draft plan presents housing and transportation options that encourage creation
of communities that are bike and pedestrian friendly, affordable and sustainable,” SCAG says. “This will result in people spending less time
in their cars and thereby reducing
traffic congestion and pollution and benefiting from a healthier environment.”
those headed by younger adults in their economic well-being over the
past quarter of a century.”
“In 2009, households headed by adults ages 65 and older possessed 42% more median1
net worth (assets minus debt) than households headed by their same-aged
counterparts had in 1984. During this same period, the wealth of
households headed by younger adults moved in the opposite direction. In
2009, households headed by adults younger than 35 had 68% less wealth
than households of their same-aged counterparts had in 1984.
“As a result of these divergent trends, in 2009 the typical household
headed by someone in the older age group had 47 times as much net wealth
as the typical household headed by someone in the younger age
group-$170,494 versus $3,662 (all figures expressed in 2010 dollars).
Back in 1984, this had been a less lopsided ten-to-one ratio. In
absolute terms, the oldest households in 1984 had median net wealth
$108,936 higher than that of the youngest households. In 2009, the gap
had widened to $166,832.”
Kids with college degrees and huge loans for their education are living with their parents — unless they have joined the armies of Occupiers who know they are being screwed even if they aren’t really sure who it is that is screwing them.
A lot of people are figuring it out, from the Tea Party to the Occupiers.
“One of the immutable laws of American politics has been that while
voters typically loathe Congress, they tend to tolerate their own
lawmaker. Now, with ratings for that institution in the root cellar and
approval of individual lawmakers heading there, members of Congress and
analysts are beginning to wonder if that law could be repealed next
year,’ the New York Times reported last week.
“According to a New York Times/CBS News poll
in September, only 33 percent of registered voters believe their own
member deserves to be re-elected, and a mere 6 percent said the same
about most members of Congress, both the lowest figures since The Times
started asking this question in the early 1990s.
“Along with the dismal poll ratings, two special elections in New York
this year have vividly illustrated what an angry electorate is capable
of. In one, a Democrat captured a Republican stronghold; in the other, a
Tea Party-leaning Republican won in a traditionally Democratic district.
“As those results suggest, most operatives and analysts do not expect the
2012 election to be the kind of mainly partisan wave that flipped
control of the House in 2006 and again last year.”
We can only hope that in California, fairer districts for Senate and Assembly seats and open primaries will drive the scoundrels from the state Capitol.
But I’m skeptical until I see signs of people refusing to vote for the same old, same old crooks and stooges
Every indication is that the crooks and stooges will come in No. 1 and No. 2 in the election Tuesday to succeed Janice Hahn on the City Council despite the experiment in providing triple matching funds to candidates who qualify.
The money of the unions and special interests and the passivity of voters likely will put the hacks into a runoff of no consequence.