Whoever yells the loudest wins. In the early days of my voting career, life was very simple.
In Part 1, published in Sunday's opinion section, I described how I became a Hungarian billionaire at the age of 12 due to record-setting hyper-inflation in post-World War II Hungary, where I was born and partly raised, because currency wasn't worth the paper on which it was printed.
As our kids head back to school, they are invariably confronted with the age-old "what I did on my summer vacation" writing assignment. So, in honor of that tradition, I respectfully submit my vacation essay to you.
Please sit down, relax, take a few minutes and ask God for the courage to hear and accept the truth.
The worst economic downturn since the Great Depression and the ballooning deficit we face have heightened the risk of hyper-inflation to levels not seen since post-World War II Europe, when many bank notes weren't worth the paper on which they were printed virtually overnight.
As of mid-August 2009, the health care insurance reform debate has produced as much vocal public response as any recent social problem - and rightfully so, since it will affect us all sooner or later.
Assemblyman Cameron Smyth does an incredibly good job of speaking in front of small groups, particularly young people.
While you can still pick up the telephone and reach the city of Santa Clarita at (661) 259-CITY Monday through Friday, there is a host of new options to communicate with the city and find out the information you need, 24-7.
A particular assumption that I often hear leave the lips of yapping Liberals in California irks me at my core. The assumption is that a Hispanic woman should automatically identify herself as a Democrat because the Republican Party is racist and sexist.
In 2003, a Superior Court judge ruled for Newhall Land allowing the Newhall Ranch Specific Plan. He made this ruling based on the assertion that the developer had purchased water from elsewhere in the state to supply these housing units, and that this purchased water and the groundwater used for farming there would supply enough water to serve this 21,000-unit proposal.
American conservatives project the myth of the "rugged individualist" - America as part-Marlboro Man blowing smoke at the American Cancer Society and part-Sarah Palin gutting a caribou and flinging the bloody entrails at PETA.
Now, for the umpteenth time since our great nation was founded, the level of rage and hate has reached a fevered pitch.
As I have admitted before, I am a nerd. Unabashed, unapologetic and unwashed nerd-dom at its finest.
Today, we discuss the issue of the binary approach to resolving problems or issues that exist on a continuum - the absolute favorite of the partisan politician.
I am writing in regards to the recent attempts at thwarting real health care reform. The idea that the president's health care package is a death sentence is ludicrous.
You're familiar with the noise America has heard for a long time. It will continue, but it's easily unmasked.
The official arrival of summer is just weeks away. If you listen closely, you will soon be able to hear kids all over town chanting that classic phrase: "school's out for summer!"
Pulled out the paper this bright Monday morning and started reading. Of course, I have my bagel with strawberry cream cheese, oat bran cereal and tall glass of orange juice at the ready. I know how to start my holiday day.
While I was not yet living when it was fought, World War II has shaped so much of the world in which I have lived. It framed the whole idea of valor and courage and sacrificial service. And it wasn't only those who served in uniform who experienced the war, and felt that they played a vital part in bringing about a good and swift conclusion to it. In truth, we were a nation at war. Soldier and civilian were on the same team, working for a common goal, with mutual respect and honor.
I have watched helplessly in recent weeks and months with a growing sense of alarm, fearing that our generation is witnessing the death of one of the most vital pillars of liberty: the freedom of individual thought and the free exchange of ideas. While it's true that the First Amendment only protects people from government reprisals for speaking freely, social media and mass media lynch mobs are just as much a danger in a free society as any oppressive government.
Memorial Day is almost here and that means a three-day weekend for most Americans. The annual holiday in honor of the brave men and women who've died serving our country to keep us safe and free is also considered the unofficial start of summer! Flags will be raised in honor of those we've lost, while families and friends will gather for backyard barbeques, lawn games, and poolside fun.
Followers of this column know that five weeks ago my daughter Katie was struck by a motorcycle in India. Katie suffered severe traumatic brain injury; required emergency cranial surgery, was comatose two days, spent six days in the ICU, and subsequently required 16 further days of hospitalization to recover sufficiently well for the 24 hour jet trip back home. Landing at LAX, Katie immediately spent two days at UCLA for a thorough work up, followed by one month of outpatient cognitive and occupational rehab. Five days ago, virtually fully recovered,