As the holiday season approaches, it's Grinch time for unemployed workers and their families, thanks to congressional Republicans.
The political right is implementing a multi-faceted strategy it hopes will push the country back to the days when there was absolutely no social safety net at all.
There are clear differences between the Democrats and Republicans in the Nov. 2 elections.
And it's a choice that should have national impact, given California's prominence as a pace-setting state.
As the country prepares to go to the ballot box in two weeks, voters would do well to recall the long-term effect of Republican Contract with America polices.
The Republicans are fond of saying that small business creates 70 percent of all jobs. They don't tell you that small business is also responsible for 70 percent of all layoffs. That's the nature of small business. They start up and go out of business all the time.
Shoot yourself in the foot if you like, but don't do it on Nov. 2 because the buckshot will hit the rest of us!
If we don't objectively understand our - and our enemies' - strengths and weaknesses, how can we understand which terrain of struggle is most conducive to victory or defeat?