It is now clear that Warren Buffett is either (A) a total political idiot, or (B) a political genius. By attacking Prop. 13, he has made everyone, including even Gray Davis, come to its categorical defense. (Arnold had to release a strong statement in support of Prop. 13.) If Buffett really wants to see property taxes raised, he should have kept his mouth shut. By speaking out he has helped ensure the survival of Prop. 13 for another long stretch of time. Could that have been his purpose? Not likely. I go with explanation (A).
To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice ... Read More