CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1992
The Republican Party wants to cut down on regulation of big businesses, bust labor unions and eliminate plaintiff lawyers and laws that protect the rights of working people. If Republicans get everything on their wish list, we won't have to read "The Jungle" by Upton Sinclair to see how intolerable working conditions were in America 100 years ago--we'll be living it! PHILIP R. BLUSTEIN Beverly Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 1992
In his article "Getting Even" (Opinion, Nov. 29) John Podhoretz got it all wrong. If any group of people were becoming "imperialist" government bureaucrats, it was the Republicans. John Sununu is a prime example, among others, who used high office to further their own ends as well as those of friends. The 12 years of Republican rule is rife with these examples. Republicans talk about "less government," but only insofar as it doesn't impede their ambitions. School vouchers are a good example.
May 8, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The immigration reform bill crafted by a bipartisan group of senators has deeply split the Republican minority even as lawmakers prepare to take the first votes on the proposal Thursday. Alabama's Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, a conservative former prosecutor with a courtly drawl, has emerged as the leading opponent of the bill. He is aiming at his GOP colleagues with unusual zeal, and calls out the architects of the bill as, essentially, dishonest. "Sen. Flake is wrong: It's not a 13-year path to citizenship or welfare," blared one recent missive from Sessions targeting Arizona's Republican senator, Jeff Flake, who helped draft the legislation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2011 |
Much has been opined about taxes over the generations, but my favorite still is the observation of Oliver Wendell Holmes: "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society. " The Supreme Court justice's law clerk supposedly responded: "I've got about as much civilized society as I can afford. " But that may be apocryphal. Gov. Ronald Reagan, in 1967, boldly told the grass-roots California Republican Assembly that he was raising taxes by a record amount and most voters supported him "because they see the need to balance the budget.
April 13, 2010 |
According to many writers in the conservative blogosphere, the census taker is second only to the tax man as the preeminent symbol of government intrusion. Now several prominent Republicans, fearing the rhetoric could result in an undercount of their ranks, are trying to tamp down the census critics. Former White House advisor Karl Rove recently made a public service announcement urging participation in the decennial head count. Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, the ranking Republican on the House committee that oversees the census, issued a statement criticizing claims that the survey is unconstitutional.
April 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Despite a veto threat from President Obama, the House approved a business tax break that critics say would add $46 billion to the deficit and do little to create jobs. The 20% break for companies with fewer than 500 employees drew overwhelming support from Republicans as a boost to the economy, but was attacked by Democrats as favoring wealthier business owners, celebrities and sports teams. The vote was 235-173. The showdown comes after Republicans earlier this week in the Senate shot down Obama's proposed "Buffett rule" for taxing millionaires, and reflects the parties' competing visions for how best to address the nation's fiscal and economic issues heading to the fall election.
December 8, 2011 |
With fewer than four weeks until the first votes are cast in the presidential race, a surprising finding: Republicans' enthusiasm about voting is on the wane. At the same time, Democrats are increasingly enthusiastic about the 2012 vote, cutting into what had been a distinct advantage on the part of Republicans. A new Gallup survey shows that 49% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they are more enthusiastic about voting in the White House race compared with past elections, while 44% are less enthusiastic.
September 23, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- As the deadline draws closer for large parts of the federal government to begin shutting down, backers of the nation's three major political factions have very different views on whether their representatives should compromise or hold firm. By more than a 3-to-1 margin, Republicans who identify with the tea party said they want lawmakers who agree with them to “stand by their principles, even if that means the government shuts down,” according to a new Pew Research Center survey . By contrast, majorities of Republicans who do not identify with the tea party, as well as most Democrats, said they want lawmakers who agree with them on the issues to “be more willing to compromise, even if that means they pass a budget you disagree with.” Democrats took that position, 76%-18%, while non-tea party Republicans said so 54%-38%.