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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Morning Briefs on the Los Angeles Political Machine for Thursday

We have a former blogger and "Senator Jim Alger" sighting!
"Former Senator Jim Alger in trademark Turtleneck"
For those long time Mayor Sam regulars who may wonder periodically what became of the bloggin "Senator Jim Alger", we found this on the Daily News Online. Rest assure, Alger still gets it wrong when it comes to national politics.
Romney's smoke and mirrors on job creation 
Something that's missed in the smoke and mirrors that is the Willard "Mitt" Romney campaign: The GOP runs on a platform of raising unemployment. Despite all the faux concern over the unemployment numbers, the losses are largely in the government sector. In fact, the private sector added 200,000 jobs in August (????), according to a Labor Department private payroll report issued last week. But when you factor in the government jobs lost, you have the disappointing number released last week. The GOP running on "shrinking government" means firing people. So despite the rhetoric, if you take the GOP at their word, we are getting precisely what they want. It's why the Republicans in Congress refuse to pass the president's jobs bill that even conservatives admit would create over 1 million jobs this year. When the GOP plays games, it treats us all like we're stupid.-- Jim Alger, Porter Ranch

With respects to the former Senator, these numbers don't lie.

** The Daily News reports that today's proceedings in the late Councilman John Ferraro Council Chambers will be dominated by the proposed AEG Farmer Field.
A proposed downtown football stadium will dominate action at Los Angeles City Hall today as the city's Planning Commission begins reviewing an environmental impact report and development agreement for the project while a council committee reviews the costs of an associated convention center hall project.

...... and expect AEG's Tim LIEweke to direct the action.

Belated Happy Birthday to the "Average Joe City Councilman".
 CD 15 staffers honor their boss on his first B-day as a City Councilman.

Your thoughts ...............
Scott Johnson in CD 14

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

How is Alger wrong? if indeed the private sector added jobs and the government sector shed jobs, the jobs numbers would be the net gain. Everyone knows cites, counties and state governments are laying off public employees acoss the country. Alger has a point.

September 13, 2012 11:21 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Alger did, once again, get it wrong. All the reports noted the only growth in jobs was in government.

This is the kind of fuzzy math that got Alger ran out on a rail from Sunland-Tujunga when he almost sank the No Home Depot Campaign with his Do-It Center scheme.

We don't want him.

September 13, 2012 11:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

There has been NO report that shows government growth. may 22 2012 Wall Street Journal: "Under Obama government spending at lowest in decades"

THIS CHART completely supports Alger's claim: http://thinkprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/BUSHvOBAMA_jobsREV.png

Hmm, you quote an article that says "The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose more than expected last week, with several states reporting an increase related to Tropical Storm Isaac." --- Tropical storm Isaac???? This is Obama's fault?

It is an absolute fact that the private sector is adding jobs and the government sector is cutting them. That is why the president always repeats the line that since he's been in office "the private sector has added 4 million jobs"

Nice attempt to hit our old friend, but it's a flailing one. Kind of sad that you thought you had to.

September 14, 2012 11:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

From what I have read and heard, Mr. Alger has a good point. Thr Republicans do constantly say they want to cut government, and that of course means laying off government workers.

You are aware that Mr. Alger was severely injured in an accident and is now wheelchair bound right? That's why he's been out of the game as they say. Perhaps you should give that some consideration before you lay into him for daring to send in an op ed to the Daily News.

September 14, 2012 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Growth in government jobs is not only up, it is clearly not sustainable.


September 14, 2012 12:58 PM  

Anonymous Peter Alvarado said:

If Jim Alger is in a wheelchair, only the most heartless would find that unfortuanate.

If indeed Mr. Alger has become disabled, such as fact does not excuse his past actions nor his present erroneous statements.

Higby is morbidly obese, Red Spot is mentally challenged, Phil Jennerjhan, Joe B, Joseph Mailander all have their issues. We don't let them off the hook for all the bullshit they spew. So why Alger?

September 14, 2012 1:01 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Alger is a true hero. Fuck you Higby you fat slob!!!!!!!!

September 14, 2012 5:34 PM  

Blogger g said:

more space wasted on jim alger. time will tell what the real affects are. clearly many of you are worried and rightly so.

September 14, 2012 6:36 PM  

Blogger g said:

your real worry should be about aeg and this stadium. they clearly changed every law they could to get approval. look for developers across this city, state by-passing the public and eir reports. gaining fast approvals without community input or transparency. you'll see what i mean it's coming for you.

September 14, 2012 6:42 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Wow! Look at the traffic!

September 14, 2012 8:12 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Someone posted a comment where they heaped praise on Jim Alger, which is fine, but your comment included some claims that could be actionable. Please refrain from anything speculative and just be specific as to your praise. Thank you.

September 14, 2012 8:12 PM  

Blogger Michael Higby said:

Glad to see G using lower case.

September 14, 2012 8:13 PM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:

Thank you for caring what I have to say "Red Spot". Still hung up on the Do-It center lie huh? How sad.

Listen, I have said this a thousand times, so here is another. I appreciate any "defense" of myself but don't really feel it's necessary. However, attacking other people goes beyond legitimate debate and I would encourage the moderator to delete personal attacks against ANY individual.

As for my little opinion piece, it is WELL backed up by facts.My 200,000 new private sector jobs that seems to have you befuddled is backed up by this: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/economy/2012/09/06/9740/august-jobs-adp-report-says-200000-plus-added/

My point still stands. The Republican Party has been running screaming they want to shrink the size of government which, BY DEFINITION means laying people off. That is a fair policy but when most economists say that the drag on the employment numbers are layoffs in state and local governments... perhaps you should embrace that instead of bashing the president over the head over the jobless rate that your party endorses so jubilantly.

September 14, 2012 11:12 PM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

I can see clearly now that the CAPS are gone I can clearly define what G has to say. (** To the tune of a certain song).

September 15, 2012 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who cares what Alger thinks? He was a joke. Why has he re-surfaced?

September 18, 2012 4:06 PM  

Anonymous Wendy Alger Lee said:

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November 10, 2012 3:46 PM  

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November 10, 2012 3:48 PM  

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November 10, 2012 3:57 PM  

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November 22, 2012 6:49 PM  

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