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by | Sep 27, 2018

Sacramento Many Californians have this weird notion that the rest of the country is like some kind of Third World backwater, yet those of us who travel around the country are always struck by the alternate reality. You can drive…

by | Jun 28, 2018

Thirty years after the end of his presidency, D.C. is still hard at work proving Reagan’s “Reaganisms” true. Last week it was “We’re from the government, and we’re here to help.” This week it’s “If it moves, tax it. If…

by | May 31, 2017

Here in my home state of Connecticut, the legislature in Hartford has been trying to figure out how to regulate the mavericks on the block, Uber and Lyft, without driving traditional cab companies out of business. A recent piece in…

by | Oct 26, 2016

The essence of the Nanny State is the belief among too many government officials that people are too stupid to know what’s best for them. That attitude manifests itself across jurisdictions. It knows no state or regional boundary. Governing elites…

by | Aug 12, 2016

In the television series, The Simpsons, the creators parodied the central plot point of the celebrated musical, The Music Man. But instead of fleecing the citizens of Springfield by duping them into creating a youth marching band, the updated version…

by | Jun 30, 2016

In his State of the State address earlier this year, Gov. Jerry Brown pointed to California’s deferred infrastructure maintenance as “staggering” and put the price tag for repairs at $77 billion. One would be hard-pressed to find any policymaker from…

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