| Apr 28, 2009
Judging by his April 24 Times Op-Ed article, "The GOP: divorced from reality," alleged comedian Bill Maher is confused about the message of the April 15 "tea party" protests. In saying demonstrators were merely sore losers reacting to an election that...
| May 4, 2009
Five years ago, Californians voted to provide funding for the most basic mental health services by passing Proposition 63, which placed an additional 1% tax on personal income of more than $1 million. But as The Times reported in its April 20 article,...
| May 7, 2009
| 1:21 PM
Today's topic: Big-picture time: Are Californians paying too much or too little in taxes? Are there any tasks the state does or services it provides that should stop? What other state do you believe has the proper model for California to follow?
| May 6, 2009
| 1:55 PM
Today's topic: Would Proposition 1A help California's broken budgeting system, or just make it worse? And what happens if the measure fails and California doesn't get the billions of dollars in revenue from the increased sales tax, personal income tax and...
| May 21, 2009
| 12:57 PM
Today's topic: What do Tuesday's results mean for the California GOP? Does the voters' rejection of the budget deal empower Republicans to be even less compromising, or does it encourage Democrats in Sacramento to marginalize and ignore the GOP by any...
| May 22, 2009
Today's topic: The failure of the propositions didn't eliminate the need for budget reform. What are the right steps for California to take to prevent the next fiscal meltdown? Daniel J.B. Mitchell and Tom Campbell finish their discussion on the state...
| May 20, 2009
| 11:31 AM
Today's topic: Now that voters have rejected the budget reform propositions, are tax increases inevitable? Or could the state shrink its way to a balanced budget without making disastrous cuts?
Expect painful cuts, but Washington may help us Point:...
| May 27, 2009
The Times' May 20 news analysis of the special election results, "California voters exercise their power — and that’s the problem," doesn't put all the blame on voters for the state's impending bankruptcy. Still, more needs to be said in...
| Jun 30, 2009
| 3:46 PM
Today's topic: Should the unions that represent employees paid with taxpayer dollars face tighter restrictions on political contributions, similar to what Proposition 75 supporters tried but failed to do in 2005? What about Proposition 75 did California...
| Jun 5, 2009
| 1:19 PM
Today's topic: How can the federal government simultaneously regulate GM, protect the taxpayers' interests as the company's dominant shareholders and help the carmaker turn out products that people want to buy?
CEObama Point: Daniel J. Ikenson
| Jul 1, 2009
| 3:46 PM
Today's topic: Is there another way to save money on public services besides cutting workers' pay or reducing availability?
Let the private sector provide some services Point: Jon Coupal
Can we provide government services more economically to taxpayers?...