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“Density Ideology” will destroy California

“Density Ideology” will destroy California

    By Edward Ring f you’re searching for an organizing principle that unites the Left, density ideology should be at or near the top of your list. Far from being a sideshow, density ideology is behind the leftist drive to cram America’s rising population into the footprint of existing cities. It fulfills the agenda of […]

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

Californians exempt from the consequences of Liberalism

    By Edward Ring When trying to understand why Californians continue to elect liberals, several explanations routinely surface. Chief among them is the theory that conservatives forever alienated California’s diverse electorate by championing “discriminatory” policies. The early example of this was Prop. 187, passed in 1994, which banned providing government services to illegal aliens. Most of […]

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

The Many Unintended Consequences of AB 5

    By Edward Ring By now anyone who works as an independent contractor in California has heard of AB 5, which will force companies to reclassify them as employees. The justification for AB 5, which was reportedly written by the AFL-CIO, is to prevent companies from exploiting workers. Without AB 5, the reasoning goes, companies hire freelancers to […]

Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

Long-Term Solutions for California Wildfire Prevention

    By Edward Ring Nobody knew how the fire started. It took hold in the dry chaparral and grasslands and quickly spread up the sides of the canyon. Propelled by winds gusting over 40 miles per hour and extremely dry air (humidity below 25 percent), the fire spread over the ridge and into the town […]

How much will YOUR city pay CalPERS in a down economy?

How much will YOUR city pay CalPERS in a down economy?

    By Edward Ring CalPERS still hasn’t issued their actuarial analyses for the period ending 6/30/2018, even though a year ago, the 6/30/2017 analyses were available. Could it be related to the fact that the DJIA index on 10/01/2018 was 26,447 and as of midday 10/01/2019 it sits at 26,599? Did CalPERS have a bad year […]

Homelessness | Venice Beach’s Monster on the Median

Homelessness | Venice Beach’s Monster on the Median

    By Edward Ring When President Trump arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday, he had a few words to say about the city’s homeless problem. “We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” the president told reporters. “In many cases [building tenants] came from other countries and they […]

The Enemies of American Infrastructure

The Enemies of American Infrastructure

    By Edward Ring Between 2008 and 2019, China opened up 33 high speed rail routes, connecting 39 major cities along four north-south and four east-west main lines. The 18,000 mile network runs trains at an average speed of around 200 miles per hour. By 2030, the Chinese expect to double the mileage of their high speed […]

The Density Delusion

The Density Delusion

    By Edward Ring For decades, American workers have watched as their ability to enjoy middle class lifestyles erodes away. Conventional explanations abound. American industry in the immediate aftermath of World War II was uniquely unscathed, and with a near monopoly on global manufacturing, it was able to pass much of the ample profits on […]

Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

Were Pensions Benefits Retroactively Enhanced Without Notifying the Public?

    By Edward Ring   In 1999, at the height of the stock market runup fueled by the internet bubble, California’s state legislature passed SB 400, which increased pension benefits for officers with the California Highway Patrol. Over the next several years, pension benefits were similarly increased for government employees working in nearly every one of […]

America’s Homeless Industrial Complex – Causes & Solutions

America’s Homeless Industrial Complex – Causes & Solutions

    By Edward Ring In his final speech from the White House in January 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower warned the nation that the military had joined with the arms industry and had acquired unwarranted influence over American politics. His term for this alliance was the “military industrial complex.” Since that time, Eisenhower’s term has been co-opted by […]

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