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August 31, 1992
Bill Clinton proposes to tax the rich. The Democratic Party definition of the rich: anyone not on welfare. JAMES W. McWILLIAM, Santa Maria
April 24, 2014 | By Walter Hamilton
The wealthy are getting even wealthier - in part because they're so wealthy to start with. That's the upshot of new research, which shows that the richest 1% of Americans derive huge profits from capital gains, stock dividends and other types of business- or investment-related gains. In other words, rich people are making a lot of money on their money. Anyone, of course, can benefit from stock-related gains. But the rich have benefited a lot more, in part because they have higher incomes that enable them to invest more.
November 14, 1997
America would be better off if more of its rich had known the advantages of being poor. JACK O'MARA Irvine
April 24, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Based on the 2011 Cameron Diaz film of the same name, "Bad Teacher" is something of a novelty on CBS, a single-camera comedy in a sea of old-fashioned multicamera, feel-the-hilarity sitcoms like "The Big Bang Theory," "Two Broke Girls" and "Mike & Molly. " ("The Crazy Ones," whose time slot "Bad Teacher" will occupy, cracked that mold this season but did not break it.) Nevertheless, and for all the studied outrageousness of its model, it tells a now-familiar, deceptively sweet tale of the unruly force that brings its own kind of order and relief.
September 1, 2006
Re "Middle-Class Workers Ailing in Census Checkup," Aug. 30 The Census Bureau has taken to breaking down the economic category of "poor" to be "poverty stricken" and "severely poverty stricken" (under $10,000?). Might I suggest that anyone earning a salary of more than $1 million be classified as "severely rich" and those pulling down a salary of more than $2.5 million be labeled "obscenely rich." ROBERT ARONOFF South Pasadena
March 2, 2001
Re "Pardon Reignites Jewish Stereotypes," Commentary, Feb. 25: Walter Reich said what needed to be said. He may get a lot of flak from some quarters. But I believe that many Jewish Americans, like myself, have been distressed by the actions of the Marc Rich pardon advocates, both here and in Israel, and support Reich's views. NORMAN H. KALSON Fullerton
July 8, 1995
Regarding the appointment of UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea L. Rich as president and chief officer for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("Rich's Appointment Is Epic Change for LACMA," Calendar, June 28). Fifteen years ago, when I was a faculty member at UCLA, Ms. Rich was in charge of distributing grant monies for educational aid in the classroom. As a recipient of said monies on several occasions, I found her ultimately more supportive of my needs, as an artist attempting to communicate to my class (read: public)
December 18, 2012 | By Randall Roberts
This year Interscope Records has a little surprise for us under the tree: Arriving amid the good cheer, the caroling and the mistletoe comes gangsta rapper Chief Keef's studio debut, "Finally Rich. " Landing a week before the big day, the 17-year-old Chicago thug offers infectious odes to nihilism and tirades against haters that are as simple-minded and catchy as they are brutal. Musically, however, the album shimmers with power, which makes the dozen songs feel even more dangerous. Apparently unintentional is Keef's placement of a song called "Hallelujah" near the beginning of his album in the week leading up to Christmas.
September 25, 2005
President Bush over and over has been refusing to raise taxes. There have been complaints that he only taxes the middle class; now we can say that we were wrong. By increasing the Medicare premiums 13%, he is now taxing the poor. The rich are yet to be affected. JACK ADELMAN Glendale
March 26, 2006
"Private Justice Can Be Yours if You're Rich" (Golden State, March 16) targeted the wrong system. Private justice is not merely for the rich; it is for anyone who is money- and time-conscious. The public court system is underfunded, overburdened and incapable of handling the huge volume of filings. The cases cannot receive the time and attention they merit. Litigation costs in the "free" public court justice system are exponentially greater than the cost of private justice. Alexandra Leichter Private adjudicator Beverly Hills
April 19, 2014
Southern Italy is full of undiscovered gems with tremendous quality for the price. This Montepulciano d'Abruzzo (not to be confused with the much pricier Vino Nobile di Montepulciano) from the Masciarelli estate is one such wine. The vineyards are worked organically, the way the family has always done it. Made from the indigenous Montepulciano d'Abruzzo grape, the 2009 Masciarelli "Marina Cveti" is rich and full-bodied, tasting of crushed blackberries and cherries, with a touch of tobacco and earth.
April 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
If “Mad Men” is a story of the '60s told from the perspective of those who “lost” the decade, then it's perfectly apt that the key line in the premiere of the show's final season comes from Richard Nixon, the man who championed the silent majority. In the closing minutes of “Time Zones,” Don shines his shoes as the new president delivers his inaugural address on television. One line from the speech stirs Don to attention: "We have found ourselves rich in goods but ragged in spirit.” Sound like anyone you know?
April 12, 2014 | Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
This is not a review, exactly, of the new season of "Mad Men," its seventh and, depending on how you slice it, its last. In order to hang on to this jewel as long as is seemly, AMC will divide its 14 episodes into two parts, to conclude in 2015. It could dollop it out over 14 years, I suppose, each year bringing a single new hour, as precious as that new Wu-Tang album. But there is only so much the people will stand. This is also not a review partly because Matthew Weiner, whose creation this is, is finicky about spoilers - "finicky" doesn't really do it justice.
April 10, 2014 | By Pico Iyer
All night long there were footsteps in the corridor, as girls from the nearby bars slipped in and out of rooms. I could hear bottles being smashed in the streets, the whining of an air conditioner that never quite took the edge off the tropical heat. When I walked out after dark, it was to see long lines of broken storefronts - "WANTED: Sexy Karaoke Singers" - and dozens of people lining up to apply for jobs in Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Money-changers' shacks, a folk club staffed only by dwarfs, mothers clutching babies in the rain.
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
I was 8 years old in the summer of 1966, which was about the time I discovered that professional baseball was something I could follow in the daily newspaper. There were standings, all those box scores and statistics to pore over and, as an East Coaster, the revelation that baseball games on the West Coast happened later and thus were subject to the abbreviation “inc” on the list of the previous days' results. That was also the year I became a Baltimore Orioles fan, due in no small part to the team's tremendous season and the 4-0 shellacking they gave the Los Angeles Dodgers in the best-of-seven World Series that fall (sorry about that, Los Angeles)
April 3, 2014 | By David Horsey
America has seen some impressive winning streaks -- the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan, the New York Yankees for half the 20thcentury, Tiger Woods until his wife caught him with his putter on the wrong green -- - but few can surpass the string of wins being racked up by rich people. And now, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court's conservatives, the super-wealthy can take another victory lap. On Wednesday, in a 5-4 ruling, the highest court in the land took one more big step toward eliminating all the campaign finance laws that have been enacted since the Watergate scandal in the 1970s.
March 31, 2014 | By Warren Grimes
Imagine famous football coaches and professional athletes taking a 50% salary cut. University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban's annual salary would be a mere $3.5 million or so. Angels baseball star Albert Pujols would earn just $8 million a year. And the Lakers' Kobe Bryant would have to be satisfied with a yearly $15 million. Not by chance, if this came to pass, you the consumer would reclaim control of your rapidly rising monthly subscription TV bill. This is not just idle speculation.
March 30, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
With a lineup built around Hanley Ramirez and Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers might have more offensive firepower than any team in the National League. But catcher A.J. Ellis said that if they win the World Series this year, the primary reason will be the same as it was for any of the franchise's previous titles. "Like all the great Dodger teams of the past, it's going to be the pitching that carries us," Ellis said. The franchise's fundamental philosophy remains the same, which is reflected in the Dodgers committing about half of their record $250-million payroll to pitching.
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