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Commentary | Vince Lombardi and California Republican Politics

Commentary | Vince Lombardi and California Republican Politics

  By Richard Colman   Do you Remember Vince Lombardi, the great football coach? Lombardi once said:  “Winning isn’t the thing; winning is the only thing.” Lombardi was not a philosopher, but he did have a great philosophy. When a business has a product that doesn’t sell, the firm can drop the product or make […]

News Commentary | Government Grants, Bribery, And Public Debt

News Commentary | Government Grants, Bribery, And Public Debt

  By Richard Colman Government grants of funds can be considered a form a bribery or government control (or both).   Such bribery is especially true if grants come from the federal government, a state government, or a regional government. Suppose the federal government thinks local governments should have more bicycle pathways and offers a local […]

Exodus

Exodus

  By Richard Colman Leaving one place for another is not new.  About 3,000 years ago, the Jewish people left slavery in Egypt and set forth for the Promised Land.  A book of the Bible is named “Exodus.” There have been other exoduses.  Over last several centuries, millions of people left religious persecution and economic […]

Limited Government is Desperately Needed

Limited Government is Desperately Needed

  by Richard Colman Does anyone remember Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural address as president, which he gave on January 20, 1981? For those who may have forgotten what Reagan said, here are some quotations: “It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result […]

The Shock of Proposition 13

The Shock of Proposition 13

    By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views,  Proposition 13 of 1978 lowered property taxes for millions of Californians.  The impact of Proposition 13 reverberated forcefully around the United States.  Suddenly, residents of other states wanted property-tax reductions.  The California vote took place 40 years ago on June 6, 1978.  Proposition 13 passed […]

Colman: A Nation of Beggars (Schnorrers)

Colman: A Nation of Beggars (Schnorrers)

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views    America is becoming a nation of schnorrers.   Schnorrer is German or Yiddish word meaning beggar.  A conventional beggar is someone who, usually on a street, asks for money, cigarettes, or something else.  A beggar could also be a relative or friend asking for a “loan.”  But there […]

Your Land is My Land

Your Land is My Land

. By Richard Colman When, in 2014, Vladimir Putin militarily grabbed Crimea and the eastern Ukraine for Russia, the seizure was an example of imperialism, the acquisition of inhabited territory by a foreign nation.  Something similar to imperialism is going on in California.  No military force is involved, but political force is.  Adolf Hitler seized the […]

Northern California May Need a Dose of Free-Market Capitalism

Northern California May Need a Dose of Free-Market Capitalism

. By Richard Colman Economically, everything appears to be getting worse in Northern California.  The same situation may also exist in Southern California.  Housing in Northern California is drastically overpriced.  Try finding a decent home for less than $1 million or $2 million.  Taxes are high.  California leads the nation in the sales tax, the gasoline […]

Franklin Roosevelt is Alive and Well

Franklin Roosevelt is Alive and Well

. By Richard Colman Four-score and five (not seven) years ago, Franklin D. Roosevelt became president of the United States.  The date was March 4, 1933.  (By 1937, inauguration day was moved to January 20.) The importance of Roosevelt’s election has implications for the current era.  And the current era may bode ill for Republicans. At […]

The Folly of Tariffs

The Folly of Tariffs

. By Richard Colman Tariffs on imported goods only prop up inefficient firms.  Simply put, a tariff is a tax.  And the money from that tax goes to government.  Tariffs also raise prices on consumers.  If the Japanese can make better and cheaper cars than the Americans, let the American auto manufacturers figure out how to […]

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