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Free markets are moral, not the lesser of two evils

SACRAMENTO — The past two weeks, this column has been obsessed with “socialism” because the concept has suddenly become fashionable again on the left. I brought up the devastation of various socialistic experiments, but was met with a variety of rebuttals. Some critics view socialism as something warm and fuzzy (free health care, like in Sweden!), while others drip with hostility at the inequality of market-based economic systems. There was widespread agreement, however, that U.S.-style capitali...
Tags: David Brooks, Sweden, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Winston Churchill, New Zealand, Fox News, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Steven Greenhut, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics


Social media law roundup

Was this an entry in a contest to draft the most unconstitutional bill? “Florida Bill Would Make It a Crime for Minors to Post Pictures of Guns on Social Media” [Eugene Volokh] “Everyone involved in politics has bad days, when one’s interests conflict with one’s ideals.” But conservatives should resist the temptation to call in government to regulate the Internet [John Samples] New Republican interest in antitrust explainable by wish to bust corporations considered unfriendly to Republicans [...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, Guns, Law, Uncategorized, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Antitrust, Warren, Lafayette, Eugene Volokh, Steven Greenhut, Wrong Right, Scott Shackford, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, John Samples


Americans still confused about the meaning of socialism

Last week this column asked, “Why are we still debating the merits of socialism?” Based on quite a few responses, I’ve come up with three main answers. First, a surprising number of people still are seduced by its nice-sounding promises. Second, some politicians and activists are using the term again, which gives rise to this discussion. If you ask the public anything, including the virtues of cannibalism or self-immolation, a certain percentage will like the idea. Third, many people think wanti...
Tags: Opinion, Russia, Sport, Soccer, Social Security, Medicare, Venezuela, Lausd, Nicaragua, Cuba, Fidel Castro, Bernie Sanders, Vladimir Lenin, Mitchell, Hugo Chavez, Ecclesiastes


Why are we still debating the merits of socialism?

SACRAMENTO – In the 1970s, my dad flew from his home in Pennsylvania to a medical center in Houston to have a then-innovative bypass surgery that extended his life by more than three decades. At the same time, my wife’s family was sending bottles of aspirin to their relatives in the Polish socialist paradise. That dichotomy — Americans receiving cutting-edge medical care even as Eastern Europeans were lacking the rudimentary medicines — always stuck in my mind as I’ve written about political sys...
Tags: Post, Texas, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Sacramento, Barack Obama, Tesla, Sport, Bbc, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Portland, Cambodia, Miami


California high court gives crazy Legislature run for money

SACRAMENTO – There’s Big Government, Big Labor, Big Business and now – drum-roll please – something called Big Soda. At a news conference Wednesday at the state Capitol, five lawmakers introduced a package of bills to ban the sale of Big-Gulp-style soft drinks and impose a state tax on sugary drinks. “Big Soda has profited off of life-threatening disease and suffering for too long,” intoned Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. These Nanny State efforts are commonplace, and provide fodder for...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, California Supreme Court, Brown, Capitol, Legislature, Stormy Daniels, Christopher, David Chiu, Newsom


To reduce money in politics, slash the size of government

SACRAMENTO – Like a terrifying demon that returns during the final scene of a horror movie, campaign-finance reform is the “thing” that never goes away. The United States Supreme Court sometimes saves the day, as it did with the First Amendment-related Citizens United case in 2010. Yet reformers always have a new scheme to take “the money out of politics,” even though their last schemes always resulted in more cash influencing political campaigns. The campaign-finance scaremongers are back with ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Edison International, Sport, Soccer, House, Citizens United, The New York Times, Koch Brothers, Vox, Gavin Newsom, Trump, National Review


Leftist tax schemes bash the rich, but depend on their success

SACRAMENTO – Nineteenth century historian Thomas Carlyle called economics “the dismal science” because of its predictions about scarcity and poverty. Those are immutable features of all societies, which explains why his snarky term remains widely used. Modern economics writer Thomas Sowell captured the same idea, but expanded upon it. “The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it,” he wrote. “The first lesson of politics is t...
Tags: New York, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, Alabama, Sacramento, Sport, Earth, Soccer, Cbs, Trump, Democratic Party, Cato Institute, Golden State, Thomas Sowell


Kamala Harris’ progressive campaign, regressive record

SACRAMENTO – A funny thing is happening on the way to United States Sen. Kamala Harris’ coronation as the Democratic presidential nominee. Her long and controversial prosecutorial record as California attorney general and San Francisco district attorney is catching up to her. Progressives have noticed that Harris, now re-inventing herself as a criminal-justice reform champion, behaved in a decidedly non-reform-minded way when she had the power to effect change. This criticism shows how far the p...
Tags: California, Opinion, Singapore, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, United States, New York Times, Orange County, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Assembly, AG, Gray Davis


