I know what every government worker in Orange County is doing right now, this evening of Sunday, Sept. 20, 2009: Getting plastered on expensive booze, paid by their massive tax-funded salaries. They’ll be so hung over tomorrow don’t even try to do work with them.
They’re celebrating because the scourge of government in Orange County for 11 years, Steven Greenhut, announced today in his column in The Orange County Register that he’ll be leaving for Sacramento
to start a news bureau and investigative journalism project for a free-market think tank – Pacific Research Institute – as part of the “new wave” of journalistic endeavors sprouting up across the media horizon.
He’ll still be writing a weekly column for The Register, sometimes on Orange County issues. Indeed, I’ve always said he should be a national columnist. So perhaps his new job will lead to that.
But what will be missed are his daily, Rottweiler-tenacious attacks on the follies, waste, and criminality of Orange County government.
The good news is that he’ll be doing that against the state government, right from the belly of the beast. Gov. Arnold is going to wish he had stayed in Hollywood and made Terminator 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, Predator 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8, and Kindergarten Kop 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7.
New Greenhut book
You’ll also get a chance to read more Steve when, as he wrote, his new book on rapacious employee unions comes out before Thanksgiving. I’m helping edit it, and it’s a brilliant assault on the greed, power lust, and arrogance of today’s public “servants.” Unlike so many conservative and libertarian books that focus on the national government, Steve’s examines the government workers most of us suffer under every day: the local school, DMV, licensing, regulatory and other officials, and the brutal polizei.
In the meantime, read his book of a few years back, Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain.