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  • California Dreamin' Over? [View article]
    "We're all in this together."
    That is exactly the propagandistic slogan used by proponents to expand the state government, its legal obligations and debt burdens in order to promote questionable initiatives and illegal immigrants.
    Oct 8, 2009. 12:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The G20: Time for a U.S. Attitude Adjustment [View article]
    The United States "can act, either economically or militarily, independently of the rest of the world" because we are a sovereign country---so far. It is our responsibility to get our "shop in order."
    Oct 6, 2009. 01:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • How Much Natural Gas Remains in the USA? [View article]
    The industry has found new natural gas reserves here in eastern California over the past several years especially in Kern County and Colusa County.
    Oct 4, 2009. 10:50 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobs: Who's Smoking Those Green Shoots? [View article]
    I often get the impression that the legal immigrants have a completely different view of what is going on with our country than what is generally reported in the mainstream press. I have a chance to talk with them now and then since there are a lot of them here in eastern California.


    On Oct 04 12:41 AM nova wrote:

    > Valley Boy wrote:
    > "young people feel crowded out of the tech industry in particular
    > because of the influx of foreign students and legal visa workers.
    > There are not enough young people studying technology, mathematics
    > and engineering as a result. They are trying out instead for work
    > in fields less susceptible to outsourcing to other countries."<br/>
    >
    > Well, we will have all world lawyers here in the USA.
    >
    > When new immigrant came to America, the native Indians did not know
    > that these people came to take away their land and their future.
    >
    >
    > If some people think that Asian immigrants will come here to support
    > and feed blacks, latinos, and stupid whites, they are dreaming.<br/>
    >
    > At first, America became intellectually broke, and now comes the
    > rest.
    Oct 4, 2009. 10:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobs: Who's Smoking Those Green Shoots? [View article]
    It sounds like you are right at least according to the business news stories I've been following over the past several years here in California. I've read somewhere the young people feel crowded out of the tech industry in particular because of the influx of foreign students and legal visa workers. There are not enough young people studying technology, mathematics and engineering as a result. They are trying out instead for work in fields less susceptible to outsourcing to other countries.


    On Oct 03 10:14 PM TeresaE wrote:

    > Since his comments have been removed, I just have to note this one:
    >
    >
    > "
    > On Oct 03 12:08 PM Jakbqwik wrote:
    Oct 3, 2009. 11:29 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Jobs: Who's Smoking Those Green Shoots? [View article]
    The would-be immigrants need to respect our borders and concentrate on improving their own countries.


    On Oct 02 05:20 PM Jakbqwik wrote:

    > Simple; borders will be opened up. It is the ONLY way, and it WILL
    > happen. We will witness the largest influx of legal immigration over
    > the next twenty years than in any time period in the history of this
    > country. The next twenty to fifty years will be THE golden age for
    > this nation, and by extension, our economy.
    >
    > I am grabbing real estate left and right for 10-cents on the dollar,
    > compared to what it will be worth 15 years from now.
    Oct 3, 2009. 02:45 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    I'm beginning to get the idea that Europeans must figure that their transit market, including rail car manufacturing, is nearing a saturation level and that making American investments would be key to their future growth.


    On Oct 01 04:55 PM Trane250 wrote:

    > I heard that Ansaldo was dickering to buy a factory in Schenectady,
    > NY from SuperSteel, which assembles rail &amp; transit cars for Kinki-Sharyo
    > of Japan for the NYC transit system.
    >
    > Ansaldo just discarded the well-respected name of Union Switch &amp;
    > Signal of Pittsburgh in favor of their own. Union Switch is a world
    > leader in the design and manufacture of train &amp; transit control
    > and operating systems.
    Oct 1, 2009. 05:55 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    I agree with you. Most of the surface-level light-rail systems are not doing well for ridership here in California. But one outstanding successful system is the Bay Area Rapid Transit. That system has no street or road crossings and is otherwise disconnected to the street network by either subway, viaducts or street dead-ends at the BART right-of-way. That is of prime importance in enabling the speed of the rail cars. People are interested in speedy transit at a reasonable price.


