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OPINION
May 23, 2012
Re "True austerity," Opinion, May 18 Fiscal conservatives will always claim that the real problem is that the austerity measures undertaken in Europe didn't go far enough. Similarly, there's the claim that the reasonGeorge W. Bush, through his tax cuts and anti-regulatory stance, presided over the worst economic performance of any president in modern history was because he wasn't a true conservative. We have an obvious historical parallel. How did we finally exit the Depression?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2013 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Jan Perry occasionally lets loose a subtle swipe at her rivals in the Los Angeles mayor's race. But for the most part she has been a polite voice in the campaign's many debates, presenting herself as a truth-teller willing to forthrightly confront the city's challenges. But away from the public forums, the councilwoman who represents South Los Angeles and part of downtown has unleashed a blistering attack on City Controller Wendy Greuel in an effort to draw fiscally conservative voters into her column.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2009
The slogan of the National Endowment for the Arts is "a great nation deserves great art." Were it only that simple. When Congress voted on President Obama's $787-billion stimulus package, fiscal conservatives slammed the NEA's $50-million allocation. It wasn't the first time the agency, whose 2008 budget was about $144 million, had been thrust under the microscope. Since awarding its first grant in 1965, the NEA most famously riled opponents in 1996 with its plan to award grants to a quartet of controversial artists.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2013 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
One big advantage for a Los Angeles city controller aspiring to higher office is the ability to make news with a steady flow of audits exposing wasteful spending at City Hall. So while stuck in Hollywood Freeway traffic on a recent morning, Wendy Greuel, controller and candidate for mayor, picked up her phone for a radio interview about one of those reports, accusing the city of squandering $325,000 on improper mileage reimbursements. "That was really just the tip of the iceberg," she told listeners, recycling a line she's used to publicize previous audits finding lavish travel spending at the Housing Authority and credit card abuses at the Coliseum.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
In her first televised interview since declaring her presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of having a “shocking" lack of empathy toward Americans victimized by the struggling economy. “I talk to people. I care about people,” the Minnesota Republican told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Wednesday evening. “The president has no understanding of what is happening in real people's lives.”  Coming off a debate performance in New Hampshire earlier this week for which was generally given high marks, Bachmann has edged her way into the  White House conversation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2010 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
The governor and the Legislature did the smart thing politically by removing their pork-stuffed water bond proposal from the voters' grasp in November. Next, they should do the prudent thing, both politically and fiscally, by tossing out the pork. That would make the bond much more digestible to voters if, indeed, it does wind up on the 2012 ballot as now scheduled. If not, the voters — the taxpayers — are very likely to do the right thing for themselves and bury the bloated $11.1-billion bond.
NATIONAL
March 20, 2010 | By Janet Hook and Noam N. Levey
When crunch time came on President Obama's healthcare initiative, the pressure on Democratic holdouts came from almost everywhere -- from Air Force One and the House speaker's suite, from blaring television ads and anxious constituents. But for Rep. Dale E. Kildee, the last word came in a Catholic rectory, during a quiet morning hour of meditation and counsel that ended with a priest laying both hands on the Michigan Democrat's head in a blessing. For Kildee, who spent six years in seminary as a young man, support for the bill was contingent on its banning federal funding for abortion.
OPINION
September 26, 2011
Obama and the GOP Re "Government by brinkmanship," Editorial, Sept. 22 One might argue that President Obama is a subtle, effective leader. He correctly read the voters' desire to stop hyper- partisanship in Washington, actively demonstrated commitment to bipartisanship and, by the way, gave the Republicans enough rope to hang themselves with. On the other hand, one might argue that Obama is a bumbling, ineffectual leader. He has consistently thrown away chances to yank Congress' chain and force Republicans to cooperate.
WORLD
August 29, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In a now familiar political ritual, Japan's ruling party on Monday picked a new prime minister -- the sixth in five years -- to lead the nation past a host of domestic ills, including a stagnant economy and a lingering nuclear crisis. In a tense runoff vote, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, known as a tight-fisted fiscal hawk, defeated his closest rival, Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, even though Kaieda's had the backing of a powerful but publicly disgraced party boss. The 54-year-old Noda replaces outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who resigned Friday after just 15 months in office, carrying through on a promise to step down amid criticism that he had mishandled the nation's response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2009 | Eric Bailey
Assembly Republicans picked Sam Blakeslee as their new leader Thursday, choosing a coastal lawmaker known as a fiscal conservative with environmental leanings to lead them through what could be a long season of budget talks. The 53-year-old Blakeslee, from San Luis Obispo, will replace Assemblyman Mike Villines (R-Clovis) on June 1. Villines came under fire from fellow Republicans for helping push through a February budget deal that included a $12.5-billion tax hike.
