty, Exit, and BLM

Like many Americans, I watched the events at the U.S. Capitol last week in disbelief. My husband, an immigrant, commented that what we witnessed was “why [my family] left Venezuela. This doesn’t happen in the United States.” He and others have also remarked at the stark difference between the police response to the mostly...
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Nancy Pelosi’s Bad Hair Day

As the world knows, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had a wash and a blow-out at a San Francisco salon that had been closed since March, when Gavin Newsom, Governor of California, declared a state of emergency. “As it turns out, it was a setup,” Pelosi told reporters. “So I take responsibility for falling for...
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Kamala Harris and the Bridge to No Accountability

As the world knows, former vice president Joe Biden has selected California Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate for 2020. To gain insight on her possible contributions as vice president, dial back to 2010 when the former San Francisco district attorney ran for state attorney general. The Sacramento Bee endorsed Republican Steve Cooley over Harris. She...
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Paycheck Protection Payouts Give Taxpayers Plenty To Ponder

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security package (CARES), is intended to blunt the economic damage from the current pandemic. As CNBC reports, the payouts include a $5-10 million loan for the Archdiocese of New York, $350,000 to $1 million to the Ayn Rand Institute...
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Reagan and O’Neill Were Friendly Opponents, so Why Must Today’s Partisans Spew Hatred?

I have never in my very long life witnessed the intense hatred between political parties as demonstrated in our country today. The word “hatred” is not too strong; my point survives the exaggeration. Having a political appointment from President Reagan, I worked in Washington, D. C. with Congress and the Executive Branch virtually everyday...
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Two Worlds—Politics and Everything Else

The blight of politics casts a shadow over daily life.

The Republican Advantage That’s Easy to See but Nobody Notices

Does color, on a subconscious level, affect who we vote for?

Democrats and Republicans to Blame for Public Pension Crisis

I’ve appeared on more than 70 television and radio talk shows coast-to-coast in the past three months to discuss my new book California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis. One common question has been: “Aren’t Democrats responsible for creating the unfunded public pension debt by over-promising pension benefits?” My answer,...
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Libertarian: What’s in a Label?

John Stossel (who’s leaving ABC to join the Fox Business Network) gave a well-received talk at my university yesterday titled “Freedom and Its Enemies.” Several times during the talk he referred to himself as a libertarian. Sometimes the libertarian label seems like a liability for people who are both (1) serious about substantially reducing...
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