Liberty vs. State of California

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:

 Year    DaysIntroducedPassed
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!