November 8, 2013 |
For anyone interested in the politics of left and right -- and in political journalism as it is practiced at the highest level -- George Orwell's works are indispensable. This week, in the year marking the 110th anniversary of his birth, we present a personal list of his five greatest essays. The winner and still champ, Orwell's "Politics and the English Language" stands as the finest deconstruction of slovenly writing since Mark Twain's " Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses . " Orwell's essay, published in 1946 in Cyril Connolly's literary review Horizon, is not as sarcastic or funny as Twain's, but unlike Twain, Orwell makes the connection between degraded language and political deceit (at both ends of the political spectrum)
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November 15, 1999
Politics is the art of compromise: First your principles, then your constituency and then your country. Not always, but all too often. RUSS TRAVIS Bakersfield
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February 8, 2010 |
The Legislature is about to decide whether to allow a colleague to become the first Republican Latino to hold statewide office in 135 years. But more important questions also will be answered: Can the Legislature's Democratic majority vote for a Republican? Can Democratic Latinos vote for a potentially rival Republican Latino? Can Republican conservatives vote for one of the Legislature's very rare Republican moderates? In short, can this Legislature behave in a bipartisan manner?
April 23, 2014
Re "Money won't buy you votes," Opinion, April 20 Law professor Peter H. Schuck makes the ridiculous suggestion that because the amount of money spent in the 2012 election was considerably less than what Americans spent on cosmetic surgery in 2011, we shouldn't worry about it. Then he notes that campaign spending as a share of the gross domestic product has not risen appreciably for more than a century. Why should campaign spending be related to economic output? Schuck cites a study finding that an extra $175,000 in campaign spending increases a candidate's vote tally by a third of a percentage point.
July 17, 2013
Re "Foes of border bill focus on House," July 14 I chuckle when I see advocates of curbing immigration attacked for not being truly conservative. We're also attacked as just racists for not being truly liberal supporters of workers and the environment. In reality, immigration cuts across political lines. Some fiscal conservatives want mass immigration for cheap labor. Some social liberals want mass immigration for diversity or to help poor and oppressed foreigners. By contrast, some cultural conservatives want less immigration to preserve America from an unassimilable human wave.
March 17, 2013
Re "Playing ball with AEG," Editorial, March 15 The Times' editorial board cannot control its bias even when writing about a business topic. Regarding the editorial's description of AEG owner Phil Anschutz as "the conservative Denver billionaire," noting Anschutz's political persuasion is completely irrelevant. The fact that some of our less-than-ideal local leaders might have reservations about him because of his politics should be ridiculed. Anschutz has brought much economic benefit to the area.