Do Earth Day policies destroy opportunities for the poor?

By   /  April 22, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Energy and Environment, Fraud of the Day  /  No Comments

Photo: Steven Greenhut

By Steven Greenhut |
SACRAMENTO — No other state has embraced environmental policies like California. Yet for all the self-congratulations among environmentalists and our Green Governor here, I never hear them address some core social-justice questions, such as whether Earth Day – and environmental policies in general – are the prerogative of the rich.
In his inaugural speech […]

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State and feds spend millions to save handful of trout

By   /  April 8, 2015  /  California, Commentary, News  /  No Comments

AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli

The steelhead trout my wife and I cooked for dinner earlier this week seemed pricey. The small package cost $8.99, but it really was quite a deal when one considers what the Obama administration and California state officials are paying to save a handful – maybe a dozen or so – of the same fish on the Stanislaus River.

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Watchdog Podcasts: Breaking The Piggy Bank — Higher taxes, higher benefits and the political problems of public pensions

By   /  April 3, 2015  /  California, Pennsylvania, Pensions, Podcast, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


Breaking The Piggy Bank is’s weekly look at the national public-pension crisis, how it’s affecting state and city budgets and what can be done — if anything — to fix it.

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Anti-gay initiative does not undermine initiative process

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments

SACRAMENTO — A nasty anti-gay initiative proposed in California has been used by foes of the state’s initiative process to reinforce the need for reform. Certainly, one modest reform might be in order, but the “Sodomite Suppression Act” should mostly be ignored.

In late February, a Huntington Beach man filed with the state attorney general the […]

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AARP needlessly scares readers over pension ‘outrages’

By   /  March 15, 2015  /  California, Commentary  /  No Comments


By Steven Greenhut |
The March issue of the AARP Bulletin (published by the group formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) promises an issue filled with outrageous “abuse, rip-offs and injustices,” but it’s no surprise it wrongly scares the public about the pension crisis.
AARP warns readers about companies and governments that are […]

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The closest high-speed rail will come to Sacramento?

By   /  February 24, 2015  /  California, Commentary, Uncategorized, WatchBlog  /  No Comments


The contractor for California’s high-speed rail system is having an event on the Capitol grounds, featuring a model car that is “Connectin Cities at 220 miles per hour.”
For $68 billion, they ought to be able to afford a “g” (in connecting). Furthermore, this train will never go 220 mph — not with a blended route that […]

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