Saturday, October 19, 2013 12:00 am
Congress has postponed — not solved, just postponed — the government shutdown and national debt ceiling crisis for three more months.
Friday, October 18, 2013 7:12 am
I had the great privilege of listening to a few top industry professionals debate this issue while at the business meetings of the California Association of Realtors in Long Beach last week. Often times, as with most political arenas, deciphering through the rhetoric double talk can lead most listeners tone deaf and frustrated. But this meeting was one of the better highlights on the agenda so I thought I’d pass the info along.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am
Sometimes when we are in the middle of a big moment in history, we are blinded by partisanship. The debt ceiling fight is such a moment.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 12:00 am
President Obama warns the nation that if he doesn’t get his way with debt ceiling increases, then Social Security checks will be in danger of not being paid on time. This is an outright lie!
Saturday, October 5, 2013 12:00 am
The partial shutdown of the federal government and the looming debt ceiling vote are high drama in Washington, but for now there’s little effect in Lodi.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 12:00 am
Last week, comprehensive immigration reform was all but dead. A debate about Syria, an unanticipated distraction, promised to eat up more time from an already short legislative calendar that will face major hurdles on the budget, the debt ceiling and Obamacare.
Saturday, September 7, 2013 12:00 am
For those of us who grew up during the Vietnam years — and especially for those who fought in the 20-year-long war — the prospect of possible United States involvement in the Syrian civil war is chilling. In my lifetime, the U.S. has been part of at least 10 armed conflicts, some of which, like Vietnam and Somalia, were poorly thought out and even more poorly executed.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 am
With the approval rating of Congress at 12 percent, it is clear that Americans are frustrated with yet another manufactured crisis where the economy is held hostage by right-wing Republicans who would prefer to see chaos rather than work with Democrats and moderate Republicans who prefer to support economic stability.
Friday, January 25, 2013 12:00 am
Newly elected Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, voted on Wednesday for a bill to suspend the country's debt ceiling for three months. Included in the bill is a stipulation that if Congress does not approve an annual budget, members will have their salaries withheld.
Thursday, July 19, 2012 12:00 am
When is our time up? At what point do things simply implode?
Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am
If you are on Medicare, you probably haven't heard about the Medicare B premiums scheduled to increase. These provisions are incorporated in Obamacare legislation:
Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00 am
If you ever had any doubts about the necessity of revamping our
tax code, Nina E. Olson, the National Taxpayer Advocate, furnished
it in her annual report delivered to Congress on Jan. 11.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011 12:00 am
The political angling of the Republican house produced the
beautiful round symmetry of a circular firing squad. Instead of
taking the country hostage as they did during the debt ceiling
negotiations, they blew themselves up. The perfect storm of hubris,
playing with the truth, wrong-headedness, and misplaced values were
too weak to coerce the president into any further negotiations. The
Democrats took a page from the Republican playbook and just said
Thursday, October 27, 2011 12:00 am
Senate Minority Leader McConnell brutally spelled out the GOP’s
priorities one day after President Obama’s inauguration, which was
to ensure that Obama is “a one-term president.”
Saturday, October 15, 2011 12:00 am
Mitch McConnell was serious when he said that his primary goal
after President Obama was elected was to make him a one-term
president. To achieve this goal, he has encouraged Republicans to
block every single proposition for improving the economy that Obama
has offered to Congress by playing the filibuster card. They have
filibustered no less than 60 bills, some of which leading
economists agree would help to improve this economy.
Saturday, September 24, 2011 12:00 am
Thursday, September 8, 2011 12:00 am
Saturday, August 13, 2011 12:00 am
If the United States had a parliamentary government instead of a
democracy, President Barack Obama might already have one foot out
of office. The horrible circumstances that sent the financial
markets into turmoil and the events that preceded the Wall Street
chaos might force parliament to a call for a "no confidence" vote.
Such a measure demonstrates to the head of state that the elected
parliament no longer trusts his leadership.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 12:00 am
Marcia Savage loves her Democratic party (“Questions
for Lodi Republicans.”) It would be nice if she loved the
Constitution as much (and that goes for Republicans also).
Tuesday, August 9, 2011 12:00 am
Local financial advisers and economists offered their
perspective on the slipping stock market and the prospect of a
double-dip recession. While each expressed reservations about the
condition of the economy, they maintained the darker days of 2008
and 2009 are behind us.
Monday, August 8, 2011 12:00 am
I want to respond to Marcia Savage's letter in the Aug. 2 Lodi
News-Sentinel. I have also wanted to ask the question why, if
you're not extremely wealthy, would you become a Republican?
Thursday, August 4, 2011 12:00 am
“The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s
debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the
U.S. government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now
depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to
finance our government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing
American debt weakens us domestically and internationally.
Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here.’ Instead Washington is
shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our
children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a
failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.”
Tuesday, August 2, 2011 12:00 am
Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton: "I opposed
(Monday's) bill and will continue to advocate for fiscally
responsible policies that address our country's debt and protect
our economic recovery.
Thursday, July 28, 2011 12:00 am
I would like to share with you and your readers something
concerning why America’s economy is so bad and why the Swedish
economy is so good.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011 12:00 am
Since I have taken office, unemployment is a staggering 9.2
percent and the number of jobless workers for 6 months or more has
soared to levels not seen since the Great Depression.