Falling transit ridership will not dissuade the social engineers

SACRAMENTO – It has been about 15 years since Orange County tried to build a $1-billion light-rail system that would have gone from one suburban parking lot to another. It would have moved around half of 1 percent of the county’s commuters. What I remember most about that incredibly shrinking Centerline was that while it was supposed to reduce congestion overall, it would actually have increased congestion along main thoroughfares. That was my first up-close encounter with the Cult of Transit. T...
Tags: Lyft, New York, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Chicago, Austin, Soccer, Air, Lausd, Jerry Brown, Orange County, Southwest Airlines, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area


‘Free’ community college plan will harm serious students

SACRAMENTO – It took nearly a dozen years after graduating from college to pay off the student debt I accumulated to get my degree – and that was in the days when tuition to a private university was around $5,000 a year including room and board. I’ve been through the college-shopping process with three daughters and have looked at asking prices of nearly $50,000 a year at some universities, so I understand the importance of affordability. It’s depressing thinking of kids getting their start in l...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, University Of California, Gavin Newsom, Nra, Legislature, California State University, Newsom, Steven Greenhut, Cal State, R Street Institute, Cal Grant


Tucker Carlson slams markets, echoes rhetoric of leftists

SACRAMENTO – When I heard Fox News’ host Tucker Carlson’s rambling attack on “market capitalism,” I was reminded of that circular theory of politics. Some political thinkers go so far to the right that they end up around the bend on the left and vice versa. Some of Carlson’s monologue could have been spewed by any modern progressive. It reminded me not just of the unpredictable ideological places that President Trump has taken the GOP, but specifically of Hillary Clinton’s infamous credo, “It ta...
Tags: Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Fox News, Vox, Hillary, Bernie Sanders, Clinton, Trump, Sanders, Tucker Carlson, Carlson


Shades of Prop. 187, as Trump rhetoric diminishes GOP

SACRAMENTO – I had yet to migrate to California from the Midwest in 1994 when Proposition 187, which banned most public services for illegal immigrants, passed overwhelmingly. It received nearly 59 percent of the vote, with only a handful of Bay Area counties voting against it. The measure wasn’t drafted by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson, but he was its most high-profile supporter. That helped him overcome a large polling gap and win a second term by defeating Democratic Treasurer Kathleen Brown, w...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Germany, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, United States, Ronald Reagan, Nazi, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Bay Area, Wilson, Midwest


Gov. Brown’s legacy is significant but wasn’t ‘transformative’

SACRAMENTO – Three years after his failed run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1992, California’s once and future governor addressed the International Transpersonal Association Conference. I have no idea what that is, but the group’s name – and his ruminations on the nation’s political system – were just so Jerry Brown. After a joke about the small crowds in New Hampshire, Brown said that “We are in a degenerate state of self-government.” He said he didn’t want to depress the audien...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, New Hampshire, Jerry Brown, Democratic Party, Brown, Legislature, Steven Greenhut, Colusa County, R Street Institute, Opinion columns, International Transpersonal Association Conference


Fix new rules that can sabotage gig economy

SACRAMENTO – An anti-technology movement from early 19th-century Britain has long been part of our lexicon. Luddites were knitters who destroyed textile machines to protect their jobs. Today the term applies to anyone who fights a crusade against the modern economy. Original Luddites weren’t against technology per se, Smithsonian magazine explains, but only attacked manufacturers “who used machines in what they called ‘a fraudulent and deceitful manner’ to get around standard labor practices.” C...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Britain, Soccer, Smithsonian, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Orange County Register, Superior Court, Department of Labor, Tani Cantil Sakauye


Jeff Hewitt shows libertarians how to win

SACRAMENTO – Many of my Republican friends chide me for being a “Losertarian,” a member of a party, the Libertarian Party, that is far better known for its sometimes-bizarre candidates, bitter internal disputes and unrealistic policy positions then it is for winning elections. Never mind that the GOP has its share of strange candidates (including one who managed to win a presidential election), but the criticism always has had an uncomfortable ring of truth to it. So it was with much enjoyment t...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, China, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Libya, CAL FIRE, City Council, Justice Department, Libertarian, Democratic, Hewitt, Legislature, Libertarian Party


