The political system, as described in civics textbooks and by legislators, is a temple of democracy, where elected officials solve problems and do the public's work. But, as Nobel-winning economist James M. Buchanan realized, the people who work for government are as motivated by economics as those who work outside of it. They seek power and money within their organizations, just like everyone else. This not-so-glamorous theory helps explain why most of California's long-term financial problems are tied to one source, the unsustainable levels of compensation paid to state and municipal workers. Sacramento budget issues revolve around underfunded public-employee pensions, unfunded retiree medical care and the like. Even other issues, writes Steven Greenhut, like the lack of funds to pay for long-term infrastructure projects, are tied to public-sector compensation.
Tulsi Gabbard Called Out Mainstream Media, Both Parties, Democratic Candidates for Supporting Disastrous Regime Change in the Middle East
"As president I will end these regime change wars."
The mainstream media are channeling Dr. Zaius, the elitist orangutan from Planet of the Apes, who hid dark secrets out of misguided paternalism.
The New York Times Wonders Aloud If Tulsi Gabbard's Anti-War, Anti-Establishment Message Makes Her a Stooge for Nazis and Russian Bots
The article ignores Gabbard's arguments for a less interventionist foreign policy, preferring to speculate about foreigners and fascists.
The 7th Circuit said the guard is protected by qualified immunity.
James called Trump a "bum," but he won't utter a single bad word about China's authoritarianism.