April 15, 2014 |
George Steffes was a boy standing on Wilshire Boulevard when Dwight D. Eisenhower rolled by in a motorcade, and he was mightily impressed. But that's not what got him into politics. He went to 5 o'clock Mass one day in 1966 and ran into an acquaintance who was working on Ronald Reagan's gubernatorial campaign. Steffes volunteered. He went to Sacramento as Reagan's legislative aide and has been there ever since. He helped to found the first multi-person lobbying firm in Sacramento, Capitol Partners, where he's now “senior advisor,” no longer running the firm day to day. Almost 50 years in Sacramento have given him a long view of its roller-coaster politicking, including low points like the recent indictment of state Sen. Leland Yee. The ride has left him a bit queasy.
April 10, 2014 |
So what can we read into a name? Republican members of Congress, in search of yet another way to honor the man who led them back from the wilderness after the Nixon White House debacle, are trying to rename a mountain after Ronald Reagan. In Nevada. Which, by definition, means out in the middle of a desert , though in this case it has a nice view of Las Vegas. And it's not even like they're trying to name a whole mountain after him. They have their eyes set on a peak that's part of Frenchman Mountain . Which means, technically speaking, Reagan will be secondary to a European.
April 2, 2014 |
With the Major League Baseball season just underway, it's also batter-up this week for baseball-related cultural events in the L.A. area -- a triple play of sorts including a big museum exhibition, a theatrical production focused on baseball songs, and a program of chamber music interspersed with writer-actor Richard Montoya's reflections on the history of Chavez Ravine before it became the Dodgers' home. The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum opens "Baseball! The Exhibition" on Friday, showcasing 800 or more artifacts documenting some of the biggest stars and moments in the game's history, including separate galleries on Dodgers history, on Babe Ruth, and on Reagan's connection to baseball, going back to his start in public life ad-libbing the play-by-play of Chicago Cubs games from a radio studio in Des Moines.
March 28, 2014
Re "Bring on supply-side economics," Opinion, March 23 To quote Ronald Reagan, "There you go again. " Ideologues like Brad Schiller tout supply-side economics once again as a possible cure for our economic woes. Economists teach us about "supply and demand," but it really should be called "demand and supply," because without demand, supply is irrelevant. Demand is what drives everything, including job creation. If you have a line of customers snaking out the door, you will hire employees to meet that demand, regardless of taxes or regulation.
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March 26, 2014 |
Murray Weidenbaum taught students at Washington University in St. Louis and presidents in the White House that government should get out of the way and let people and businesses work as hard as they can to achieve as much as they can. He preached deregulation, and his syndicated newspaper columns caught the eye of Ronald Reagan, who in 1980 was running for president. Reagan took Weidenbaum to the White House as his top economic advisor. At first, the administration used tax cuts to fight high unemployment and inflation.
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March 19, 2014 |
Robert S. Strauss, a one-time chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a Washington insider who combined earthy Texas charm with raw political power, died Wednesday. He was 95. A spokesman for Strauss' Washington law firm, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, confirmed his death but would release no other details. A U.S. trade representative in the Carter administration, Strauss was a poker-playing, cigar-chomping, power-lunch-eating rainmaker who was so successful at recruiting mega-clients that he stopped billing by the hour in the 1970s.