Would Prop. 61 Really Cut Drug Prices?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

It passes strange that, after so many scandals, the Veterans Administration is a being held up as a model for prescription drug prices. But that’s just what Proposition 61 does. The Ballot Summary reads: “Prohibits state agencies from buying any prescription drug from a drug manufacturer at any price over the lowest price paid for […]

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How Do You Keep Them Down on the Farm with Excessively High Wages?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

One of the ironies of our time is that progressive laws often hurt those they’re supposed to help. Restrictions on housing construction, such as almost anything the California Coastal Commission does or SB 375 from 2008, raise prices, making it difficult, even impossible for poor people to find housing. I wrote several columns on that […]

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More Tax Hikes in 2017 or 2018?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

For taxpayers, the most important issue for California this year isn’t the presidential election, which again will be won in this state by the Democrat, this time Hillary Clinton, by more than 3 million votes. Nor is it the U.S. Senate race, which Attorney General Kamala Harris is expected to win handily. Nor even the […]

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Death Penalty on the Initiative Plan

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

One reviewer found Celine’s “Death on the Installment Plan” the story of “a gloomy, disillusioned doctor who views medicine cynically and is irritated by his patients. That’s about how voters are going to look at yet another decision tossed to them about the death penalty in California. Although there are two related initiatives on the […]

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Prop. 56: Tax ’Em If You Got ’Em

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

You’re probably something like me: a professional who doesn’t smoke tobacco. Although in my case, I puff an occasional stogie, maybe once every two months. So if Proposition 56 passes in November, increasing tobacco taxes $2 a pack, it’s one of the few taxes that wouldn’t phase my personal bank account. And it wouldn’t affect […]

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Profits by Billionaires in China. Invested in California.

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

Note: I am not a real estate investment advisor. Nor do I play one on TV. California and China are symbiotic economically in more was that the etching on the back of your iPhone: “Designed by Apple in California. Assembled in China.” Despite a minor fad for Hayek, China still has really shaky property rights. […]

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Meg Being Meg

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

One of the more humorous times I’ve enjoyed in my 41 years in journalism was Meg Whitman blowing $180 million in her 2010 run for governor against Jerry Brown. For that she got 40.9 percent of the vote, just above the 40.0 percent Neal Kashkari got in 2014 spending almost nothing. I wrote about her […]

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Why is CalPERS Underperforming?

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

The biggest fiscal challenge facing California remains underfunded pensions. Ed Mendel’s Calpensions.com site featured a great chart showing how CalPERS’ current 75 percent level of funding has failed to repeat two previous restorations of value to above 100 percent. That article comes shortly after the fund reported its lowest gains since the Great Recession. Why […]

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Rest of World Ignoring Gov. Brown, Calif. on Greenhouse Gases

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

“We will get it one way or another,” Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters in Philadelphia about spreading California’s climate policies across the world. The quote was in the Los Angeles Times, which reported, “Brown is facing political headwinds to protect California’s cap-and-trade program, the centerpiece of its efforts to battle global warming.” And the paper reported on […]

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Harris-Sanchez’ Top Two Disaster

John Seiler
Former Editorial Writer at the Orange County Register

The Top Two Primary System voters enacted in 2010 with Proposition 14 has flopped in the race to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate. The official summary that year was written by then-Attorney General Jerry Brown, who supported Prop. 14, and read, “Encourages increased participation in elections for congressional, legislative, and statewide offices by […]

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