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  • It's Labor History Week, er, Month

    03/23/2012 7:57:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    <p>A Democrat-dominated Legislature that wanted students to learn about the accomplishments of unions apparently goofed a decade ago in designating the first week in April as Labor History Week, urging schools to commemorate it.</p> <p>That week is spring break in many school districts, so students are neither attending classes nor applauding unions.</p>
  • Grand jury cites S.F. pension system abuse

    07/17/2009 12:56:38 PM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 392+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 7/17/9 | Marisa Lagos
    San Francisco's skyrocketing pension costs are untenable and both unions and politicians are to blame for abusing the system by negotiating extraordinary pension and retirement benefits without considering the unfair burden on future generations, according to a report issued Thursday. City officials acknowledged that San Francisco has some challenges. But Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, who has worked extensively on the issue, said the civil grand jury report grossly overstates the city's risk. He noted that voters, not politicians, have the ultimate say on the approval of retirement benefits. And because of that, he said, San Francisco is in a far better...
  • $3 gas fuels a fevered debate - Some see big rip-off, others a balance of supply and demand.

    09/09/2005 10:38:44 AM PDT · by SmithL · 73 replies · 720+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/9/5 | Dale Kasler
    They're ripping us off. No, they're doing us a favor. Let the debate begin. Gasoline at $3 a gallon has motorists and elected officials spewing allegations about oil companies' price gouging and profiteering. But even as California's attorney general begins an investigation into the record-breaking run-up at the pump, some economists say the high prices are a necessary and even beneficial response to the legitimate supply shortages that have followed Hurricane Katrina. High prices serve as the most efficient way to allocate a scarce resource, said economist Severin Borenstein, director of the University of California Energy Institute. Keeping prices low...
  • Reform immigration law now

    01/02/2004 9:35:04 AM PST · by kellynla · 43 replies · 451+ views
    The Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 1/2/2004 | Lou Dobbs
    President Bush in his year-end news conference called for an "immigration policy that helps match any willing employer with any willing employee." We already know there are plenty employers in this country willing to break the law and hire illegal aliens. And there are 8 million to 12 million illegal aliens already living in this country, so we know there are plenty of willing employees. I'm sure the White House staff will clean up the language a bit in the coming months. But for all the world, President Bush sounds like his idea of an immigration policy is a national...