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Free College Is Worse Than You Think

When Barack Obama called college an economic imperative, he did a disservice to millions of young people. When the current cast of presidential hopefuls call for college that’s free, they do a disservice to America. For years, liberals have romanticized a college education as the key to greater income and ...
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Welfare Programs Promote Bureaucracy Rather Than Self-Sufficiency

Welfare programs treat the symptoms of poverty, not the cause. As a result, they will never be the solution to ending poverty, nor are they designed to be a lasting solution. We have created a massive, cumbersome bureaucracy to administer an ineffective welfare state that, at best, locks millions of ...
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Cleaning Dirty California Tap Water Doesn’t Require A New Tax

Last June, then-Gov. Jerry Brown and Sacramento’s political leaders dropped a proposed tax on drinking water. But Gov. Gavin Newsom, following the California Way, apparently aims to bring it back. Newsom, the Los Angeles Times reported “has embraced an idea that has previously failed to gain traction in Sacramento: new ...
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Latest Attack on “Big Gulps” Would Hurt Poor, Infringe Upon our Freedom

With great fanfare, a group of Democratic lawmakers announced last week their latest effort targeting people who commit the worst social faux pas imaginable – drinking a Big Gulp! Led by Bay Area Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta, lawmakers introduced legislation attacking the scourge of so-called “big soda”, including bills limiting ...
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What We’re Watching – February 22

Rowena Itchon – Vintage Reagan President Reagan’s last speech to the White House Photographer’s Association is vintage Reagan. His speech starts at about 10:45. Kerry Jackson – Is the Global Temperature Record Credible? One remark from the comment section says it all: “In science it is good practice to modify ...
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Round 1: Old Left vs. Far Left

They say that age and cunning always beats youth and exuberance.  But when it comes to the latest dust-up between the Left’s old guard and the new Far Left, how it all plays out in the end isn’t so clear. The Left’s old guard has reacted with smug disdain to ...
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CAPITAL IDEAS – CEQA: How To Mend It Since You Can’t End It

It is no coincidence that California’s housing prices began to diverge from the rest of the country in 1970 – the very year that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) was enacted. According to California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, “Between 1970 and 1980, California home prices went from 30 percent above ...
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Latest Sign Housing Crisis is Hurting State’s Economy

Keeping up with the Great California Exodus can become a tedious task. Stories about businesses or people, or both, fleeing the state are so common that its sometimes seems they are blended all into one. Now comes another. “More Californians are considering fleeing the state as they blame sky-high costs, ...
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What We’re Watching – Presidents Day Edition

In lieu of our usual blog fare today, we present a special “What We’re Watching” in salute to America’s presidents. So, I love these profiles of various American presidents by comedian Mo Rocca that have aired on “CBS Sunday Morning” over the years.  Here’s an interesting one on a President ...
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What We’re Watching – February 15

Rowena Itchon – The Economics of Valentine’s Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDbcboJwuPc You may just have gotten over the sticker shock of the flowers, candy, wine, and expensive dinner you shelled out for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but the “day of love” actually encompasses three important free-market principles as this video from ...
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Free College Is Worse Than You Think

When Barack Obama called college an economic imperative, he did a disservice to millions of young people. When the current cast of presidential hopefuls call for college that’s free, they do a disservice to America. For years, liberals have romanticized a college education as the key to greater income and ...
Blog

Welfare Programs Promote Bureaucracy Rather Than Self-Sufficiency

Welfare programs treat the symptoms of poverty, not the cause. As a result, they will never be the solution to ending poverty, nor are they designed to be a lasting solution. We have created a massive, cumbersome bureaucracy to administer an ineffective welfare state that, at best, locks millions of ...
Blog

Cleaning Dirty California Tap Water Doesn’t Require A New Tax

Last June, then-Gov. Jerry Brown and Sacramento’s political leaders dropped a proposed tax on drinking water. But Gov. Gavin Newsom, following the California Way, apparently aims to bring it back. Newsom, the Los Angeles Times reported “has embraced an idea that has previously failed to gain traction in Sacramento: new ...
Blog

Latest Attack on “Big Gulps” Would Hurt Poor, Infringe Upon our Freedom

With great fanfare, a group of Democratic lawmakers announced last week their latest effort targeting people who commit the worst social faux pas imaginable – drinking a Big Gulp! Led by Bay Area Democrat Assemblyman Rob Bonta, lawmakers introduced legislation attacking the scourge of so-called “big soda”, including bills limiting ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – February 22

Rowena Itchon – Vintage Reagan President Reagan’s last speech to the White House Photographer’s Association is vintage Reagan. His speech starts at about 10:45. Kerry Jackson – Is the Global Temperature Record Credible? One remark from the comment section says it all: “In science it is good practice to modify ...
Blog

Round 1: Old Left vs. Far Left

They say that age and cunning always beats youth and exuberance.  But when it comes to the latest dust-up between the Left’s old guard and the new Far Left, how it all plays out in the end isn’t so clear. The Left’s old guard has reacted with smug disdain to ...
Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS – CEQA: How To Mend It Since You Can’t End It

It is no coincidence that California’s housing prices began to diverge from the rest of the country in 1970 – the very year that the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) was enacted. According to California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst, “Between 1970 and 1980, California home prices went from 30 percent above ...
Blog

Latest Sign Housing Crisis is Hurting State’s Economy

Keeping up with the Great California Exodus can become a tedious task. Stories about businesses or people, or both, fleeing the state are so common that its sometimes seems they are blended all into one. Now comes another. “More Californians are considering fleeing the state as they blame sky-high costs, ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – Presidents Day Edition

In lieu of our usual blog fare today, we present a special “What We’re Watching” in salute to America’s presidents. So, I love these profiles of various American presidents by comedian Mo Rocca that have aired on “CBS Sunday Morning” over the years.  Here’s an interesting one on a President ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – February 15

Rowena Itchon – The Economics of Valentine’s Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDbcboJwuPc You may just have gotten over the sticker shock of the flowers, candy, wine, and expensive dinner you shelled out for your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day, but the “day of love” actually encompasses three important free-market principles as this video from ...
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