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Reason Alert: Small Government Working in Sandy Springs

June 14, 2007

Sandy Springs Shows How Government Should Look, Work
In an op-ed in the Tampa Tribune, Reason Foundation Director of Government Reform Geoff Segal writes, "The experiment in Sandy Springs, Georgia, has proved that local governments don't need hundreds of public employees to function. Sandy Springs, a fast-growing town of more than 80,000 residents, has only four public employees who are not involved with public safety. Except for police and fire, virtually every government function has been contracted out. In its two years under private management, Sandy Springs hasn't needed a tax hike or a fee increase, the government has become more responsive, the service quality has improved, and so has customer satisfaction. The residents love it. In fact, this model has worked so well that two other Atlanta-area communities adopted it last year, and several others are considering a similar approach."
» Reason's Government Reform and Privatization Research

Limiting Bush's Powers on Enemy Combatants
In his nationally syndicated column Reason magazine's Jacob Sullum says the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals "struck a blow for due process and the rule of law, both of which are threatened by President Bush's assertion of the king-like power to lock people up at his discretion and throw away the key" by ruling the "President cannot eliminate constitutional protections with the stroke of a pen by proclaiming a civilian, even a criminal civilian, an enemy combatant subject to indefinite military detention." Sullum says Republicans should finally start to question Bush's power grab unless they are ready to give these same king-like powers to President Obama or President Hillary Clinton. "With the Bush administration winding down and the strong possibility of a Democrat in the White House come January 2009, perhaps Republicans will begin to see the wisdom of this warning," Sullum concludes.

Bring Back Internet Gaming
"The ban on Internet gambling punishes the millions of Americans who were wagering online responsibly due to anecdotal evidence of a few who may do so irresponsibly. It’s an affront to personal responsibility, and symptomatic of a Nanny Statist government that treats its citizens like children. A government based on the principle of liberty doesn’t police the personal lives of its citizens for bad habits, at any level, much less at the federal level." - Reason magazine Senior Editor Radley Balko testifies before Congress on why the Internet gaming ban should be repealed.

Reviewing Al Gore's Assault on Reason
"The Assault on Reason reestablishes [Al] Gore as America’s premier besserwisser and moral scold: the politician who both warns that we are scaring people to death and argues that Manhattan will soon be submerged beneath the Atlantic. But contrary to Gore’s eschatological narrative, the American media landscape is robust, thanks, in part, to technological innovation. To suggest otherwise is just cheap fear-mongering." - Reason magazine's Michael Moynihan reviews the former vice president's latest book.
» Ronald Bailey: Gore as Climate Exaggerator

Bashing Barry Bonds
Barry Bonds is closing in on Hank Aaron's homerun record, but Reason magazine Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie is more interested in why Bonds' alleged use of steroid is such a big deal, "Whether Bonds is ultimately accepted by fans is less interesting to me than what his censure suggests about our society's attitudes toward drugs: We remain convinced that even in contests where certain substances weren't banned, it's somehow uniquely immoral to use drugs to transform ourselves or give ourselves an edge. This attitude seems impervious to change, even as Americans increasingly rely on drugs in all aspects of our lives—to control our cholesterol, to improve our attention span, to change our moods on a daily basis."

Watch Reason's Kerry Howley on Fox News
Reason's Kerry Howley is scheduled to appear on Fox News Channel's Red Eye tonight at 11 p.m. Pacific to discuss current events. She is also scheduled to appear on Fox's Weekend Live this Saturday to discuss the ridiculous punishment - 27 months in jail - given to two parents convicted of serving booze to minors at their son's 16th birthday party. Weekend Live airs from Noon to 2 p.m. Eastern on Saturday.

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