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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Steve Moore of the WSJ on the $9 trillion 10-yr budget deficit, the shrinking GDP and jobs losses. Also, Earthquake at L.A.Unified. Sat Aug 29,2009

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[Edit posted 8/30/2009: Richard Rider, honored this past week as "Tax Fighter of the Year," by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, dropped in and chatted with us for a while, until he had to run off to do a TV interview with a reporter.]

This Saturday on the program Steve Moore of the WSJ, on the Obama Administration finally raising their own projected 10 year budget deficit to 9 trillion dollars, the GDP shrinks again, another 1 percent, for the forth quarter in a row, and where are the jobs?

We'll talk with Steve about CA's latest 'really creative' solution (Not) : raise taxes on middle income earners and small business owners--the ones who haven't left the state yet.
Last October, on the Bill Maher's Show, Steve said: "Our nation was founded on the principle of a tax revolt. . . . The American nation was founded because Americans hate paying taxes". He's the author of many books, including The End of Prosperity, co authored with Arthur Laffer and Peter Tanous. And he is very excited about the Tea Party revolts he has witnessed across the nation.

Larry Sand, recently retired L.A. Unified School District teacher, and the founder and president of the California Teacher's Empowerment Network, joins me to talk about this week's earth shaking news that the nation's 2nd largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, voted yes on Tuesday, to allow private charter school companies to take over 200 failing schools and to operate 50 new schools.

The union is threatening to sue and vows to fight the decision. The proposal known as the "School Choice" measure, will allow charter operators and other institutions to bid for control of 50 new schools - including 20 campuses in the 2010-2011 school year - plus 200 "failing" campuses. The change will affect more than 200,000 students representing more than one-third of the student population in the LAUSD.

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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