Baby Huey's li'l Mnuchin goes to Capitol Hill

The report by the independent auditors was requested in January by the senior Democrats on the Senate and House tax-writing committees, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and Rep. Richard Neal of Massachusetts. They asked the GAO to analyze the withholding tables under the new Republican tax law to make sure workers' paychecks weren't being widely under-withheld.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, speaking at a White House press briefing early this year, dismissed that notion as "ridiculous." -- Gordon, AP/US News, July 31, 2018

Looking down Filbert St. from Telegraph Hill

To pick one example, if new state research-and-development tax credits were to target inland companies, an infusion of technology and investment could allow the Northern San Joaquin to make its logistics industry much less polluting in terms of greenhouse gases as it moves the vegetables of the Salinas Valley to market, perhaps through expanded ports in Stockton, West Sacramento, or Oakland. 
 -- Mathews, Zocalo, July 30, 2018


 Scientists debate whether California’s vast forests are emitting more carbon dioxide through fires than they absorb through plant growth. -- David R, Baker, SF Chronicle, Nov. 22, 2017

Presumptive governor visits Valley

 The State Water Resources Control Board made its priorities clear in announcing its recommendation in early July. The board cherry-picked old statistics to insist the Tuolumne, Merced and Stanislaus fisheries are on the brink of collapse. It pointed out that creeping salinity from San Francisco Bay imperils the Delta. The board insists only more of the water from our rivers can solve both problems.

What is to be done?





1950s: Communist Control Act of 1954

U.S. Statutes at Large, Public Law 637, Chp. 886, p. 775-780 


To outlaw the Communist Party, to prohibit members of Communist organizations from serving in certain representative capacities, and for other purposes. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That this Act may be cited as the ''Communist Control Act of 1954''. 

Findings of Fact 

Understanding Repubican congressmen Nunes and McCarthy

Reading this article about the rapidly sinking Friant-Kern Canal, built in the late 1940's to replenish the water supply to areas in the eastern San Joaquin Valley where farmers had overdrafted the groundwater, should, among other lessons, explain the consistent lunacy of the two congressmen whose districts straddle the canal, Republican representatives Devin Nunes and Kevin McCarthy.  The canal is essential to the largely agricultural economy of the region and to the water supply of a string of farm towns that give Tulare County a charm invisible from SR 99,


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