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by | Jan 25, 2023

Some of our nation’s politicians seem to know very little about basic economic principles despite constantly proposing legislative action on economic issues. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D–Mass.) and Rep. John Bowman (D–N.Y.) now want federal regulators to impose rent control on…

by | Nov 12, 2020

As I noted in The American Spectator last week, California’s overwhelmingly Democratic electorate rebuked organized labor’s top legislative priority — banning companies from using independent contractors and freelancers rather than permanent employees. Voters approved Proposition 22, which exempted ride-sharing and delivery…

by | Jul 22, 2020

The COVID-19-induced recession has brought hardship to millions of Americans as they struggle to make ends meet. The joblessness rate is up by 7.6 percentage points since February, and the total number of unemployed has increased by 12 million in…

by | Jul 9, 2020

Government growth and abuses are not challenged nearly enough. This results in a proliferation of bad policies that restrict freedom without achieving the policies’ stated goals. As such, there are reasons to celebrate when someone steps in and challenges bad…

by | Jul 2, 2020

This week marks the 219th birthday of the great 19th-century French economist Frederic Bastiat. It’s the perfect time to talk about his famous essay, “That Which Is Seen, and That Which Is Not Seen,” published in his book The Law….

by | Jul 2, 2020

Sacramento Ever since Gov. Hiram Johnson in 1911 instituted the right to initiative, recall, and referendum, California has embarked on an unparalleled level of direct democracy — something that has turned elections over propositions into more heated affairs than elections…

by | Feb 20, 2020

Sacramento After a group of homeless moms simply moved into a vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland owned by a company that invests in local real estate, local progressives turned them into folk heroes. These women weren’t squatters who took something…

by | Jan 2, 2020

Sacramento When Jerry Brown became governor yet again in 2011, I warned my conservative friends not to be too upset at the prospect. “It’s not going to get any better than this,” I’d say. Indeed, Brown’s final eight years in…

by | Dec 19, 2019

Despite overwhelming historical evidence demonstrating the folly of government-imposed price controls, modern politicians just can’t seem to quit inflicting them on us. One obvious example involves health care, where price controls on prescription medications always seem to be just around…

by | Sep 12, 2019

Sacramento The last week of the legislative session always is a wild ride, but this year’s proceedings take on an urgency that we haven’t seen in the past several years given the stridently more progressive tilt of the state government. It’s…

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