OPINION
May 23, 2012
Re "True austerity," Opinion, May 18 Fiscal conservatives will always claim that the real problem is that the austerity measures undertaken in Europe didn't go far enough. Similarly, there's the claim that the reasonGeorge W. Bush, through his tax cuts and anti-regulatory stance, presided over the worst economic performance of any president in modern history was because he wasn't a true conservative. We have an obvious historical parallel. How did we finally exit the Depression?
OPINION
September 26, 2011
Obama and the GOP Re "Government by brinkmanship," Editorial, Sept. 22 One might argue that President Obama is a subtle, effective leader. He correctly read the voters' desire to stop hyper- partisanship in Washington, actively demonstrated commitment to bipartisanship and, by the way, gave the Republicans enough rope to hang themselves with. On the other hand, one might argue that Obama is a bumbling, ineffectual leader. He has consistently thrown away chances to yank Congress' chain and force Republicans to cooperate.
WORLD
August 29, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In a now familiar political ritual, Japan's ruling party on Monday picked a new prime minister -- the sixth in five years -- to lead the nation past a host of domestic ills, including a stagnant economy and a lingering nuclear crisis. In a tense runoff vote, Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda, known as a tight-fisted fiscal hawk, defeated his closest rival, Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, even though Kaieda's had the backing of a powerful but publicly disgraced party boss. The 54-year-old Noda replaces outgoing Prime Minister Naoto Kan, who resigned Friday after just 15 months in office, carrying through on a promise to step down amid criticism that he had mishandled the nation's response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
NATIONAL
June 26, 2011 | Melanie Mason and Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Rep. Michele Bachmann has been propelled into the 2012 presidential contest in part by her insistent calls to reduce federal spending, a pitch in tune with the big-government antipathy gripping many conservatives. But theMinnesota Republican and her family have benefited personally from government aid, an examination of her record and finances shows. A counseling clinic run by her husband has received nearly $30,000 from the state ofMinnesota in the last five years, money that in part came from the federal government.
NEWS
June 16, 2011 | By James Oliphant
In her first televised interview since declaring her presidential candidacy, Michele Bachmann accused President Obama of having a “shocking" lack of empathy toward Americans victimized by the struggling economy. “I talk to people. I care about people,” the Minnesota Republican told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity Wednesday evening. “The president has no understanding of what is happening in real people's lives.”  Coming off a debate performance in New Hampshire earlier this week for which was generally given high marks, Bachmann has edged her way into the  White House conversation.
NEWS
March 15, 2011 | James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Rep. Dean Heller of Nevada moved quickly Tuesday to try and fill the space left by the retiring Sen. John Ensign, announcing his bid to replace the embattled Republican. Heller, 50, who just began his fourth term in Congress, cited hard economic times in his Nevada in his statement.  The unemployment rate in the state is 14% and it has been hammered by foreclosures. He signaled that he’ll run as a fiscal conservative, saying he was the only member of the Nevada congressional delegation to vote against the Wall Street bailout” in 2007 and 2008.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2004 | Lee Romney, Times Staff Writer
ROSEVILLE, Calif. -- Toni Casey is at it again. The former mayor of Los Altos Hills wades through the crowd at the Placer County Republican Party's fundraiser with a wide smile and a piercing gaze, repeating her mantra in a slight Southern lilt. "Hi. I'm Toni Casey. And I'm going to retire Barbara Boxer," she says, getting "I'm all for that" from a few women in the crowd. But getting through the gatekeepers of the state's most Republican county wasn't easy. Casey is a Republican.
OPINION
September 29, 1996 | LENNY GOLDBERG, Lenny Goldberg, executive director of the California Tax Reform Assn., is a consultant and public-interest lobbyist in Sacramento
In the battle over the country's economic future, Bill Clinton is clearly the fiscal conservative while Bob Dole is the supply-side radical in the Reagan mold. Clinton seeks fiscal restraint as unemployment drops, while Dole wants to pump $700 billion in tax cuts into an economy that last quarter grew at a resounding 4.8%. Is it surprising that the public is skeptical of Dole's program? Clinton's reluctant remaking as an "Eisenhower Republican" concerned about the bond market has worked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 2011 | By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor endorsed a little-known election challenger to L.A. City Councilman Bernard C. Parks on Monday night, raising the odds that labor could wage an expensive battle against him in his South Los Angeles district. Parks, a fiscal conservative who heads the city's Finance and Budget Committee, has long had a rocky relationship with Los Angeles labor unions. In 2008, the federation spent at least $8.5 million to defeat him when he ran against then-state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas for the 2nd District seat on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and the two sides have been increasingly at odds as the city's budget crisis has worsened.
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