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It’s a Depression, Folks!

It’s a Depression, Folks!

  By Richard Colman Most Americans are not old enough to remember the Great Depression, which lasted from 1929 to 1939. During that era, American unemployment reached 25 percent.  An additional percentage was underemployed. Citizens also lost their homes and life savings.  Banks failed, and depositors lost their money.  Industrial production collapsed.  People had no […]

California: A Nightmare of Over Regulation

California: A Nightmare of Over Regulation

  By Richard Colman, The California Political News and Views The State of California is choking its residents with excessive regulations. Do you owe the state any tax money?  Don’t send in a check.  The state wants electronic payments.  The state’s collection agency for taxes, the Franchise Tax Board of California, will apply a penalty […]

The Democrat’s Last Chance

The Democrat’s Last Chance

  By Richard Colman, The California Political News and Views If Democrats want to win the White House in 2020, time is slipping away. President Donald Trump could easily be a favorite to win re-election. But the president’s chances for a new four-year lease on the White House could be in jeopardy. The Democrats are […]

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise

  By Richard Colman, The California Political News and Views To paraphrase Jackie Gleason, “How Sweet It Was.”  “It” refers to California.  From 1946 to 1999, California was the place to be.  Coastal California didn’t have snow, and if a person wanted snow, he could drive to ski resorts, such as Lake Tahoe and Lake […]

Tax Illegal Immigration

Tax Illegal Immigration

  By Richard Colman, The California Political News and Views   A wall along the American-Mexican border, according to a 2017 Reuters report, would cost $21.6 billion and take 3.5 years to build.  In 2018, there were an estimated 500,000 illegal border crossings into the United States.  If there are 500,000 such crossings each year, […]

Ten Things That Should Disappear

Ten Things That Should Disappear

  By Richard Colman There are too many rules, laws, and regulations. Here are 10 things that should disappear: (1) THE LOCAL GASOLINE SALES TAX.  On a gallon of gasoline, there is a federal tax and a state tax.  Local governments can add another tax, which means that the local tax is a tax on […]

Is History Repeating Itself?

Is History Repeating Itself?

  By Richard Colman The president is unpopular.  He cannot go anywhere without attracting hoards of demonstrators.  The nation is sharply divided.  There is war without end.  The stock market is erratic.  Is this America in 2019?  No.  This is America in 1968, one of the worst single years in American history.  In 1968, President […]

The Angry American

The Angry American

  By Richard Colman From the end of World War II (1945) to the year 2000, Americans seemed to be a rather happy lot. The years when the Vietnam War was intense (1965 to 1972) may be an exception. But for most of the post-World War II era, Americans saw a rising standard of living,  […]

The Language Police

The Language Police

  By Richard Colman, California Political News and Views There is a new phenomenon in California and the rest of the nation:  the language police.  English words that have been used for centuries in America and elsewhere are now being banned or transformed in some places.  Berkeley, California, a place with many liberal ideas, voted in mid-July 2019 […]

California Needs A “Mensch”

California Needs A “Mensch”

  By Richard Colman The words “mensch” in German or Yiddish technically means a person. But, over time, mensch has acquired new meanings.  In Yiddish, a mensch is someone to admire.  In American English, a mensch often means a person who will stand up for what is right. Look at what is going on in […]

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