| 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?...
| Jun 29, 2009
Nicholas Goldberg's "How and why taxes go up, in smoke” (June 14) reads more like press release from the anti-smoking lobby than an objective question-and-answer backgrounder: Smoking is bad and the state needs more money, therefore hiking the...
| Jun 29, 2009
| 1:46 PM
Today's topic: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said part of the problem with fixing the state budget is balancing the interests of unions with those of the people, with uncompromising Democrats putting labor interests ahead of the people's. Is he correct?...
| Jun 26, 2009
The Times' article about San Francisco's Back on Track initiative ("San Francisco D.A.’s program trained illegal immigrants for jobs they couldn’t legally hold," June 22) painted an extremely distortedpicture of this nationally recognized...
| Jul 13, 2009
California is issuing IOUs. Banks are balking. Taxpayers, vendors and students will be left holding the bag. And our bond rating just got downgraded, which could cost California billions of dollars in the long run.
This should be the time when our...
| Aug 7, 2009
| 1:45 PM
Today's topic: How much of a fiscal hazard to California does the state's pension system present? Won't CalPERS recover most of the money it has lost this year once the economy recovers?
Without reform, get ready for fiscal disaster Point: Marcia...
| Aug 6, 2009
| 3:01 PM
Today's topic: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had said he would sign a budget only if legislators reformed the state's pension system. The budget he signed last month, however, didn't include this overhaul. What happened?
The sacrifices made by public...
| Aug 19, 2009
Today's topic: Would the economy be worse off without the Obama administration's stimulus? Or does the fact that we're still deep in a recession suggest that it would have been better simply to let the economy bottom out as quickly as possible?