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Time to hold them responsible: My Sunday Column for LA Times Community Newspapers

The trial of six Italian seismologists and a government official for
manslaughter due to their failure to provide warnings of a devastating
earthquake after a series of smaller ones has sent a tremor throughout the
world’s scientific and political communities.

For all the condemnation being heaped on the Italian prosecutors, they might be
on to something in holding the scientists and government officials accountable
for “negligence and imprudence” for telling the public they had nothing to
fear. who have failed, lied and misled us throughout
the recession are still playing games instead of doing the hard work of finding
real solutions.


Maybe the Italians got it right and it’s time hold some economists and
government officials here accountable and put them on trial for their
failure to provide warnings about the recession that started in October
2007, their ineffectiveness in dealing with economic collapse and their
raising of false hopes that recovery was just around the corner.

It may not be manslaughter, but a lot of people sure have been hurt and a lot of people are still in pain.

L.A.’s
Economic Roundtable, headed by economist Daniel Flaming, issued a
report last week that shows just how much worse the recession’s toll is
in Los Angeles County and California than the rest of the nation, and
who has felt the greatest impact.

Here are some of the key findings:

Workers with B.A. degrees are much harder hit by the recession in Los Angeles County than in the rest of the U.S.

The unemployment rate in L.A. is 80% higher than in the rest of the U.S.


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4 Responses to Time to hold them responsible: My Sunday Column for LA Times Community Newspapers

  1. Wayne from Encino says:

    The way to hold the dirtbags accountable is a REFUND OF PROPERTY TAXES TO THE MOST AGGRIEVED AND ABUSED LOT OF ANGELINOS: HOMEOWNERS! Even if 5 or 10% of a rebate were won, what a game changer that would be. You have product liability, contract law, tort law, and all these God Damned “Laws” to f— everyone who spits on a sidewalk, but we don’t have laws protecting homeowners from FINANCIAL ABUSE by GOVERNMENT? WTF? Homeowners should be able to go to court and seek TO STOP COLLECTION OF PROPERTY TAXES until the stealing, cheating, and lying ends on these CRA uber-givaway agencies. Of course, each homeowner would be able to OPT-OUT and keep giving their money to these CRA outfits. Until the collecting of secured property taxes is dealt with as A BUSINESS TRANSACTION, we will continue to be abused, because that’s what it is ABUSE! We have, what, 250,000 lawyers in California, and not one of the lot can figure out how to save Califoria’s families from this torrent of theft? History will be written about this time were living in: THE AGE OF INSANITY.

  2. anonymous says:

    I have always maintained that officials who falsely advertise what they will do (if elected) should be sued. Damages? Our rate hikes and tax dollars.
    In my book, when they false advertise, it’s fraud.

  3. Valley Girl says:

    The trial of six Italian seismologists and a government official for manslaughter due to their failure to provide warnings of a devastating earthquake after a series of smaller ones sounds like a bit of overkill, just like the bad old days in Imperial China when royal weather forecasters lost their heads for inaccurate weather predicting.
    In the sage words of Jon Stewart, there are always clusterf***s of small quakes followed by nothing happening.

  4. Jesus – you are so right! You are on a roll here :=)

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