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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992
Benjamin Zycher's article ("Even the Poor Profited in the Reagan Years," Column Right, Dec. 15) belongs in a fairy-tale book. His calculations on a supposed increase in family income for the poor belie the fact that more and more poor families need wages from three or even four jobs to get by today. Moreover, he calculates a growth rate starting from 1982, after the Reagan recession brought family incomes down. Any fourth-grade math student can show an increase if you add from your debt!
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OPINION
June 23, 2007
Re "Money and morals don't mix," Opinion, June 19 Benjamin Zycher has hit on the fundamental problem with the "principled Republicans' " principles. They are amoral. The sum of his argument is that taking a principled stand on moral issues [apartheid, bankrolling terrorism] is relatively ineffectual and misguided because it causes losses to our own bottom lines. Others in this country believe self-sacrifice equals true leadership -- take one for the team, fall on the grenade yourself so that others might live.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1987
Benjamin Zycher's attempt to portray the West Hills controversy in economic terms is fascinating. Economists usually deal in theory; elected officials deal with reality. When Zychers says Councilwoman Joy Picus "has decided to abide by a poll of constituents . . . displaying yet again her abhorrence of leadership," he displays an unfortunate lack of understanding of today's political environment. Elected officials who make arbitrary and unilateral decisions are not leaders.
OPINION
May 12, 2002
Why is trying to get more gas mileage out of a car or truck anathema ("State's Auto Emissions Bill Is Just So Much Gas," by Benjamin Zycher, Commentary, May 8)? If the car manufacturers want us to continue buying SUVs, then they have no choice but to increase mileage. Otherwise, who will be able to afford the gas to fill them? The price of gas is hovering around $1.70 a gallon right now. What is Zycher's answer going to be when it gets to $2 and stays there? Nuclear power creates the most dangerous form of pollution known to man. It's called radioactive nuclear waste.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1987
In response to economist Benjamin Zycher's article on the op-ed page Sept. 4, I am glad to see the local controversy in the Valley has finally been exposed to all of Los Angeles. Now my embarrassment is complete! I live in an area of the county designated Westhills by the county Board of Supervisors back in 1975. This was done to avoid confusion of the various services provided by the city and county. Once I was proud of our community, but now I have been the subject of ridicule due to the hullabaloo over the new West Hills area and its expansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1989
Benjamin Zycher, economist and scholar, writes "The Mystery of Prop. 103 Is Why the Voters Bought Such Outrageous Claims" (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 25), extolling the virtues of the insurance industry and decrying us deluded folk who voted for Prop. 103. Either Zycher is living in a dream world or he is in the pay of the insurance companies or he is just plain stupid. Zycher says, "Some consumers will be forced to subsidize other consumers." Of course we do. Consumers always subsidize other consumers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1988
In his Op-Ed column "Shot in the Foot by Prop. 103" (Nov. 16), Benjamin Zycher blasts Ralph Nader ("the Pied Piper of government coercion") and the voters of California for passing a measure which is merely "a system of price controls." Which of course (a) do not work, (b) are not "fair," (c) are unconstitutional. Do we not have (though we are gradually losing) government control of prices charged by utility suppliers and telephone companies? Are they not required to show just cause (sometimes just any cause)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000
Re "It's Not a Good Idea to Pay Off the Federal Debt," Commentary, Oct. 6: Benjamin Zycher is correct when he says that the national debt should be used for federal investments, but after that he completely falls apart. He implies that those federal investments should never be paid off by reducing the debt. If it is not paid down, then where will the money be to create further federal investments? And doesn't it seem logical that at some time the investments should be paid for? Also, he is wrong about the cause of our huge debt.
OPINION
March 3, 1985
Benjamin Zycher, a Rand Corp. economist, deserves the Apologia Award for his efforts (Editorial Pages, Feb. 5), "On Behalf of Tax Loopholes." He makes no case for loopholes themselves; he even admits that they "may distort private investment decisions" and have an "economic cost" that is undesirable. What then, is there to say on their behalf?
