The Corner

California Vs. Colorado

Peter: I’d be curious to see those California figures when you have them. In the meantime, consider that Colorado has a constitutional provision limiting the growth of government to inflation + population growth. It was passed in 1992. Almost the entire political establishment, including Republicans, howled in opposition. One of the few to support it (as a state rep) was Bill Owens, Colorado’s current governor. So it can be done–and those who do it can experience great political success. It was a year ago that NR put Owens on its cover and called him “America’s Best Governor.”

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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