Joelle Gamble I think haven may not have been the best word and steady is a typo. The point was to demonstrate the California is (or at least has been in the past) host to a diverse set of industries. The state of the agriculture and entertainment industries is an entirely different discussion, and a depressing one at that. My overall point is that California is big and it has a power economy to match...even though that economy has been struggling for some time now.
Joelle Gamble Hi, I'm also in NJ without power...currently in a starbucks :) I also waited in a gas line yesterday. Probably, the most infuriating thing to happen to me in a while. However, in my particular area, Obama offered the national guard to our municipal government and they denied it. THAT is the fundamental issue with disaster relief coordination, in my opinion. The federal government can offer aid but it is up to local and state governments to accept that aid and work with the federal government in coordinating the restoration of order. I would suggest that you check to see what actions were taken...or not taken...by your local authorities.
Joelle Gamble Focusing on the second half of this piece, what do people think of small donor matching programs which I propose at the bottom on the article? Other ideas? Or is the status quo sufficient?
Joelle Gamble Hi Michael, I think the one of the links got duplicated when I posted this piece. Here's the link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/interactive/2012/jul/22/gun-ownership-homicides-map The data is downloadable.
Joelle Gamble Hi Douglas, Michael and David, I am currently working to follow up on this post with what my personal opinions are for how to address this issue. This post was primarily about the lack of a clear policy stance from either presidential candidate and the need for that stance, whether they think anything should be done about it or not. My intention was to not assert my personal opinions about the solution because that might have clouded the purpose of my post. I want this to be about a lack of response and clear direction in our government about what our policy is (that policy could be that their isn't tighter hung control laws) But, I understand all of your comments.
Joelle Gamble To clarify, I don't purport that higher revenue will solve higher education. But, that the ameliorating relationships between a balanced budget will better affordability. Further, improving affordability is an important factor in improving higher education.
Joelle Gamble For clarification, I am arguing in favor of Prop 30 as a temporary solution to a balanced budget. BUT, I think California needs larger tax reform that begins with re-examining the effects of Prop 13. Prop 13 has its merits and its downfalls. (For example, I think that the residential property tax is something that has helped many of families. But, this is a 700 word post, so there is definitely no space to explain that.) In CA, I think the problem is that no one wants to even talk about Prop 13, whether they like it or not. It's a third rail. We cannot solve CA budget problems without having this discussion as a populace.
Joelle Gamble Hi Ed, I definitely agree that looking at how these institutions are run is incredibly important. I didn't have nearly enough space to delve into that in this post though. In California, we've been looking at the issue of UC and CSU executive pay for some time. During the 9.6 percent summer increase that I mentioned in the post, there was actually a member of the UC Office of the President who received a $100k salary increase. So, I agree, the problem is multifaceted.
Joelle Gamble Uh oh...we had a similar proposal come through the UC system. It was a policy that allowed differential tuition for the 10 different campuses based on prestige and research fees. I've never understood how one can expect to improve the quality of an educational system by only investing in certain campuses...and then proceeding to make those campuses more inaccessible with higher fees.
Joelle Gamble Given the points made in your article, I'd be interested to see a more nuanced comparison between Mr. Romny and Mr. Obama's approach to US-Sino trade relations. News outlets have been reporting a mixed bag on whether Mr. Obama has taken a tougher stance against unfair trade laws coming from Beijing