OPINION
June 23, 2007
Re "Money and morals don't mix," Opinion, June 19 Benjamin Zycher has hit on the fundamental problem with the "principled Republicans' " principles. They are amoral. The sum of his argument is that taking a principled stand on moral issues [apartheid, bankrolling terrorism] is relatively ineffectual and misguided because it causes losses to our own bottom lines. Others in this country believe self-sacrifice equals true leadership -- take one for the team, fall on the grenade yourself so that others might live.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2000
Re "It's Not a Good Idea to Pay Off the Federal Debt," Commentary, Oct. 6: Benjamin Zycher is correct when he says that the national debt should be used for federal investments, but after that he completely falls apart. He implies that those federal investments should never be paid off by reducing the debt. If it is not paid down, then where will the money be to create further federal investments? And doesn't it seem logical that at some time the investments should be paid for? Also, he is wrong about the cause of our huge debt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 1992
Benjamin Zycher's article ("Even the Poor Profited in the Reagan Years," Column Right, Dec. 15) belongs in a fairy-tale book. His calculations on a supposed increase in family income for the poor belie the fact that more and more poor families need wages from three or even four jobs to get by today. Moreover, he calculates a growth rate starting from 1982, after the Reagan recession brought family incomes down. Any fourth-grade math student can show an increase if you add from your debt!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1992 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is vice president for research at the Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation in Santa Monica. He was an economist at RAND and a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers during 1981-83.
That Ronald Reagan is responsible for the problems of the inner cities is an argument now quite popular among the interest groups benefiting from federal spending programs. Unfortunately, this trendy notion must confront a large body of inconvenient facts easily available in the historical record. The Reagan Administration emphasized the fight against inflation rather than efforts for full employment, thus exacerbating poverty and joblessness. Wrong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1992 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is vice president for research at the Milken Institute for Job and Capital Formation in Sherman Oaks.
That life is full of surprises results from the obvious difficulty with which individuals attempt to predict the future. Human adaptation to this uncertainty takes many forms, foremost among them specialization in the amount and types of risks that people and institutions are willing to bear. Some people accept greater risks in the hope of greater future returns, while others accept a greater certainty of lower returns in order to reduce the risk of outcomes even less salutary.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1991 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is an economist in Agoura Hills and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington
The U.S. Senate, oops, the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, passed yet another crime bill recently, demonstrating the toughness of our honored solons. In this age of sequels, this bill ought to be renamed "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly II," for it promotes noble sentiments even as it will increase deaths not among criminals but among the innocent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 7, 1989
Benjamin Zycher, economist and scholar, writes "The Mystery of Prop. 103 Is Why the Voters Bought Such Outrageous Claims" (Op-Ed Page, Aug. 25), extolling the virtues of the insurance industry and decrying us deluded folk who voted for Prop. 103. Either Zycher is living in a dream world or he is in the pay of the insurance companies or he is just plain stupid. Zycher says, "Some consumers will be forced to subsidize other consumers." Of course we do. Consumers always subsidize other consumers.
OPINION
May 12, 2002
Why is trying to get more gas mileage out of a car or truck anathema ("State's Auto Emissions Bill Is Just So Much Gas," by Benjamin Zycher, Commentary, May 8)? If the car manufacturers want us to continue buying SUVs, then they have no choice but to increase mileage. Otherwise, who will be able to afford the gas to fill them? The price of gas is hovering around $1.70 a gallon right now. What is Zycher's answer going to be when it gets to $2 and stays there? Nuclear power creates the most dangerous form of pollution known to man. It's called radioactive nuclear waste.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 1991 | BENJAMIN ZYCHER, Benjamin Zycher is an economist in Agoura Hills and an adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute in Washington
The U.S. Senate, oops, the World's Greatest Deliberative Body, passed yet another crime bill recently, demonstrating the toughness of our honored solons. In this age of sequels, this bill ought to be renamed "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly II," for it promotes noble sentiments even as it will increase deaths not among criminals but among the innocent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1988
In his Op-Ed column "Shot in the Foot by Prop. 103" (Nov. 16), Benjamin Zycher blasts Ralph Nader ("the Pied Piper of government coercion") and the voters of California for passing a measure which is merely "a system of price controls." Which of course (a) do not work, (b) are not "fair," (c) are unconstitutional. Do we not have (though we are gradually losing) government control of prices charged by utility suppliers and telephone companies? Are they not required to show just cause (sometimes just any cause)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1987
In response to economist Benjamin Zycher's article on the op-ed page Sept. 4, I am glad to see the local controversy in the Valley has finally been exposed to all of Los Angeles. Now my embarrassment is complete! I live in an area of the county designated Westhills by the county Board of Supervisors back in 1975. This was done to avoid confusion of the various services provided by the city and county. Once I was proud of our community, but now I have been the subject of ridicule due to the hullabaloo over the new West Hills area and its expansion.
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