Steven Greenhut

‘Big Sis’ bad choice for UC

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Editor's note: This is Steven Greenhut's final column for CalWatchDog.com, which he started in 2009. He is the new Sacramento columnist for the U-T San Diego. We wish him well in his new job. Feel free to contact him at: stevengreenhut@gmail.com. July 22, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Wi...

Journalism is an act, not a profession

Monday, July 15th, 2013

July 15, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Watching some recent debates about who is a "real journalist" and who isn't has been a source of amusement for me given that being a real journalist has not always been that great of an honor. When I told Mom I was getting a job in journalism, she was...

Separation of marriage and state

Monday, July 1st, 2013

July 1, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- As a kid, I remember watching a rerun of the 1952 "I Love Lucy Show" episode in which Lucy finds her marriage license while cleaning out a closet. She discovers, to her horror, a typo that refers to husband Ricky's last name as Bacardi, rather than Ric...

College loans gouging graduates

Monday, June 24th, 2013

June 24, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Americans are still focused on the bubble in housing prices, which, after inflating and bursting in the 2000s, is inflating again. But the wreckage that collapse caused in real estate and financial markets could be eclipsed by the economic harm inflic...

NSA scandal reveals real liberty lovers

Monday, June 17th, 2013

June 17, 2013 By Steven Greenhut Most Americans who pay any attention to politics believe the nation’s great chasm is between “Red State” Republicans and “Blue State” Democrats. While the nation’s two major parties have their differences, the real divide is and always has been between ...

Reinflating debate about suburbia

Monday, June 10th, 2013

June 10, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- After the housing bubble burst a few years ago, sending real estate prices through the floor in many places, some influential academics and urban planners celebrated the supposed demise of something they had always derided: the suburbs. In their view...

Addicted to scare tactics

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

June 3, 2013 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- "As many as 100,000 crack babies are born every year," reported the Los Angeles Times in an overheated 1990 article echoing the results of a Department of Health and Human Services study. The feds were calling for a massive influx of tax dollars to fun...

IRS: the heart of big government

Monday, May 27th, 2013

May 27, 2013 By Steven Greenhut It’s hard to believe, but the current tax scandal will eventually fade away just as all Washington, D.C. scandals run their course. It’s easier to believe that the IRS will remain a loathsome and abusive agency, subject perhaps to some reforms and personnel chan...

Obama scandals reveal true govt.

Monday, May 20th, 2013

May 20, 2013 By Steven Greenhut The Obama administration has gotten itself into a fix between its contradictory stories about the Benghazi incident, reports of the IRS targeting conservative groups, and the Justice Department’s grabbing of phone records from AP reporters. There are few things mo...

Freedom safer than regulations

Monday, May 13th, 2013

May 13, 103 By Steven Greenhut California and Texas officials have been having an ongoing tit-for-tat over which of the nation’s two mega-states is the better place to live and do business -- something that has become a proxy issue for the broader philosophical debate over the proper size and sc...