Fleischman sketches campaign against Brown tax increase 21

July 31, 2012

By John Seiler

Over at Flashreport, Jon Fleischman summarized the arguments the anti-Proposition 30 campaign will be using:

* If there is money to waste on high speed rail — why raise taxes?

* If there is money to drop on giving raises to legislative staffers – why raise taxes?

* If you can’t even keep track of over $50 million that you already have – why raise taxes?… Read more

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100 years of ‘Capitalism and Freedom’

July 31, 2012

By Katy Grimes

As free marketeers celebrate famed Nobel Prize winning economist Milton Friedman’s 100 birthday today, revisiting Friedman’s 1979 interview with Phil Donahue, where Friedman schooled Donahue, a 1970’s liberal television talk show host, on capitalism. This is an important reminder of why we fight for the free market.

Friedman, born July 31, 1912, and died November 16, 2006, easily dispelled the common liberal notion that capitalists are greedy, and demonstrated to Donahue how manipulated America has become by anti-free market government forces.… Read more

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Mexico dissolves its FBI and moves to legalize drugs 13

July 31, 2012

By Chriss Street

In a stunning development, President-elect Enrique Pena and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, who won control of Mexico’s government on July 1, moved to dissolve the Agencia Federal de Investigación.  Modeled after the United States’ FBI, the AFI was founded in 2001 to crack down on Mexico’s pervasive government corruption and drug trafficking.

With rival drug cartels murdering between 47,500 to 67,000 Mexicans over the last six years, the move by the PRI represents the total surrender of Mexico’s sovereignty back to the money and violence of Mexico’s two main drug cartels, the Sinaloa Federation and Los Zetas. … Read more

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State Cuts Lead to Judicial Triage 9

July 31, 2012

By Dave Roberts

“A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people. And three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain even a just judgment of its value; that people who have long been exploited in the smaller transactions of daily life come to believe that courts cannot vindicate their legal rights from fraud and over-reaching; that people come to believe the law — in the larger sense — cannot fulfill its primary function to protect them and their families in their homes, at their work and on the public streets.”

— Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren E.Read more

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Calif. regs killing lumber manufacturers 8

July 31, 2012

By Katy Grimes

California’s private forest lands are some of the most productive in the world. But state regulation of timber harvesting practices have become so overbearing and complex that the industry is losing lumber manufacturers by the droves, production has been drastically reduced and nearly 10,000 jobs have been lost.

California’s forest land permit fees are 10 times more expensive than the permits of  land owners in neighboring states.… Read more

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Cal State’s Early Start Program sparks opposition 9

July 31, 2012

By Ariel Carmona Jr.

In recent years the California State University system has worked to jump-start many incoming freshmen through the controversial Early Start Program. But in the wake of the ESP, a number of educators across all CSU’s 23 campuses have expressed concerns over the restructuring of student remedial programs in the cash-strapped CSU system.

Thus far, the CSU Board of Trustees is steadfast in its implementation of the program, despite opposition and lingering questions about funding and about the impact it might have on low-income and disadvantaged students.… Read more

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee attacks Chick-fil-A 17

July 30, 2012

By John Seiler

San Francisco has a reputation as a “tolerant” city, the capital of the 1967 Summer of Love, Haight-Ashbury and all that. Whatever it was in psychedelic Sixties, today it’s one of the most intolerant cities around. For example, on June 6, San Fran voted a whopping 74 percent for Proposition 29, the buck-a-pack cigarette tax.… Read more

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Dominant Dems rule and ruin Sacto 25

July 30, 2012

By Katy Grimes

As Democrats have taken over most of the Golden State, an ugly attitude has crept in. This bad attitude is demonstrative of what’s wrong with today’s Democrats, and why they get called Socialists. They think they are above the law because they now control the law.

With such little respect for the law, Democrats in power appear to think they are not accountable to anyone.… Read more

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Southern Califiornia’s new pact with the Delta water devil 9

July 30, 2012

By Wayne Lusvardi

If you dine with the Sacramento Delta water devil, you better have a long spoon.

That might be the lesson that Southern California should have learned after being stuck with a $283 million bill to bail out Gov. Jerry Brown’s embarrassing boondoggle in failed Northern California geothermal power plants when he was governor from 1975 to 1983.… Read more

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Newsom attacks property rights

July 30, 2012

By John Seiler

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, trying to conjure up something useful from his worthless job, has positioned himself supposedly as a “pro-business” Democrat. He even went to Texas to say how the Golden State could learn something about jobs creation from the Lone Star State.

But he just backed the assault on property rights in San Bernardino County that would use eminent domain — government seizing property — to dispose of distressed mortgages.… Read more

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