Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Big Daddy,I landed my first job out of college last September and find myself in a position that no college professor or career counselor prepared me for – babysitting my boss’ kids while he and his wife go out of town for the weekend. He already knows I’m free this weekend because he asked if

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“Is the push by the wealthy to tax the wealthy gathering steam? The Band of Billionaires wants to raise $10 billion at the ballot,  a hedge-fund guru wants to raise $1.1 billion and, of course, Warren Buffet says he is woefully under-taxed and has denounced no-tax Republicans. What’s going on here?”

The One Percent strikes

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

From deep in the mailbag:

Hey Big Daddy,I am a Legislative director for a freshman assemblymember. I recently had a blow-out fight with one of my (formerly) closest friends, after she committed what I deem to be an unforgivable violation of my trust. To make matters worse, this friend is a lobbyist, and reliable contributor

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A group of millionaires called “Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength” is demanding that Congress approve tax hikes on the wealthy. What do you think: Is this a message that will resonate in California as Gov. Brown crafts a new revenue package?

I suppose the millionaires in that group will be accused of engaging in class

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Brown’s public pension plan cuts existing benefits and sets up a “hybrid” system to include a 401(k) component. Is the love affair between labor and Brown over, this time for good?

The love affair may be waning, but they remain friends with benefits.  Gov. Brown is not above flirting, granting labor a sweet nothing by

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Dear Big Daddy,Shoplifting at Neiman Marcus. So do people under the dome rally around Mary Hayashi and offer support?–Intrigued

Dear Intrigued,

No.

It’s not because of the alleged crime, it’s because of the nature of the Capitol.

There are bad bosses in the Capitol – most of the worst ones, I’m ashamed to admit, are

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Pull the plug on high-speed rail or go ahead with the project?  What’s your take?

Mass transit projects have rarely lived up to their billing, our political leaders should concentrate on other ways to create jobs.  But politics will get in the way and the issue will be with us for decades.

We have to

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Dear Big Daddy,All this talk about public pensions, how did you do okay in your pension?–Curious in Carlsbad

Dear Curious, I did fine, thank you very much: My benefits were unparalleled. Made good money, lots of people and challenges, an honored old age, excellent parking, time to reflect. That’s because I never retired. I died

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Jerry Brown is presenting his proposed overhaul of public pensions this week. So what’s wrong with public pensions and what should Brown do to fix them?

“Airtime” purchases defy intellectual gravity; that practice should be grounded immediately. Spiking should be outlawed; there should be no state pensions in excess of $100,000 (indexed for inflation); and

Big Daddy

Big Daddy

Dear Big Daddy,What’s the deal with Kristin Olsen, anyway?  –Curious in Concord

Dear Curious,I flattered myself that I used to understand Republicans, even Republican women, but about her I absolutely have no clue.

In the first place, she paid for thousands of robocalls to beat up on Leland Yee in the San Francisco mayoral race.

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