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When did Robin Hood replace Uncle Sam as our national icon?

When did Robin Hood replace Uncle Sam as our national icon?

By Phil Erwin My title refers to an analogous reference to the penchant of Democrats in general, and our current President in particular, to think that Robin Hood’s semi-mythical approach to solving economic problems – that is, robbing from the rich to give to the poor (a process now re-branded by Democrats as “wealth redistribution,” […]

A President Practicing Insanity

A President Practicing Insanity

Were it not my task to write a decent length column, health I could easily summarize President Obama’s 2015 State of The Union Address as follows: the middle class has been decimated on his watch, and he’s insisting that the Congress allow him to fix the problem by implementing more of the policies which hurt […]

What California Homeowners Should Know About the State Budget

What California Homeowners Should Know About the State Budget

Let’s be honest. When politicians and pundits discuss the state budget, very little is about the impact on homeowners. Notwithstanding the fact that a person’s home is their most important asset, this lack of perspective is understandable. When people think about political issues impacting their status as homeowners, they are far more likely to focus […]

Unaffordable California – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Unaffordable California – It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way

Here’s a documented comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is bad, and getting worse. But it doesn’t have to be this way! The state and local government policies that created an unaffordable California can be reversed. PERSONAL INCOME TAX:  Prior to Prop 30 passing in Nov. […]

Internet taxes could slam California

Internet taxes could slam California

California benefits from the Internet currently being largely tax-free. Generally, the only taxes are for signing up for a local Internet service provider. It’s a flat fee no matter if you hog the Internet by watching continuous Netflix videos, or more profitably use your time reading everything on CalWatchDog.com, which doesn’t use much bandwidth.  . […]

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

California Comeback or Continuing Crisis?

As the California Legislature reconvenes this week for the new session, clinic Californians will hear two decidedly different messages from both politicians and political pundits about the “state of the state.” Governor Brown will surely tout the “California comeback” and argue that the state is in much better fiscal health than just a couple of […]

Politically Incorrect Zone: Rein in ALL government or Pay

Politically Incorrect Zone: Rein in ALL government or Pay

Happy New Year, Californians! As a present to rein in 2015, state lawmakers have begun implementing AB 32…the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  Cap and trade certificates will also be required for motor fuel resellers. Since they will have to pay for these, the cost will eventually find its way into gasoline and diesel […]

A New Year’s Resolution: Abolish Corporate Taxes

A New Year’s Resolution: Abolish Corporate Taxes

California: Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

California:  Tax Hikes Loom for 2016 Ballot

Although it may seem far in the distant future, symptoms there has been a great deal of speculation regarding what ballot propositions might appear on the 2016 General Election ballot in California. Focusing on just those proposals having the potential for real harm to taxpayers, here is our short list: SALES AND INCOME TAX EXTENSION […]

New tax would hit services

New tax would hit services

By Wayne Lusvardi . Republished with permission by Cal Watchdog.com . Tax reform is in the air. One proposal is by state Sen. Bob Hertzberg, D-Los Angeles, also a former speaker of the Assembly. Senate Bill 8, the Upward Mobility Act, would raise $10 billion in sales and use taxes to replace the $7 billion Proposition […]