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Economist on Government Unions 0

John Seiler: Economist Thomas DiLorenzo, who recently testified in Congress before Ron Paul’s subcommittee on monetary policy, has a great new article on public-employee unions. He writes: The main reason why so many state and local governments are bankrupt, or

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CA Budget Still Needs Fumigation 16

Feb. 22, 2011 By JOHN SEILER As Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature continue crafting a budget, skunks keep being thrown into the room. The biggest skunk is that the $146 billion California State Teachers’ Retirement System, CalSTRS, is effectively

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Will Wisconsin Protests Come to California? 12

Feb. 18, 2011 By JOHN SEILER Today Wisconsin, tomorrow California? The battle between government-employee unions and state budgets was inevitable once the unions were given collective bargaining rights over the past 50 years. The battle boiled over the past few

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Best Govt. Pension Ever 0

John Seiler: California government workers’ pensions are pretty lavish. Consider this one from San Fran: New city records show that former Police Chief Heather Fong – who retired in 2009 – received a grand total of $528,595 in her final

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California Should Declare Bankruptcy 2

John Seiler: If you’ve been reading CalWatchDog.com, you know I’ve written in favor of the state declaring bankruptcy. As I wrote back in April: There are couple of things to note here. First, for a family of four, $7,220 is

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'This is our opportunity to elect our own bosses' 0

John Seiler: “This is our opportunity to elect our own bosses” is an actual quote from California School Employees Association Chapter 224 head Ronda Walen about Measure H in San Juan Capistrano. If you want, the details of Measure H

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Jerry: What are your pension numbers? 0

John Seiler: The Orange County Register ran a great story today about Jerry Brown’s mysterious pensions. The paper’s reporters spent many days trying to figure out what he will get once he finally leaves the state government, and still got

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S.F. cops shut down girl's lemonade stand 0

John Seiler: Just when you thought the Police State couldn’t get any worse, cops in San Francisco recently shut down a little girl’s stand selling lemonade and brownies. How un-American can you get. It’s like banning Mom and apple pie. Well,

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"$800K Man" a government hero

John Seiler: We all need heroes. People we can look up to as examples and for inspiration. Government workers now have a new hero: Robert Rizzo, who just resigned as city manager of tiny Bell after news reports revealed his

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