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Californians Turning on Obama

President Obama’s approval rating continues to plunge, even in the Democrat-friendly state of California. Says Jodie Miller, “Fewer and fewer Californians now describe Obama as ‘muy bueno.'” Check out this edition of NewsBusted, as Miller also touches on the U.S. Post Office, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Bill O’Reilly and Detroit bankruptcy.

California’s Lost Promise

California is at a tipping point. Severe budget deficits, unsustainable pension costs, heavy taxes, cumbersome regulation, struggling cities, and distressed public schools are but a few of the challenges that policymakers must address for the state to remain a beacon of business innovation and economic opportunity. In this video, the cracks in California’s flawed policy plans are displayed and analyzed by a diverse set of experts.

Styled in California

“This is a typical California day,” narrator Janis Paige announces as a family arrives at the beach in a convertible. Courtesy of Prelinger Archive comes this colorful 1960s advertisement for Montgomery Ward’s summer clothing line.

“California has become the fastest growing fashion and design center in the world,” Paige notes. Moreover, the people are happy, and it’s not because they’re on vacation. It’s because they live here. Everything is shiny and new — not wholly a rejection of East Coast opulence, but reflective of a different pace of life — one focused more on amusement. Mad Men viewers will appreciate this advertising campaign’s time capsule of an era.

California’s Pension Bomb

Once widely viewed as the most beautiful state in the nation, world-renowned for its climate and its beaches, California is now flirting with disaster, seemingly destined to become America’s version of Greece. The state is hurling toward bankruptcy, but still rewards its workers with lavish pensions that the state lacks the resources to sustain. John Stossel discusses this ticking time bomb with Dan Mitchell from the CATO Institute and Los Angeles Mayoral candidate Kevin James.

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