It's not easy to count the ticks on a dog. It's not easy to count the barnacles on a ship. And it's certainly not easy to count the number of state agencies, commissions, committees, and other taxpayer-funded entities run by an out-of-control debt-ridden state like California.
But Maggie's Farm gives you a graphical impression of it. It will take your breath away.
Every one of those entities has employees paid by you, my fellow Californians. Every one wants to grow its fiefdom — which, generally, means that every one wants to increase the role of state government in citizens' lives. Every one wants to get more money next year than it got last year. Every one wants you to think its mission is essential, let alone reasonable and prudent. Every one has lobbyists. Every one has aligned interest groups. Many have unions. Most have a thicket of regulations, and most have brigades of lawyers who make their living helping citizens deal with them.
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