Hints of what’s to come out of Sacramento

SACRAMENTO – If you needed more evidence that the California Republican Party is for all intents and purposes the equivalent of Monty Python’s dead parrot (it’s no more, it has ceased to be, it’s kicked the bucket, its metabolic processes have stopped, it is pushing up the daisies, it is an ex-party), then take a look at former Orange County Assemblyman and losing GOP gubernatorial candidate Travis Allen’s latest “take back California” effort. Now a candidate for state Republican Party chairman,...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Monty Python, Bill, Republican Party, Jerry Brown, Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Bay Area, Trump, Brown


Forget old debates, here’s a truly novel approach for the California GOP

SACRAMENTO — California’s two major Republican factions — conservatives and moderates — have been arguing about the future of the party for at least two decades. They don’t agree on much, but after the California party’s midterm drubbing, they do agree on this point: The state GOP is largely dead in the water and needs a new strategy to revive itself. A recap is in order. In 1998, 46.8 percent of voters were registered as Democrats, 35.8 percent as Republicans and 12.4 percent chose “No Party Pr...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Gop, Modesto, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Republican, Jerry Brown, Trump, Schwarzenegger, Assembly, United States Supreme Court


Conservatives wrong to call for government ‘trust busting’

SACRAMENTO – One bedrock principle of American conservatism has been its commitment to a freer marketplace. As Ronald Reagan noted, “The societies that have achieved the most spectacular, broad-based progress are neither the most tightly controlled, nor the biggest in size, nor the wealthiest in natural resources.” What unites them, he added, is their belief “in the magic of the marketplace.” In an about face, conservatives these days are increasingly likely to view markets as a dangerous form o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Fox News, Jeff Bezos, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Alexa, Bay Area


Trumpism hastens Orange County’s shift from red to blue

SACRAMENTO – During a 2012 magazine interview, actress Michelle Pfeiffer explained that “being from Orange County is in a lot of ways very much like being from the Midwest.” She was born in Santa Ana in 1958 and, as strange as her remarks might first seem, she has a point. The attitudes, culture and politics of the place, home to Richard Nixon and birthplace of the Ronald Reagan revolution, did indeed have a Midwestern feel, at least for many years. So many Midwesterners moved to Orange County t...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Ronald Reagan, Iowa, Ohio, Modesto, Darrell Issa, Orange County, San Diego County, Kamala Harris, Sarah Palin


Maybe the California GOP should ditch Republican label

SACRAMENTO — Democratic and Republican partisans are still bickering over the national significance of Tuesday’s mixed-verdict midterm elections. I wish they’d give the country a rest from their political grudge match for a while, but at least few people are arguing about the California election results. Once again, the state’s Republicans — now holding registration levels below No Party Preference voters — got their clocks cleaned. It was embarrassing. They were shut out on statewide offices, f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, House, Ted Cruz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Oklahoma, Jerry Brown, Trump, Cox, Legislature, San Joaquin Valley


State superintendent race: 50 million bucks for a bully pulpit

SACRAMENTO – If you pay attention to the overheated advertisements for the race for the state superintendent of public instruction, you’ll surely believe that the future of California’s education system is at stake. Nearly $50 million has been raised by candidates and independent committees to, in part, fund TV ads blasting one candidate as a failed school-board member and the other as a tool of the Trump administration. Both candidates are Democrats but one, Assemblyman Tony Thurmond of Richmon...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Boe, Richmond, Department Of Education, Trump, Democratic Party, State Board of Education, Board of Equalization, Tom Torlakson, Steven Greenhut, Antonio Villaraigosa


Regulated rate system makes ‘insurance czar’ a key race

SACRAMENTO – Some of the most heated races in the November election are for offices that most Californians know little about. Ask an average voter about the Orwellian-sounding Bureau of Equalization, and she or he will look at you with an eyes-glazed-over stare reminiscent of a cat’s gaze after you ask whether it prefers tuna or turkey giblets. Likewise, how many voters can tell you why the race for insurance commissioner is so important? The BOE races don’t really matter. The tax board used to ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jones, Bay Area, Legislature, Dave Jones, Ricardo Lara, Lara, Bell Gardens, Department of Insurance, Steven Greenhut, Steve Poizner


Prop. 12 is an abuse of California’s ballot box

SACRAMENTO – Critics of California’s voter-initiative process often rail against “ballot-box budgeting,” which refers to the way these measures often impose major budget outlays by democratic fiat. Average voters probably can’t even name all of their representatives, let alone explain how the state’s finances work. Yet they are called upon to make complex fiscal decisions based usually on campaign mailers and ballot titles. I’ve got no problem with voters deciding broad, easily understood issues...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Legislature, Humane Society of the United States, Steven Greenhut, Gary Condit, Lao, R Street Institute, Opinion columns, Legislative Analyst 's Office