    On Oct 01 04:12 PM candooman wrote:

    > The statewide rail is a boondogle in the sense that few people will
    > use them. We would have better return on our money if the funds were
    > used to expand our light rails within the cities. More people will
    > use them if they can get to where they want to go with in walking
    > distances of stations. Expanding them will accomplish this. New York,
    > Boston and Chicago rails are well used because of this but a better
    > example is the system in Toronto. A combination of subway, light
    > rail and electric buses.
    >
    > One thing I do not understand is why we do not use elevated light
    > rail in cities when it is so much cheaper and safer than surface
    > light rail. They work well in Las Vegas and Chicago.
    Oct 1, 2009. 04:31 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    Yes, Trane250, it sure seems like European train-lovers are in on American transit deals. An article in today's latimes.com titled
    "L.A. Mayor praises light-rail car plant" lends support to that idea. The article mentions "a planned construction of a light-rail car manufacturing plant along the Los Angeles River" to be built by "Italian rail-car maker AnsaldoBreda."
    Oct 1, 2009. 04:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    I think your ideas on personal transit have more merit than the light-rail systems we have here in California. Most of those systems are not attracting the level of traffic the planners envisioned; buses are easier and cheaper to use. And I'm sure the planned statewide rail system will be a boondoggle. I would think that elevated monorails and personal transit systems would work in some downtowns depending on how many stops they provide at places that people are interested in: bus terminals, museums, civic buildings, convention centers, airports, train stations, system transfer points, plazas, financial districts, etc. Maybe someday the transit officials can retire the failing light-rail systems in favor of more practical systems.


    On Oct 01 01:53 PM jerrydd wrote:

    >
    > You all can pan my ideas but next yr your gas will be $4-5/gal and
    > I'll still be paying $.02/mile ;^D And you will be back in recession
    > from the high price of oil, how much will you lose then?
    >
    Oct 1, 2009. 02:41 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    For a very recent update, see portlandonline.com for the article titled "Transportation Secretary LaHood Visits Portland."
    That is dated July 2 of this year. The article mentions "the first modern streetcar built in USA in 60 years" by "local union workers at Oregon Iron Works in Clackamas County." The new streetcars are servicing a new route in downtown Portland, an area with tightly congested streets.


    On Oct 01 11:06 AM Trane250 wrote:

    > Ryan Avent wrote: "But we could build trains!"
    >
    > Ryan, can you give me the name of one American company that designs
    > and builds its own passenger cars or subway cars or integrated train
    > sets? I'll clue you in, there are none. The last one, the Budd Company
    > of Philadelphia, shut down around 1985.
    Oct 1, 2009. 12:47 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Rail Transport: Why Can't We Learn from Europeans? [View article]
    Instead of congestion pricing for vehicles traveling in inner cities and downtowns, why not improve the existing transit facilities according to what the residents are actually willing to pay for and use. We already have congestion pricing with:
    expensive parking fees and fines
    limited space in parking garages
    limited street parking.
    Oct 1, 2009. 12:00 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Arthur Laffer Setting Up Another Debt Bomb? [View article]
    It was unfortunate that President Hoover did not have an advisor similar to Arthur Laffer. An advisor like him could have said that it was temporarily unwise to raise taxes during a steep economic decline in order to balance the federal budget. As it happened, the Democratic Congress worked with and/or pressured President Hoover in legislating the tax increases included in the Revenue Act of 1932 in June of that year. The tax increases made the economics of the Great Depression worse for at least another year by routing dollars to the government and away from the people.
    The stock market bottomed in July of 1932. That may have been either coincidental to the balancing of the federal budget or attributable to the budget balancing. Perhaps an historian could weigh in on that topic.
    Sep 28, 2009. 09:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • How Obama's Multifarious Plans Threaten the Economy [View article]
    If the recovery actually recovers, given all it has been through recently, it would happen because of the Federal Reserve's zero interest rate policy, China's commodity buying, foreign demand for some of our exports and the gradual unwinding of debt burdens. It would not happen because of the president's multifarious plans including the stimulus package.
    Sep 15, 2009. 12:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Faux Economics: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act [View article]
    There are a huge number of road repair and improvement projects which need doing here in California. The backlog of work has been passed over in the last few decades in order to satisfy other legislative priorities and for paying ever increasing debt loads. Most of the work still needs to be done in order for the safe and practical movement of people, goods and services to be continued in the future. Some of the past projects should not have been undertaken since they obviously fell short in hindsight for any realistic cost-benefit analysis---overtime payments, trophy projects, demonstration projects, political goodies, etc.
    Sep 8, 2009. 03:28 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
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