Time for Protests from Hill Reporters: For decades, among the first thing cub reporters learned when covering local government was that the words "executive session" meant public officials were going behind closed doors to conduct business they wanted to keep out of the public eye. More often than not, the journalists barred from the meeting passed influential developers and other special interest lobbyists on their way in to confer with the decision makers. Thanks to public meetings laws requiring city councils, county boards of supervisors, and other local and state officials to meet and vote in public, it's much tougher for them to hold such clandestine gatherings.
Turning States into Welfare Wards: Having effectively seized control of the banks, the auto industry, executive pay grades, and every stone that's turned in the nation's infrastructure, the Obama Administration has now turned its avaricious attention on state's rights. And this may be the most devious and deadly seizure of all.
Following the Irish Example: While American politicians continue to indulge the unsustainable excesses of a federal government already littered with unnecessary functions, other nations have wisely begun to read the handwriting on the wall.
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