Dubai, Or Not To Buy

Oil

by Jerry Drucker – Apologies to the Bard, a great writer who has never been involved in a plagiarism suit. Well, maybe Sir Francis Bacon. This piece was originally written when the question was being asked: Should Dubai guard our most strategic U.S. Ports? The answer to the question follows the soliloquy.

It Makes You Want to Cry: Economy Hits Seniors Hard

Seniors

He caught me by the elevator. “Do you know how much peanut butter costs at Safeway now as compared to two months ago?” John asked. I didn’t but I had been aware of the recent cost of berries, which were rising out of sight. Joe wanted to know if I had, as requested, written to [...]

Near Insanity at the Federal Reserve

Dominick Armentano

The latest economic news isn’t pretty. Price inflation is raging everywhere, yet in most housing markets, sales are weak and prices are still in near free-fall. Crude oil and gasoline prices are at record levels and still climbing, despite my recent prediction that oil prices would fall (be patient, they will).

Digital Divide Most Pronounced With Latinos

Latino Boy

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) has released a massive survey today that shows just how important the internet has become to most Californians’ lives and has major implications as to how Californians are getting their information about their communities, news in general and political news, variable access to the internet by different demographic [...]

The Madness of King George

Wall between U.S. and Mexico

There is a great scene in the film Last of the Mohicans, the Daniel Day Lewis version, in which his character challenges the British General and says when the rule of law is ignored and replaced by absolutism then revolution becomes inevitable. Well, more or less that is the message. In the last several months [...]

American By the Numbers: Read Them and Weep

400,000 – number of veterans likely to experience homelessness nationally 49,724 – number of homeless veterans in California 89% – percent of homeless veterans who received honorable discharges $49,158 – median household income in 2000 (adjusted for inflation) $48,201 – median household income in 2006 $12,168 – salary of a full-time minimum wage employee without [...]

How I Intend to Spend My $600 Stimulus Package Allowance

Later this week, each taxpayer in this country will be receiving their portion of the economic stimulus package that was passed by what can only be described as the combined stupidity, irresponsibility, and corruption of our executive and legislative branches. Granted there were those who tried valiantly to craft a just and effective package but [...]

The Housing Crisis: Why the Roof Fell In

The Housing Crisis

By now everyone with a roof over his head has heard about the subprime mortgage mess. Understanding why so many homeowners are defaulting on their mortgages or what mortgage foreclosures have to do with the collapse of the housing market, however, is another matter. To get a better grasp of the mortgage mess I called [...]

Welcome to Northern Haiti: A “Conservative” State Senator E-mails His Constituents

Unsurprisingly, my Republican State Senator, Dave Cox, e-mailed his constituents, saying reducing spending, not increasing taxes, is the answer to California’s $16 billion budget shortfall. He notes that the Legislative Analyst’s Office’s (LAO) proposed alternative budget would raise some additional revenues, and but responds saying “revenues are not the problem. …LAO anticipate[s] that General Fund [...]

Forget Taxes & Spending: Subsidies Are Where the Action Is

Those thinking government is just about taxes and spending need to broaden their horizons, and think of subsidies and favors as the most substantial problems. Taxes are high, not because government is wasteful. They are high because it consistently gives away the store to a select few. Welfare, not for poor people, but for the [...]

Gunfire Down Below

Jose Huizar and Bill Bratton

Gang Violence in Highland Park When my husband Dick and I moved into our hilltop home in the Mount Washington community of Los Angeles, we were thrilled. Looking north across Highland Park, Glendale, Eagle Rock, and Pasadena, it has a spectacular view to the San Gabriel Mountains beyond. It took a week or so to [...]