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Why the Two Orders? Freezing CAFE standards was the correct policy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed freezing CAFE standards at the 2020 levels of 37 mpg. While a bit of a non sequitur, this freeze is reminiscent of the climactic scene from the 1992 film A Few Good Men. For those of you who missed the movie, or just ...
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What We’re Watching – September 21

Tim Anaya – Boy Asks President Trump for a Hug Our friends in North and South Carolina are busy today getting back on track in the aftermath of last week’s destructive Hurricane Florence.  The aftermath of this devastating storm was not all tragic.  President Trump and several Cabinet officials toured ...
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CAPITAL IDEAS: California Plays Fast and Loose with Food Stamp Work Requirements

Download the PDF California, not West Virginia, not Mississippi, has the highest poverty rate among the 50 states. Blame policymakers who, rather than solving the problem, have inflamed it. In fact, California officials have gone out of their way to keep hundreds of thousands dependent on government. The Census Bureau’s ...
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Rent Control – Temporary or Not – Won’t Bring Down Sacramento’s Housing Costs

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is trying to have his cake and eat it too. He announced in June that he opposed a local ballot measure being pushed by labor unions and activist groups to impose new rent control restrictions in Sacramento. That measure, according to the Sacramento Bee, would “cap ...
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California Supreme Court Ruling Takes Its First Scalp

It didn’t take long for a California Supreme Court decision to start claiming victims. Bottle & Barlow, a “get loose stay sharp” joint on trendy R Street in Sacramento, where a gentleman can sip whisky and also be stylishly shorn, has lost its entire staff of freelance barbers because seven ...
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The Wayfair decision and California

I used to tell my friends and colleagues to be sure to check out the Lord & Taylor website before they buy an outfit. Lord & Taylor doesn’t have operations in California, so the same Calvin Klein dress would be tax-free at Lord & Taylor, but at the Macy’s website ...
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Why Skills Based Economics Should Be Focus of Free-Market Advocates

In this and succeeding columns, I intend to develop a new paradigm for thinking about economic progress for America in the 21st century. I believe that supporters of free markets are faced with both extraordinary opportunities and great cause for concern in the 21st century. The opportunities for our nation ...
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What We’re Watching – Remembering 9/11: We Will Never Forget

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  Today, we remember the 2,996 people who lost their lives at those sites and as passengers on the hijacked planes.  As we pay tribute to them ...
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Advice for Global Climate Summit-goers: Don’t Do What We’re Doing!

Today, thousands are gathering in San Francisco for a so-called “Global Climate Action Summit.”  Co-hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown, several UN organizations and other leaders, it is billed as a “launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries.” The conference will explore “transformational changes” that are the result ...
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Would California Be Better Off With Part-Time Legislators Rather Than Professional Politicians?

California lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that will allow them to live outside the districts they “represent.” To some, Senate Bill 1250 simply frees legislators to live and work in Sacramento while representing the folks back home. Others argue it lets lawmakers deceive their constituents. We see ...
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Why the Two Orders? Freezing CAFE standards was the correct policy

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed freezing CAFE standards at the 2020 levels of 37 mpg. While a bit of a non sequitur, this freeze is reminiscent of the climactic scene from the 1992 film A Few Good Men. For those of you who missed the movie, or just ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – September 21

Tim Anaya – Boy Asks President Trump for a Hug Our friends in North and South Carolina are busy today getting back on track in the aftermath of last week’s destructive Hurricane Florence.  The aftermath of this devastating storm was not all tragic.  President Trump and several Cabinet officials toured ...
Blog

CAPITAL IDEAS: California Plays Fast and Loose with Food Stamp Work Requirements

Download the PDF California, not West Virginia, not Mississippi, has the highest poverty rate among the 50 states. Blame policymakers who, rather than solving the problem, have inflamed it. In fact, California officials have gone out of their way to keep hundreds of thousands dependent on government. The Census Bureau’s ...
Blog

Rent Control – Temporary or Not – Won’t Bring Down Sacramento’s Housing Costs

Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg is trying to have his cake and eat it too. He announced in June that he opposed a local ballot measure being pushed by labor unions and activist groups to impose new rent control restrictions in Sacramento. That measure, according to the Sacramento Bee, would “cap ...
Blog

California Supreme Court Ruling Takes Its First Scalp

It didn’t take long for a California Supreme Court decision to start claiming victims. Bottle & Barlow, a “get loose stay sharp” joint on trendy R Street in Sacramento, where a gentleman can sip whisky and also be stylishly shorn, has lost its entire staff of freelance barbers because seven ...
Blog

The Wayfair decision and California

I used to tell my friends and colleagues to be sure to check out the Lord & Taylor website before they buy an outfit. Lord & Taylor doesn’t have operations in California, so the same Calvin Klein dress would be tax-free at Lord & Taylor, but at the Macy’s website ...
Blog

Why Skills Based Economics Should Be Focus of Free-Market Advocates

In this and succeeding columns, I intend to develop a new paradigm for thinking about economic progress for America in the 21st century. I believe that supporters of free markets are faced with both extraordinary opportunities and great cause for concern in the 21st century. The opportunities for our nation ...
Blog

What We’re Watching – Remembering 9/11: We Will Never Forget

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, DC.  Today, we remember the 2,996 people who lost their lives at those sites and as passengers on the hijacked planes.  As we pay tribute to them ...
Blog

Advice for Global Climate Summit-goers: Don’t Do What We’re Doing!

Today, thousands are gathering in San Francisco for a so-called “Global Climate Action Summit.”  Co-hosted by Gov. Jerry Brown, several UN organizations and other leaders, it is billed as a “launchpad for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries.” The conference will explore “transformational changes” that are the result ...
Blog

Would California Be Better Off With Part-Time Legislators Rather Than Professional Politicians?

California lawmakers have sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that will allow them to live outside the districts they “represent.” To some, Senate Bill 1250 simply frees legislators to live and work in Sacramento while representing the folks back home. Others argue it lets lawmakers deceive their constituents. We see ...
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