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California: A Failed State?

California: A Failed State?

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views   The famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, once said, “America was tilted, and everything loose was sliding into Southern California.”  If Mr. Wright were alive today, he presumably would be taking about all of California.  What Mr. Wright might also be saying is that California is on the verge […]

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

State of California Wants to Grab Local Communities’ Land

  By Richard Colman Legislation introduced in the California State Senate seeks to grab land from local communities.  Senate Bill 50, sponsored by California State Senate Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) will, if enacted, boost housing construction near mass transit lines.  Senate Bill 50 will give the State of California the power to order construction of […]

White Rage in America

White Rage in America

  By Richard Colman Periodically, an anger — perhaps arrogance — appears in the American electorate. Often, the anger means the election of more Republicans although this is not always true.  The anger is palpable when it strikes Middle America, which is made up of people who are neither rich nor poor. California, often a […]

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

For the Next Generation | A New Republican Party in California

  By Richard Colman Like failing business, the Republican Party in California can reinvent itself with a renewed interest in issues.. The party’s focus should be on the next generation. Here is how the reinvention should be done: EMBRACE THE FUTURE:  The future of California lies in doing what California does best:  agriculture; science; mathematics; […]

Something is Rotten in California

Something is Rotten in California

  By Richard Colman The good, old days:  From 1945 to 1965, California was the place to be. California had jobs, growth, a quality educational system (especially the campuses of the University of California), water projects, freeways, beaches, ski resorts, Yosemite, the redwoods, Hollywood, and places — like Carmel and the Napa Valley — to […]

Ham and Eggs | An Age-old pension movement in California

Ham and Eggs | An Age-old pension movement in California

  By Richard Colman In the 1930’s, during the Great Depression, California had an old-age pension movement called the Ham and Eggs plan.  Under the plan, each person qualified to vote in California, age 50 or over, and unemployed would receive $30 every week.  To keep the plan funded, there would be weekly tax of […]

California Democrats Should Stop Whining

California Democrats Should Stop Whining

  By Richard Colman So they win.  For years, they have had supermajorities in both houses of the California state legislature.  They support a “green” environment.  They want an “ethnic balance” in housing, schools, and the workplace. “They” are the Democratic Party of California. The old Democratic Party was the one that gave us such […]

Making America Great Again | Without Government

Making America Great Again | Without Government

  By Richard Colman Thirty to forty years ago, America seemed to be facing inevitable decline.  Around 1979 to 1981, there was inflation, unemployment, high interest rates, and a lackluster stock market. American companies like General Motors were not making quality cars.  Japan, it seemed, was going to take over the world’s economy, especially in […]

Tariffs Are Evil

Tariffs Are Evil

  By Richard Colman When America imposes a tariff on a foreign product, an American manufacturer of the same or a similar product becomes less competitive, charges higher prices, and produces a lower quality good. Look at Japanese cars, many of which are made in America.  Japanese auto companies produce high-quality vehicles that are often […]

A housing dictatorship has come to Northern California

A housing dictatorship has come to Northern California

  By Richard Colman The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution, states:  “No person shall. . . be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” Apparently, the Constitution does not apply in Northern California (and perhaps elsewhere). In […]

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