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Bulldoze Williamson Act Subsidies?

Feb. 24, 2011 By DAVE ROBERTS There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth over Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget cuts, but the outcry over elimination of state subsidies for millionaire landowners may be overkill. Brown has zeroed out funding

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Even Silicon Valley Ruined 0

John Seiler: The disastrous policies of federal, state and local governments have not spared even Silicon Valley. Sure, the top digital geeks still trek there. Companies like Facebook still locate there. But Facebook has only about 2,000 employees, many of

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The Real Meaning of the Constitution 3

By JOHN SEILER Writing recently in the Sacramento Bee, two professors mangled the actual meaning of the U.S. Constitution. Alan Gibson of Cal State Chico and James Read of the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University in Minnesota

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Uh oh 1

John Seiler: As I keep reminding people, California isn’t the world’s “eighth largest economy,” as our politicians like to flatter us, but an integral part of the United States and its economy. And that economy, despite a minor ongoing “recovery,”

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So What's Not to Like? 0

John Seiler: If Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed $12 billion tax increase isn’t put before voters, and approved by them, columnist George Skelton warns the state will be afflicted with: shorter school years, even higher tuition, elimination of state welfare, crippling

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More Democracy At Election Time 0

FEB. 2, 2011 by JOHN SEILER “All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy,” said Al Smith, the New York governor and presidential candidate in 1928 (pictured at right). He was the last small-government Democratic presidential candidate

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Brown's Address: Egypt on the Pacific? 7

JAN. 31, 2O11 By JOHN SEILER In his State-of-the-State address today, Gov. Jerry Brown compared Republican legislators’ refusal (so far) to put taxes  on a special election ballot in June to the longstanding thwarting of democracy in Egypt. Apparently he

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Cal Tax Increase Election w/o GOP? 2

John Seiler: EDITOR’S NOTE: In response to some of our readers, we want to remind you that this is a tongue-in-cheek thought experiment with virtually no chance of taking place. Send us your creative ideas for dealing with the impasse.

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Calbuzz, Fleischman and Cleveland 0

John Seiler: Calbuzz has been maintaining a line that “democracy” demands that a tax-increase election must be held in June, as called for by Gov. Brown. The latest: “Calbuzz Democracy vs. Flashpoint Feudalism.” Actually, it’s the current system — high

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