Archives for Politics - Page 53

Tension on the Korean Border

This current chapter of Korean hostilities is frightening. South Korea’s government is unpopular and needs to present itself as having a backbone after incidents this year that involved the sinking of a naval ship and the shelling of a rural island. North Korea, of course, threatens to respond even more viciously in kind.

The Case for a Flat, or Flatter, Tax

The USA needs to get its fiscal house in order now to stop the bleeding that resulted from two wars abroad, a massive banking bailout, and tax cuts that turned surpluses from the Clinton years into massive deficits over the past decade. Tax simplification would be step towards a fiscal policy that enriches the few well connected while punishing the many. Our energy policy could benefit.

The Business Case for Bicycling

Tom Bowden, a conservative attorney who lives in Virginia, gives some talking points about bicycles and bike paths that some of us can use when talking with those who might be dubious. His talking points begin with bikes’ greatest benefits: the freedom of movement, efficiency, and the legacy of entrepreneurism.

Thank You, Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards was the greatest First Lady Americans never had. Despite family tragedies and cancer, she never swayed from her beliefs.

Bulgarians Protest Science Budget Cuts

The financial crisis has hit Bulgaria: its Finance Ministry has announced its wish to cut the science budget 50%. This small but vocal group of protesters were furious. Whether their fury makes a difference remains to be seen.

Cities Urged to Disclose Their Climate Impact

Should municipalities disclose their carbon footprints? According to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), such reporting is a no-brainer. CDP has already become the global carbon disclosure platform for multinationals and large corporations: 3000 of them reported their climate change related information in 2010, including 80% of the largest 500 companies in the world. That information in turn is sliced and diced by investors, stakeholders, and governments. Now CDP is focused on cities.

Prop 26: A Gateway for Proposition 23

Prop 26 is another big oil backed initiative. Prop 26 would make it more difficult for state and local government to impose mitigation fees on business activities that cause harm to the environment or public health and safety. For example, fees imposed on tobacco companies to fund health-related programs, on industries for toxic waste cleanup and on alcohol retailers for law enforcement.

Al Gore Finally Speaks Out on Proposition 23

Al Gore has plenty of critics—I liked him more when he first ran for President in 1988 when he was barely of the age that qualified him to hold the nation’s highest office. His 150 second video gets straight to the point, and I suggest you watch it and vote No on Prop 23.

Boxer for Senate

California, once a Republican bastion, has changed politically the past twenty years. Californians benefit on the Hill as well, but in a different way. We have two women senators, both Democrats, and both very different. Dianne Feinstein is a centrist, regal in character, polished like fine bone china--she works well across the aisle and helps with the passage of important legislation. Our other senator, Barbara Boxer . . .

Investors Rally Against Prop 23

What is fascinating about the Prop 23 battle is how it is not the traditional industry vs. environmentalists debate—rather, it is a war between industry vs. industry.
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