The United States and California in particular are continuing down a dangerous path where more decisions about almost everything in life are made by government officials rather than by individual citizens. That's a fancy way of saying that we are losing our freedoms, slowly but surely. Maybe it's not so slowly, but it is surely, and the intrusions are coming at every level of government. "As I assess the past year and look toward the new one, I'm left with the sad conclusion that, regardless of who wins the presidency, nothing of substance will change on the freedom front," writes Steven Greenhut. "Here are my mostly dour predictions, offered with the hope that I end up being wrong."