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How Would Sequestration Cuts Affect You?

Since the Federal Gov't has not cut actual spending in the modern era, only decreasing the rate of growth, we need to welcome moves like the sequester. And then we need to demand that the cuts be applied responsibly, not the fright-inducing, worst-case scenarios of a campaign fixated governing class. Let's not give cell phones to welfare moms and the thousands upon thousands of of similar gimmicks to the "wanters" in our country. Let's focus research on things that might have actual future value, not the sex lives of one legged purple spiders and the other ridiculous things we tax payers end up funding..
Let's keep front of mind: it ain't government money, honey - it's tax payer money!

March 7, 2013 at noon ( | suggest removal )

Public Media Deserves Federal Support

KPBS urges us to write our Congress person, meanwhile, the AP reports:

"WASHINGTON – A National Public Radio executive was captured on hidden camera calling the tea party movement racist and xenophobic and said NPR would be better off without federal funding, in an embarrassment likely to fuel the latest round of conservative attacks on public broadcasting.

The video was posted Tuesday by James O'Keefe, the same activist whose undercover videos have targeted other groups opposed by conservatives, like the community organizing group ACORN and Planned Parenthood.

It drew swift reaction from Republicans in Congress, who are renewing efforts to cut funding to public broadcasters. NPR and PBS have long been targets of conservatives who claim their programming has a left-wing bias. Similar efforts in the 1990s and 2005 were not successful, although public broadcasters take the threat seriously.

National Public Radio said in a statement that it was "appalled" by the comments from Ron Schiller, the president of NPR's fundraising arm and a senior vice president for development."

Which is it, Mr. Karlo? Does KPBS want to feed at the public trough or would Public Broadcasting be better off depending entirely on its liberal donors to be able to freely disseminate its generally far left message?

March 8, 2011 at 5:16 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

State Budget Delays Continue

Whatat a delight it is to hear Bob Kittle back on the air adding a little balance to these conversations! Welcome back, sir; many of those of us who listen regularly have missed your viewpoint very much.

August 14, 2010 at 8:24 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

S.D. Poverty Rate Reaches Highest Level In A Decade

As a retired manufacturing exec who recently retired to San Diego, it is fairly obvious why Southern California is unable to attract the manufacturing base they lost which you correctly identify as the basis of a solid middle class, i.e. hourly wages in the range of $20 - $50 per hour with additional benefits, overtime, etc totalling $60-100,000 per year.

At one point, I put my manufacturing business in Indiana on the web - the very first orders we received were from California, in spite of the fact that there would be substantial freight involved. I called our Trade Association and they informed me that I had little or no competition left in California when I asked why, they said, think of three things:
1. Unemployment comp
2. Workers comp
3. Environmental regulation
All of these items were so extreme in comparison with other states that manufacturing was leaving California.

The result, Gloria, is that the solid basis for a middle class in San Diego left with them and we are left with a bi-modal income distribution - lots of low wage jobs in tourism and lawn care at the bottom, and lots of wealth in defense and biotech at the top - and nothing left in between.

"We" have done it to ourselves and we are the only ones who can undo it. Bemoaning the fact every so often on Friday morning won't get it done - only Sacramento has the ability to begin changing our plight.

Best regards,


October 4, 2009 at 7:03 a.m. ( | suggest removal )