Greenhut: Civil liberties and the police union spin game

SACRAMENTO – The wheels of justice turn slowly, but they turn even more slowly when it comes to achieving substantial legislative reform. With little fanfare and no statement, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows the public to learn details from investigations of police shootings, major use-of-force incidents and officers who may have falsified reports, planted evidence or committed a sexual assault. This is a no-brainer in a free society, but it took civil libertarians 12 years of work to...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Reagan, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Aclu, San Diego, Lincoln, Jerry Brown, California Supreme Court, Northern California, Brown, Assembly


Gov. Jerry Brown ending final term with mixed results

By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO – After Gov. Jerry Brown completed his bill signings and vetoes in the first year of his third and penultimate term as governor, this columnist urged the governor to release his “inner libertarian.” The comment was a bit facetious, given that Brown had a well-established political philosophy that generally favored a larger and more muscular state government, rather than the limited variety favored by libertarians. It was wishful thinking, perhaps.But Brown had, on s...
Tags: Supreme Court, California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, China, Uncategorized, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, New York Times, Delta, The Times, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Nixon


Gov. Brown rolls back crazy laws against food sales

SACRAMENTO – My youngest daughter, a college agriculture student planning a career in dairy farming, cut her teeth at our mini-ranch outside Sacramento, where she raises Nubians. Those are great milk producers and goat cheese can be tasty, too. One of her early lessons about life in modern America came when locals would ask to buy the milk. The state forbade such sales, but she heard of some people who adopted a workaround: The buyers would sign a form acknowledging that it was not for human con...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, America, Sport, Soccer, Vietnam, Jerry Brown, CHP, Saigon, Brown, Oliver Twist, Steven Greenhut, R Street Institute, Opinion columns


Police roundup

Among other barriers it erects against police accountability, California keeps prosecutors from knowing when and which cops have been shown dishonest. Time for reform [Jonathan Blanks, Cato] “NYC has shelled out $384M in 5 years to settle NYPD suits” [Yoav Gonen, Julia Marsh and Bruce Golding, New York Post] “Federal Judge Breaks Up Albuquerque’s Car Theft Ring” [Jacob Sullum, Reason on forfeiture ruling; Tim Cushing, TechDirt; Ilya Somin on legal implications] Class-action suit challeng...
Tags: New York Post, Law, California, NYC, Police, Uncategorized, New Mexico, Denver, Albuquerque, Costa Mesa, HIPAA, Orange County Calif, Bruce Golding, Tim Cushing, Detroit News, Steven Greenhut


The latest Catholic abuse scandal shows that nothing was ever resolved

SACRAMENTO >> I’m having a hard time understanding why the recent Pennsylvania grand-jury report dealing with the Roman Catholic Church’s child-rape scandal sparked so much shock and outrage. Indeed, the allegations contained in the report are shocking and outrageous. But, as someone who reported extensively on the issue in Southern California 10 to 15 years ago, I’m not surprised by the revelations. Obvious questions jump to mind. Why hasn’t the church, and the secular authorities responsible f...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Pennsylvania, United States, Ireland, New York Times, Pope Francis, Vatican, Catholic Church, Catholic, Orange County, Los Angeles Times, Wittenberg


Your life and liberty aren’t really safe, despite the end of the legislative session

SACRAMENTO — It’s that time of year. The California Legislature has concluded its session and I can again publish one of my favorite quotations, from 19th century New York Judge Gideon Tucker: “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.” At press time, we’re still waiting to see how many liberty-destroying bills that Jerry Brown will actually sign into law, this being his (mercifully) last signings/vetoes after four total terms as governor. Last year, Brown ...
Tags: New York, California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Bill, Jerry Brown, Brown, Legislature, Tucker, TNC, Steven Greenhut


Nike fallout shows we’re a nation of snowflakes

SACRAMENTO — Perhaps it’s the fault of social media or a president who acts like the star in a reality TV show, but Americans increasingly are fixated on the “big kerfuffle of the day.” We go from one tempest in a teapot to the next, with culture warriors expressing anger, shock and outrage. If you’re genuinely offended by an advertisement designed to sell athletic gear, then you need a reality check. Calm down. Take a deep breath. Stay off of Facebook for an hour. Hug your children. There’s a d...
Tags: Facebook, California, Opinion, Sacramento, NFL, Nike, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Gop, Pentagon, Berkeley, Santa Monica, Jim Jones, Kaepernick, Garcetti