How big can a crisis get before people just move on?
That’s the question the Equifax hack has set at our feet. The breach, which affected an impossible-even-to-envision-at-once 143 million Americans, put the functional equivalent of everyone’s online identities and personal data at risk of theft, exploitation or publication.
And what’s the reaction?
Enterprising clicksters online have made annoying discoveries that shrank down the case for panicked action. Enter a random string of numbers or gibberish into Equifax’s have-I-been-hacked page, for instance, and you got an automatic yes answer. Or, here’s a good one: Equifax turned out — until companies compensated in
Just when you think California officials can’t get any worse, they go ahead and vote to let one of the most violent, remorseless and deranged Manson family killers out of prison.
The bloodthirsty monster that I’m referring to is Leslie Van Houten, who was granted parole last week by a panel of state commissioners in Chino.
This is the second time — out of 21 attempts — the parole board has voted to release the now grandmotherly-looking, 68-year-old murderer from the pokey.
The lack of logic, common sense or decency for the victims and their families is astounding.
Sure, she was an active
Sometimes, California’s laws are like a guillotine on a timer.
By the time the blade drops, everybody who set it up has made a safe getaway.
To illustrate, consider four different laws that did their damage long after the perpetrators moved on, and a brand new one that’s likely to raise rents and perhaps tax Californians right out of their own homes.
In 1999, the Legislature passed and Gov. Gray Davis signed Senate Bill 400, which increased the pensions of state workers, even those already retired. At the time, everyone was told it would cost taxpayers nothing because the pension fund’s investment
Last year, Medicare sent out $60 billion in the wrong amount, to the wrong person, or for the wrong reason, and that’s just one chunk of an iceberg of federal funds that are going where they’re not supposed to go.
The Government Accountability Office announced in July that Medicare is one of the programs at “high risk” for what officials call “improper payments,” because of the program’s size, complexity and “susceptibility to mismanagement.”
The U.S. government estimates that it sent out $144 billion of “improper payments” across all agencies in 2016, up from $137 billion in 2015.
Some of the losses can’t
There is one thing that is not up for discussion as Gov. Jerry Brown battles to win support for the extension of California’s cap-and-trade program: the flow of cap-and-trade funds to the bullet train.
“If that’s a killer for you, then you have a dead body,” Brown told this newspaper’s editorial board.
The governor is urgently pressing the Legislature to pass Assembly Bills 398 and 617, two bills that are the product of months of private negotiations to reauthorize the cap-and-trade program for an additional 10 years. It’s currently set to expire in 2020.
What’s the rush? Brown says the world is
In its race against rapidly aging Europe and East Asia, America’s relatively vibrant nurseries have provided some welcome demographic dynamism. Yet, in recent years, notably since the Great Recession and the weak recovery that followed, America’s birthrate has continued to drop, and is now at a record low.
Nowhere is this decline more marked than here in California. Once a state known for rapid population growth, and above-average fecundity, the state’s birthrate is also at a historic low. The results are particularly dismal in coastal Southern California. Los Angeles’ population of people under 17 already has dropped a precipitous 13.6
It shouldn’t be difficult for U.S. presidents to get their tone and content right when it comes to Poland and Russia: Poles are brave and good — and loyal friends to America. Russia’s leaders, not so much.
Yet a string of U.S. commanders-in-chief have flubbed their lines over the years. In a 1976 debate with Jimmy Carter, President Gerald R. Ford intended to proclaim that Soviet occupation of Poland could never conquer the spirit of the Polish people. Inexplicably, it came out this way: “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford
Former President Jimmy Carter has a website on which he tells self-congratulatory stories of his foreign policy exploits. If you go to CarterCenter.org, you can read all about how he negotiated a deal with North Korea that stopped its development of nuclear weapons.
“In 1994, the United States and South Korea were on the brink of war with North Korea, convinced that the North was moving to develop nuclear weapons,” Carter’s story begins.
North Korea had pulled out of the International Atomic Energy Agency and threatened to expel its inspectors. The U.S. was pushing for U.N. sanctions. Tensions were high.
Despite the vogue for using social science as the tip of the spear of policymaking — or perhaps because of it — research and evidence often actually trail behind politics. But in so doing they can call into question the whole framing of an issue, especially one carrying a lot of ideological freight or working as an ideological sorting mechanism.
This is what appears to be happening with Connecticut, still broadly assumed to be one of those wealthy blue coastal states insulated from the disorder and discontent of flyover country’s white working class. We now know, however, that the little
For a long time, it seemed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unspoken (at least publicly) agreement with Sen. Kamala Harris would bear the fruit he intended — inauguration about 17 months from now as governor of California.
The early-2015 understanding between the two San Francisco Democrats, both with campaigns managed by the same San Francisco political consulting firm, was this: To avoid a brutal fight over the Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Barbara Boxer, Newsom would stay out of the 2016 Senate race and concentrate on running for governor two years later.
And so, with help from the SCN Strategies