State can offload retiree health costs on Obamacare 0

June 8, 2013 By Chris Reed One of the best reasons to snort with derision over Gov. Jerry Brown’s claim to have whipped the state budget into shape is his decision to simply ignore the crisis posed by cost of

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Obama imposes United Stasi States 4

June 7, 2013 By John Seiler Republicans bear much of the blame for turning free America into the United Stasi States. They were the main ones who passed the laws, albeit with Democratic help, shredding our Bill of Rights. But

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CA tops NY as ‘Most Hopeless State’ 12

June 7, 2013 By John Seiler Well, we still enjoy better weather. But our colleague Steven Greenhut makes the case that California is worse even than New York State under Gov. Andrew “Worse Even Than Pops Mario” Cuomo: Whenever a free-market

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New public funding plan: Seize home mortgages 12

June 7, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi With pension costs sapping budgets, governments at all levels are coming up with novel funding methods. The latest comes from the city of Richmond, which must deal with a looming 50 percent increase in pension

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Empire-building drives dishonest spin from Covered California 2

June 7, 2013 By Chris Reed Cato’s Michael Cannon has been a tremendous source of common-sense analysis of Obamacare for years. In a recent commentary on why Covered California would put out such a mendacious and dishonest account of Obamacare’s

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Obama has all my phone data! 12

June 6, 2013 For years I’ve had a Verizon phone. Now it turns out President Obama’s regime grabbed all my phone data without a warrant, and without notifying me. Am I one of those conservatives and libertarians the IRS has

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Rebellion: Heroic valedictorian stands up to school regime 1

June 6, 2013 By John Seiler I love it! Americans finally are standing up to the tyrannical governments that rule, and ruin, our lives. The latest: “A South Carolina valedictorian garnered wild applause after he ripped up his pre-approved speech

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San Bernardino facing ‘quick judgment’ on bankruptcy 15

June 6, 2013 By Wayne Lusvardi At a hearing yesterday in federal bankruptcy court, Judge Meredith Jury sounded like she was ready to rule that the insolvent city of San Bernardino could file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection — despite

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State auditor will scrutinize Child Protective Services 72

June 6, 2013 By Katy Grimes SACRAMENTO — It’s audit time for Child Protective Services, part of the California Department of Social Services. A protest rally by 100 people at the Capitol Wednesday morning charged the agency with both abusing

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$70K pay for janitors + rate hike should = revolt 9

June 6, 2013 By Chris Reed Last year, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power imposed an 11 percent rate hike — which it called a “rate change” — on its power customers, while water customers saw rates go

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