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The Public Bank Option – Safer, Local and Half the Cost

The Public Bank Option – Safer, Local and Half the Cost

. By Ellen Brown  http://EllenBrown.com  Phil Murphy, a former banker with a double-digit lead in New Jersey’s race for governor, has made a state-owned bank a centerpiece of his platform. If he wins on November 7, the nation’s second state-owned bank in a century could follow.   A UK study published on October 27, 2017 reported that […]

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

. by Thomas L. Knapp President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican “tax reform” theatrics have worn thin over  many months of waiting, but I still prefer a more […]

Eber: Progressive Coalition leader reaches for the stars

Eber: Progressive Coalition leader reaches for the stars

    By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views   Picture a world where Kamala Harris, Gavin Newsom, and Kevin De Leon are considered to be moderate or even conservative Progressives.  Meet Gayle McLaughlin of Richmond who is campaigning to become the next Lt. Governor of California in next year’s election. Following a 12 year stint on the City Council […]

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

. by Thomas L. Knapp Writing at The American Conservative, Mike Lofgren tears into the guts of Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, the latest book by Republican political commentator Laura Ingraham. Lofgren’s two key points — that Donald Trump is no populist, and that conservatism is not populism — […]

In good times and in bad, California’s pension fund managers win fat bonuses

In good times and in bad, California’s pension fund managers win fat bonuses

  By Steven Greenhut Sacramento —California’s top pension funds have suffered through a few cycles of bleak investment returns and plummeting funding ratios, so we can’t blame them for wanting to celebrate after what was, relatively speaking, a stellar financial year. But the manner in which they chose to celebrate was shocking. The funds gave […]

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: What Would Real Tax Reform Look Like?

L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise: What Would Real Tax Reform Look Like?

. By L. Neil Smith  Taxation most likely began ten thousand  years ago, when nomadic hunter-gatherers gave up their wandering ways — and the tools associated with them — settled down, and started growing crops and herding livestock, which requires an entirely different suite of tools than hunting. The hunter-gatherers’ tools could be used as […]

Twitter versus RT: Which One is State Media Again?

Twitter versus RT: Which One is State Media Again?

. by Thomas L. Knapp America’s New Red Scare escalated in mid-October as the US Department of Justice demanded that the US division of television network RT (formerly known as Russia Today) register as a “foreign agent” under the aptly named Foreign Agents Registration Act. The obvious purpose of DoJ’s demand is to keep the […]

The Greatest Event in 1,000 Years

The Greatest Event in 1,000 Years

    By Dr. Marshall Foster, Thousand Oaks, CA (Editor’s Note:  The following essay was published in the World History Institute Journal, September/October 2017 Issue, and posted in the Nordskog Publishing blog on Oct. 30, 2017.) How many people know that 500 years ago this fall the greatest event and the greatest invention of the […]

How California Skims Federal Medicaid Payments To Fund A Powerful Union

How California Skims Federal Medicaid Payments To Fund A Powerful Union

By SAM HAN and WILL SWAIM | The Orange County Register Originally published on October 30, 2017  . Home caregivers serving Medicaid patients in California are being shortchanged and, chances are they don’t even know it. Medicaid pays for elderly and disabled individuals who need support with activities of daily living to receive support at home from a caregiver. […]

Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

Agitators, regulators and predators on the prowl

    By Paul Driessen Legal and scientific ethics seem to have become irrelevant, as anti-chemical agitators, regulators and trial lawyers team up on numerous lawsuits against Monsanto. They’re seeking tens of billions of dollars in jackpot justice, by claiming a chemical in the company’s popular weed killer RoundUp causes cancer. A key basis for […]