November 11, 2012 |
Dear Liz: I am increasingly annoyed by the entitlement attitude of today's students. Why should the taxpayers (me) pay to educate somebody else's children? I remember when there was no such thing as a student loan. If I wanted to go to college and didn't have the money for tuition, I delayed starting college until I had worked for a year and saved up the money. Many of my friends did this, as did I. Now these kids stand around with their hands out looking for somebody to bring them their education on a silver platter.
September 25, 2012
Re "His conservatism may be article of faith for Romney," Sept. 21 Neither the government nor the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will pay a needy church member's mortgage, but both offer food assistance. When a church does it, it's a helping hand; when we all do it (with our tax revenue), it's a handout. According to this view, a family of four with a monthly income of $1,200 (and not paying income tax) is self-reliant and taking personal responsibility if it accepts help from the Mormon Church, but it believes itself a victim if it accepts government help.
July 2, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said at a campaign event Sunday that President Obama would “rather you be his slave,” yet another instance of the congressman making outrageous remarks that grabbed attention. “He does not want you to have the self-esteem of getting up and earning and having that title of American,” he said in Port Saint Lucie, Fla. “He'd rather you be his slave.” West's statements were videotaped and aired by Florida's WPTV . West, a tea party favorite, has a history of making outlandish remarks to supporters.
April 5, 2012 |
Last week, the Senate voted on a proposal by New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez to end some of the billions of dollars in handouts enjoyed by the fossil-fuel industry. The Repeal Big Oil Tax Subsidies Act was a curiously skimpy bill that targeted only oil companies, and just the five richest of them at that. Left out were coal and natural gas. Even so, the proposal didn't pass. But that hasn't stopped President Obama from calling for an end to oil subsidies at every stop on his early presidential-campaign-plus-fundraising blitz.
November 19, 2011 |
With the Occupy L.A. tent community just steps from the L.A. Mall, one might expect the underground retail center to be reaping the benefits of the growing crowd. But many merchants said it's been more of a headache than a windfall. Salim Virani said his dry-cleaning business has suffered from layoffs in recent months at nearby government facilities downtown, including Los Angeles City Hall. So he wasn't thrilled to have Occupy L.A. campers come by and ask him to clean up to 30 sleeping bags, free of charge.
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October 23, 2011 |
If you own a struggling restaurant, or if you always wanted to open an eatery but don't have the clams, you may be in luck. Just go to Los Angeles City Hall, and hold out your hand. That's how it worked for one South Los Angeles restaurateur anyway. After the restaurant's manager couldn't get a bank loan, the City Council unanimously approved a taxpayer-financed $2.6-million loan so he could purchase and freshen up the restaurant his grandparents founded. Now don't get me wrong.