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Only Those in Government Can Abuse Political Power or Give Special Favors

If you take the politics out of it, all the current investigations in politics are about just one thing: Abuse of power. Forget whether crimes can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. It's not...

 

A tax reform reality check for Californians: It's Not All Bad for the Golden State

Now that the tax reform bill has passed, big-spending California politicians have a problem. The state's General Fund receives 65 percent of its revenue from personal income tax collections, and 35...

 

IRS Targeting Settlement as Scary as the Scandal

Just the name of the case tells you we have a problem: Linchpins of Liberty, et al, v. United States of America. For anyone who thought the United States was on the side of liberty, not fighting...

 

The Rise of Trump: Kate Steinle tragedy changed history

The Kate Steinle case was always about more than just the Kate Steinle case. The 32-year-old was shot in the back while walking with her father along San Francisco's Pier 14. She collapsed and died...

 
 By Susan Shelley    Opinion    July 10, 2017

ACLU Lawsuit Caused the Big Expansion of Homeless Population In Los Angeles County

Why is homelessness increasing in Los Angeles? According to a count taken in January, homelessness is up 23 percent across L.A. County over 2016, a total of more than 55,000 people. News stories...

 
 By Susan Shelley    News    June 19, 2017

DWP settlement lets the Los Angeles ratepayer robbery continue

If you don't like illegal taxes, you can just fry in the dark. That seems to be the message from Los Angeles city officials to Department of Water and Power customers who are tired of being...

 

Reckless Bill to Repeal Limits on Rent-Control will make Housing Crisis Worse

One of the more depressing tricks employed by people who favor more government control of everything is this: Put government controls on a business, which causes problems, and then use the problems...

 

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