What If a Recession Hits California?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

As I predicted on Fox and Hounds just after the November election, there’s a Trump Boom in California. But what if it stops? What if a recession slams us again? Two scenarios: The Federal Reserve keeps increasing interest rates – much higher than now. Historically, that has brought a recession. War breaks out with North […]

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Advice for California Republicans: Audacity! Audacity! Always Audacity!

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

If Donald Trump’s victory has taught Republicans across the land anything, it’s to follow Danton’s cry to the Assembly (the French one, not the one in Sacramento): Audacity! Audacity! Always Audacity! Shut out of any statewide office and with less than 1/3 in each house of the Legislature, what do they have to lose? The […]

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Calexit Reasons Don’t Hold Calestoga Water

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

With Donald Trump walking into the Oval Office, liberal Democrats in California don’t have much to cheer about. Some of them are turning to the movement for Calexit, for California Exit. I’ve detailed before on Fox & Hounds why their initiative, if it makes it to the ballot, will be rejected by state voters. But […]

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Gov. Brown’s 2017 State of the State Ignores Housing, School Disasters

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Gov. Jerry Brown’s 2017 State of the State address, given Jan. 24, ignored what most Californians would regard as the state’s two biggest problems: lack of housing affordability and the dismal state of K-12 public schooling. He rhapsodized about how welcoming California is to the immigrants streaming in here: “In California, immigrants are an integral […]

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California: Venezuela on the Pacific

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Check out the nearby photo, which I took yesterday, Jan. 22, at 4:57 pm during the weekend deluge. The men in yellow slickers are filling in large potholes in Atlanta Avenue just east of Beach Boulevard, California Highway 39. The yellow light is a flashing caution sign. The rain did not create the potholes, but […]

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Now California Will Get Trumped

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

When he becomes president on Friday, Donald Trump will take the reins of the most powerful government the world has ever known: 7,000 nuclear weapons; a world-spanning conventional military; a $4 trillion federal budget, that’s $4,000,000,000,000.00; a couple dozen spy and armed domestic enforcement agencies: CIA, FBI, NSA, federal marshals, etc.; vast new powers, of […]

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John Chiang Real Favorite to Succeed Gov. Brown

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

With the presidential race over and Donald Trump’s inauguration looming, attention in California turns to who will be the top Democratic dog in next year’s election to succeed Gov. Jerry Brown. According to the Chronicle, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom sports “a total of $11.5 million cash on hand,” raising $2.6 million in the second half […]

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Who Needs the NFL?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

One of the few ways California governments are more reluctant to spend money than in other states is for professional sports stadiums. The state isn’t perfect. The new stadium for the Rams was granted a special CEQA exemption by the Legislature. And in 2015 the city of Sacramento floated $272 million in bonds for the […]

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Brown Budget Proposal Sparks Tax-Cut Opportunity

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

For the first time in 30 years of writing on California budgets, I believe revenue projections are way too low in a governor’s January proposal. But that’s OK. Lower revenue expectations certainly mean there’s less chance of overspending, the common problem! Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget, announced Jan. 10 at a press conference, projects a deficit […]

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Did Dems Forget Eric Holder’s Fast & Furious Scandal?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

What were they thinking? California Democrats believe they scored a coup when then hired Eric Holder to give them legal counsel. The former attorney general also is a close friend of the president – the one leaving office Jan. 20, not the one moving in. The New York Times quoted Senate President Kevin de León, […]

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