Budget Anorexia: Feds Soon Will Cut Payments to California

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

“President Trump’s proposed budget would likely result in billions of dollars of cuts to vital health and human services programs in California, state Democratic lawmakers and advocates for the poor said Tuesday,” reported the Los Angeles Times, “It’s unconscionable and un-American,” blasted Gov. Jerry Brown, who himself slashed state social spending to balance the budget. In […]

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After Jerry Brown: Disaster?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

In politics, it’s better to be lucky than good. That sure fits Jerry Brown. Taking office in 1975, he proclaimed an “era of limits,” cutting investments in roads, dams and other infrastructure. Californians weren’t listening, as the population since then doubled, to 40 million. Yet despite the bumpy roads and droughts (from lack of reservoirs), […]

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May Revise: Tax Increases Have Consequences

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

This is the 30th California state budget I’ve written about after I drove out here in 1987 to write editorials for the Orange County Register. Looking over the years, my theme has been the same: The state’s taxpayers can only bear so high a burden of taxing and spending. When that burden gets too large, […]

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Dyad School Demonstrates Charters’ Excellence

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Are the children learning? Is the school safe? Those are two criteria I’ve always used when judging charter schools. I’ve been writing about these innovative learning environments since they first started in California 25 years ago. Charters are public schools but work outside most of the education bureaucracy’s red tape. With charters back in the […]

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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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