â€œThe art of government is to make two-thirds of the nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third,â€ mused Voltaire. Even that cynical French Enlightenment writer couldnâ€™t imagine what would transpire one day in California, where a portion of the mere 15.3 percent of the public that works for government has gotten the rest of the public to pay for an eye-popping level of compensation. Increasingly, writes Steven Greenhut, the public may be seeing that the problem isnâ€™t a handful of officials who illegally gamed the system, but a system thatâ€"as Voltaire understoodâ€"allows a powerful minority to legally game the majority.
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