The State of California has soundly defeated Liberty, it happened on a slow ride in a one-party state. We have Jerry Brown and the state legislature, both the senate and the assembly, to thank for this resounding victory. Here are some numbers (I am a numbers guy) that I compiled from the legislative record available on the state website. I in no way vouch for the complete accuracy of these numbers. This is a listing by assembly year, number of days’ assembly in session, numbers of laws introduced and number of laws passed:
2009 125 1,590 904
2010 119 1,209 759
2011 126 1,433 767
2012 121 1,267 743
2013 127 1,430 768
2014 118 1,336 852
2015 126 1,549 906
2016 119 1,366 846
Total 981 11,180 6,545
That is about 11 new laws introduced for each day the assembly was in session and almost 7 new laws passed for each day the assembly was in session. The average is 818 new laws per year for the last eight years. I am sure that this has been going on longer than eight years. The numbers are astounding yet they do not lie.
Liberty has been successfully tied down with hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of little ropes by little people.
Ever the "Rational Optimist" (a Matt Ridley book, required reading) I am sure that the weight of all these laws, the inability to enforce all these laws, the number of people ignorant of the laws and the number of people who choose to ignore some of the new laws will in the end bring sanity back to Sacramento.
Well, Crap, I am not that optimistic at this moment, sanity in sacramento, we do have the "Bullet Train" to nowhere!