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At least the Democrats never tried to make sure that the country collapsed
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Here's what really scares me about Republicans in Washington: they don't want the economy to get better.Read more »

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No amount of volunteerism will lift huge masses out of poverty
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Jane Reilly, a candidate for supervisor in District Two, came in to talk to us last week, and before we got around to interrogating her about tax policy, she told us a bit about her background. And while she was describing all of her (considerable) qualifications for the job, she noted that she's done a lot of good work in the community and is "passionate about volunteerism." Read more »

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Why one Chronicle columnist can do fundraisers and one can't
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On Sept. 16, supporters of Proposition B, the pension reform measure that would also reduce health care benefits for the children of city workers, held a fundraiser at Le Méridien Hotel — which is one of the hotels on the union boycott list. That was a bad idea, and it put Public Defender Jeff Adachi, the sponsor of Prop. B, in a difficult bind. His proposition, his fundraiser — and he had to cross a picket line to get in the door. So did former mayor Willie Brown, who was one of the fundraiser's feature guests. Read more »

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How important is long-time residence to a candidate for district supervisor - and how long is long enough?
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Tredmond@sfbg.com

We've been doing a lot of reporting on Steve Moss, a candidate for supervisor in District 10 who lived in District 8 when he filed his initial election papers and launched his campaign. Moss, who owns a residential building on Liberty Street near Dolores Park, insists he is now a full-time resident of Potrero Hill, renting a nice place at 18th and Vermont — and that he moved in long before the legal deadline for declaring an official candidacy. Read more »

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The Labor Day launch of the fall campaign season
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tredmond@sfbg.com

California politics starts early. The campaigns in this state were underway long before the traditional Labor Day launch of the fall campaign season. Except for Jerry Brown, who only in the past week has started acting like a candidate for governor of the most populous state in the nation.

And that's not a mistake.

Here's how I'm seeing things shape up at what is more accurately described as a midpoint in the campaign season: Read more »

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The economic policies of the past decade are even screwing rich people

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Tredmond@sfbg.com

The rich are getting screwed in the United States today. And that's not a statement from Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, or the remnants of George W. Bush's brain. It's coming from mainstream, even liberal economists, who have looked at the hard numbers around the battle over the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Read more »

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You can't trust the rich to make the right decisions about where the nation's resources should go
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tredmond@sfbg.com

Every once in a while, The New York Times Magazine drops a profound and staggeringly important bit of information into a slot that typically reserved for softer articles. So I read at least the first few paragraphs of everything — and on Aug. 22 the opening essay by Judith Warner made a point that ought to be the center of the national debate on the Bush tax cuts, the value of philanthropy, and the direction of economic policy in a lingering recession. Read more »

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The Giving Pledge makes me want to throw up
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tredmond@sfbg.com

I suppose I should be thrilled that 40 of the richest people in the United States have agreed to give away half their money before they die. Actually, it kind of makes me sick.Read more »

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Lessons from Canada
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I just got back from a short trip to Canada, the land of government health care and tight bank regulations, where business is booming. From my hotel room in downtown Toronto, I could see construction cranes everywhere. The Globe and Mail had a fascinating report on a construction company manager in Winnipeg who was learning the language of the Cree tribe and creating a new apprenticeship program for First Nations people — in large part because he was facing a serious labor shortage. Read more »

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The cops deal with annoying white people all the time, and they don't get beat up, shot, or abused anywhere nearly as often as black people
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Broken windows can be replaced, and in two weeks, they will be. Stolen merchandise can be replaced, and it will be. But who's going to replace this justice system that got looted? What insurance policy takes care of that?

Davey D Cook, Hard Knock Radio, KPFA, July 9 Read more »