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.
Hysterical reactions greet the White House's modest changes to federal clean water rules.
What is the correct reward for the person who creates something that millions of people want badly enough to pay for it?
He says "criminal-like behavior akin to treason or bribery" is enough, even if it's not "a technical crime with all the elements."
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.