Monday, March 17, 2014

Inner-City Conservatives Teaching Conservatism to Urban Youth


CPAC 2014 - Reaching Out: The Rest of the Story

A discussion of how to bring conservative ideas of liberty, opportunity and prosperity to non-traditional voting blocs AND teach party and movement leaders how to embrace them.

Jason Rice (Partner, Revolvis Consulting) moderates the discussion with Robert Woodson (President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise); The Honorable Steve Pearce, United States Representative for New Mexico; Elroy Sailor (Co-Founder and CEO, J.C. Watts Companies); and The Honorable Ed Gillespie, former Counselor to the President, former Chairman of the Republican National Committee, and Senior Adviser to the Mitt Romney 2012 presidential campaign.

Monday, March 10, 2014

In San Jose, generous pensions for city workers come at expense of nearly all else.

SAN JOSE — Here in the wealthy heart of Silicon Valley, the roads are pocked with potholes, the libraries are closed three days a week and a slew of city recreation centers have been handed over to nonprofit groups. Taxes have gone up even as city services are in decline, and Mayor Chuck Reed is worried.

The source of Reed’s troubles: gold-plated pensions that guarantee retired city workers as much as 90 percent of their former salaries. Retirement costs are eating up nearly a quarter of the city’s budget, forcing Reed (D) to skimp on everything else.