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It’s just more of the same in California state budget proposal

By Jon Coupal | With all the breaking national news, many taxpayers have little bandwidth in their attention span to focus on the state budget. Moreover, the state budget process can be indecipherable even for political insiders. But taxpayers should … Continue reading

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Foolish California bonds put taxpayers at risk

By Jon Coupal | If you had just won the lottery, would that be a good time to go further into debt or would it be smarter to pay down the debt you already have? Most Californians would like very … Continue reading

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More Californians ponder leaving

By Jon Coupal | In the ‘80s, a punk rock band, The Clash, had a catchy little hit entitled, “Should I Stay or Should I Go.” As Californians start a new decade, many are asking themselves the same thing. For … Continue reading

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In California, more laws mean less freedom

By Jon Coupal | Progressives in California, more than elsewhere, forget the history and inspiration behind the founding of the United States. Our very system of government – with divided powers among the three branches of government – reflects an … Continue reading

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Correcting ballot measure deception

By Jon Coupal | A few weeks ago, this column recounted how progressive labor interests and their allies in government have stacked the deck against taxpayers in their efforts to qualify and pass the infamous “split roll” initiative. The measure, … Continue reading

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While you slept, the US government created ‘internal passports’

By Peter C. Earle, AIER | The deadline of yet another, and perhaps the most insidious, element of the post-9/11 initiatives (a partial list of which includes the establishment of the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), the Department of Homeland Security … Continue reading

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Watch last night’s city council meeting

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‘Afghanistan Papers’ confirm critics’ worst fears about war

By Steven Greenhut | It’s been 18 years since the United States invaded Afghanistan in what officials promised to be a decisive mission to uproot a breeding ground for Islamic fundamentalist terrorism. You’re totally not shocked to learn that things … Continue reading

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Tonight’s city council meeting agenda

To read or download tonight’s detailed council meeting agenda from the City’s website, please click here. The public participation portion of the meeting begins at 6:30 with presentations and awards. Actual city business normally doesn’t start until 7:00 or 7:30 . … Continue reading

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Congress learns Pentagon wasted $1 trillion, promptly gives it bigger budget

By Eric Levitz, New York Magazine | Here’s a fun little thought experiment: Imagine a “big government” bureaucracy embarked on a wildly ambitious project of social engineering — only to discover, almost immediately, that it had little hope of meeting … Continue reading

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