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Volume 21, Issue 5: February 5, 2019

During the past year, news reports of long lines, mismanagement, and criminal fraud have only worsened the state agency’s already-tarnished reputation. California’s DMV needs new leadership with business, personnel, and technology acumen. Anything less than a major overhaul, with a substantially greater role for the private sector, is a non-starter. READ MORE »

California Golden Fleece® Award – Exposing Waste, Fraud & Abuse in California Government

Richard K. Vedder (Forbes, 1/14/19)
How much of American political culture is explained by the fact so many politicians are graduates from elite coastal schools? And why do corporate CEOs hail from a wider range of institutions of higher learning? These vital questions warrant careful study. READ MORE »

By William F. Shughart II and Josh T. Smith (The Orange County Register, 1/29/19)
California is considering a ban on flavored tobacco products, an effort to stamp out teen vaping. This is a poor policy prescription that would discourage smokers from switching to less dangerous e-cigarettes. READ MORE »

By Dominick T. Armentano (The Daily Caller, 12/22/18)
Changes in solar activity—not carbon dioxide levels—may be the primary driver of temperature change on Planet Earth. But if CO2 levels are not the leading cause, then the entire case for carbon taxes and other regulations on emissions is severely weakened. READ MORE »

By Alvaro Vargas Llosa (The American Spectator, 1/24/19)
Roma may or may not win this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture, but there’s no denying the brilliance of its cinematography. As for its social critique of Mexico City in the early 1970s, much of the film’s message is still relevant today, although not necessarily in the way that filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón intended. READ MORE »

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