Tag Archive | "California"

Jamie Dimon and His Posse Skate Again

I make it a habit of regularly bagging the transcribers of press releases (formerly known as “journalists”) for utterly failing to do their jobs, particularly when it comes to challenging the rhetoric of the so-called “free market.” So, today, is a day of rest ranting about the sad state of affairs among the denizens of the Fourth Estate. Because, hells bells, Michael Hiltzik at the Los Angeles Times has penned a devastatingly good piece about the most recent example of JP Morgan Chase getting slapped on the wrist for a pretty big piece of scamming the people.

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They Won’t Move

Sometimes taking down the dumbest arguments repeated by “free market” adherents really feels like shooting fish in a barrel. Most of the “theories” are just rhetoric, with no substance beyond a political goal. Here’s another one: the rich will feel your state if taxes go up. Not.

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California Proves: Duh, Deficit Evaporates When Income and Jobs Go Up!

    I have been arguing for some time now that the deficit and debt "crisis" are completely made up and phony. There is no crisis. But, at the very least, if you want to get rid of deficits, there is a simple path: spend MORE on jobs and raise incomes by promoting broad unionization. California […]

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Californians: Go Ahead, Make My Day and Tax Me

    I happened on this one during my Sunday morning check of the West Coast weather (since I have to head out there this week–beach weather? Baseball weather?). California is often cited as the place where national trends start. True or not–here’s some good news: Californians are ready to have taxes raised to preserve a […]

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Green Jobs–California Struggle

   There has been a lot of debate when it comes to the question of "green jobs"–what exactly is a "green job"? And when some people call for "high paying, good jobs" in the new "green" industries, does that also mean those jobs are UNION jobs?    A little taste of the question comes from […]

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Will Obama Landslide Cost Democrats Out West?

   This is a modest observation that comes from an optimist–my friends say delusional optimist–that an Obama landslide is coming. Here’s the question: if it happens, will too many Democratic-inclined voters stay home in the three Western states and cost Democrats some close, important races?     A few initial thoughts: The Obama campaign, if […]

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The Supreme Court Attacks Unions–Again

  Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled against unions in an important case. In the decision, the Court made clear that it wants to encourage more tension in the workplace rather than promote workplaces that are harmonious and productive. It’s a case that should make even more clear what the stakes are come November.   The […]

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Farmworkers Push for State Card Check

    There is an interesting piece in The Los Angeles Times today (where yours truly finds himself, surfboard at the ready). The United Farm Workers union is pushing for a state law that would allow card check for union representation elections in California for farm workers. If you wonder why they can do so–the farm […]

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