Renewing Our Call for Reason in Government It is tough to be a centrist in the current political environment. The only centrist candidate in the recent Santa Barbara mayoral election finished 4th. Senator Feinstein faces a primary challenge because she often favors pragmatism over dogma. As a result, it’s easy to understand why many centrists … Read More
Drawing comparisons between Richmond, California and local municipalities, Brian Goebel builds on the Los Angeles Times’ series on “California’s Pension Crisis” to argue in a Post on 2040matters.com that Santa Barbara area governments must take steps today to mitigate the many adverse consequences of exploding pension contributions.
Expanding on an excellent column by Dan Walters in the Sacramento Bee, Brian Goebel publishes a piece on 2040matters.com arguing that California’s elected officials should keep an eye on DC, but get back to work fixing California’s myriad problems.
Has an abundance of Vitamin D desensitized us to our relative economic decline? As we enter the holiday season with the “Trump bump” in the stock market and a steady stream of accolades for President Obama’s economic stewardship in light of our declining unemployment rate, it is important to consider whether Santa Barbara County is … Read More
Seeking to avoid additional scrutiny of the high-speed rail project he has championed, Governor Brown vetoed a bill that would have increased legislative oversight over the project. Reason in Government scored the bill favorably in our Legislator Scorecard. As the Wall Street Journal noted, the veto is a disservice to California taxpayers who must continue … Read More
The LA Times recently urged voters to reject Proposition 55, which would extend the supposedly temporary sales and income tax increases enacted through Proposition 30. Not only does the proposed 12 year extension make a mockery of the previous promise that these tax increases would be temporary, but as the LA Times argues convincingly, it … Read More