September 28, 2008
Who benefits from the bailout?
Massive debt, massive irresponsibility, massive bailout proposals... and who will come out ahead from all this? Probably not you and me.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:25 AM
September 23, 2008
Yikes! The better part of a trillion dollars to bail out Wall Street firms collapsing from the economic meltdown. The government can't afford to do nothing, alas. And Bush, as is his usual modus operandi, is pushing for Congress to act on the administration's proposal instantly. Fortunately, some members of Congress are inclined to look just a bit closer at the proposal, including seeking more oversight, with some asking that the relief include something for the average citizen as well, not just those firms who screwed up on a colossal scale.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:21 AM
September 21, 2008
What an unbelievable ride for financial institutions -- absolute giants like Merrill Lynch, AIG, Lehman Brothers, Washington Mutual, Bear Stearns and huge federal institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac either in deep trouble, going bust or being bailed out by the government, with a stock market plunge of nearly 1,000 points in two days. What went wrong? Greed, lack of oversight, bad deals bought and sold in other bad deals, wild commodities speculation, high-risk mortgage dealing and a go-wild free market mantra, among other things. And ultimately, we are all on the hook for this.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 2:14 AM
September 18, 2008
Tah-dah! A budget!
Hey, it's two and a half months late, full of budgetary smoke and mirrors and deferrals for next year's legislature to deal with, and likely to vetoed by Arnold... but it's a budget.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:29 AM
September 16, 2008
It's the worst tragedy in Metrolink history, with 26 dead (at this writing), seemingly caused by an engineer who ran red signals. But there are also unconfirmed (and chilling) reports that the engineer may have been text messaging some teenaged train buffs shortly before the crash.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:06 AM
September 12, 2008
Oil and sex scandal
A new, lurid report: employees of the Interior Department in Denver and Washington engaged in a "frat party" atmosphere, accepting gifts and drugs from, and having sex with, employees of oil interests. Not surprisingly, those oil firms got favorable treatment and contracts from these Interior Department workers.
Gee, would anyone ever have thought that members of the current administration would be in bed with oil interests?
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:38 AM
September 9, 2008
Nordstrom comes to Ventura County
And the angels sang in Thousand Oaks...
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:07 AM
September 8, 2008
Getting ripped in print
Letters in print from Friday's and today's print editions:
Don't speak for King
Re: Steve Greenberg's Aug. 29 Opinion page cartoon:
After years of anti-Christian hatred in his political cartoons, Greenberg is definitely not qualified to state what the godly Christian pastor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would approve or not approve of.
(Odd he'd go after a warm, fuzzy cartoon about MLK and Obama... MLK would probably have been very happy with the nomination, and the cartoon -- SG)
Greenberg doesn't suit him
Re: Steve Greenberg's Sept. 3 Opinion page cartoon:
OK, please, enough already. I've just seen what I would gladly pay to be the last Greenberg "political cartoon" -- President Bush in a Sarah Palin pantsuit. Greenberg's work is so juvenile, so trite, rarely humorous and off-the-hook leftist. There has to be a plethora of liberal cartoonists available. I'd be happy to pay a few rubles more for my Star subscription to find one who doesn't make me want to scratch my eyes out.
Ken Hurd, Camarillo
If any online readers want to voice their own opinions in print, you can email to letters@VenturaCountyStar.com
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 6:53 AM
September 7, 2008
The state legislature has moved into uncharted waters: the longest period of time ever without a budget, and both sides are entrenched in their stubborn positions. Part of the problem is the lack of moderates and compromisers in office -- with politically-safe districts that encourage candidates who appeal to their party bases, not crossover voters, the legislature is more likely to be made up of partisans rather than negotiators.
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:21 AM
September 4, 2008
While this cartoon is not specifically about her, it was revealed that Sarah Palin's unmarried, 17-year-old daughter in high school is five months pregnant, and had been given no information from her parents about sex education or contraception, only on abstinence. While abstinence is a noble goal, it does not always prevail in real life, and the lack of preparation can lead to unwanted results such as with the Palin daughter (who apparently will have the child and spend the rest of her life married to the boy who got her pregnant).
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 4:55 AM
September 3, 2008
John McCain's pick for Veep: a very conservative, hawkish Republican Western governor, known for stubbornness, strict anti-abortion views, ties to oil and pushing for more drilling, and running on a ticket with a balding Washington insider... have we ever heard this one before?
Posted by Steve Greenberg at 5:04 AM