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News Story
10/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following Op-Ed Commentary was published in The Daily News of Los Angeles on Monday, October 26, 2009. John M. Simpson is a consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog. His email is john@consumerwatchdog.org. ----------------- Google wants the city of Los Angeles to switch its 30,000 e-mail users to an Internet-based system it operates, but...
News Story
10/26/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SACRAMENTO, CA -- In his six years in office, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has played the predictable Republican role of gatekeeper on legislation he deems to be anti-business, vetoing more than 90 percent of bills that the state's Chamber of Commerce calls "job killers." But over the past dozen-plus years, it has been Democratic lawmakers...
News Story
9/21/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Click here to view the commentary. A cornerstone of President Obama's health-care plan is, as he said in his speech to Congress, "individuals will be required to carry basic insurance, just like most states require you to carry auto insurance." But the tarnished history of such laws shows that making insurance mandatory, and even making...
Blog Post
9/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Norwegians consider President Barack Obama to be a right-wing leader.  I kid you not.  My "people," the Norwegians, are out in front on so many social issues that even conservatives in Norway think Obama is too conservative. Nonetheless, when my husband and I were in Norway at the end of last year, our relatives and the people...
Blog Post
8/27/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The size of Los Angeles and its economic woes make the city a nationally important test of surviving the economic recession. In a time like this, can a soft-hearted evangelical minister effectively run the mayor's office? It's a question being asked about Jeff Carr, newly appointed as Mayor Antonia Villaraigosa's chief of staff. Carr replaces the...
Blog Post
8/20/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The whole boycott fracas over Whole Foods CEO John Mackey made me curious: what is it about health reform that scares Mr. Mackey? Mackey's Aug. 11 Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal called for government to keep out of health care--to let employers, charitable rich people and private insurance companies take care of it and allow maximum choice. He...
News Story
8/19/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
President Obama is correct in saying that a public health insurance plan would help lower costs for everyone by making the market more competitive. But when the Obama administration signaled this week that it was backing away from a public plan, it wasn't putting the kibosh on meaningful change. What it was saying was that we've taken our...
Blog Post
8/14/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
You may remember the Civil Justice Association of California from decades of attacks on consumer rights such as Proposition 64, the ballot initiative that let companies off the hook under California's unfair competition law for any harm that is not measured in dollars, like loss of health, environmental damage or consumer deception. Companies used...
News Story
8/5/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
If those congressmen who have received money from the health care industry recused themselves from the debate, you could almost hear a pin drop in chambers. You wouldn’t have heard this: “The bill includes a government plan the (Congressional Budget Office) says will force millions of Americans out of their current coverage. That...
News Story
3/31/2009
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The following Op-Ed commentary was broadcast on the All Things Considered program on National Public Radio (NPR) on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Click here to listen, comment or recommend it. ------------------------------------ Who needs a commerce secretary anyway? What we need is a secretary for consumers. If consumer confidence and consumer...