GIVE US PEOPLE OF ABILITY. Professor Newmark, a graduate of UCLA (motto: On! Wisconsin!) stays current with developments from California, where a San Francisco-based state agency is having an Atlas Shrugged moment.

After almost 100 years, the State Compensation Insurance Fund is pulling 755 of its 830 jobs out of town, having determined that San Francisco is just too expensive - and its workforce too dumb - for the agency to continue doing most of its business here.

Workers called to a recent meeting at the Herbst Theatre were told that 293 jobs will move to Pleasanton, 422 to Vacaville and 40 to Sacramento, with 75 employees remaining in the city.

"Did you want to see it used by whining rotters who never rouse themselves to any effort, who do not possess the ability of a filing clerk, but demand the income of a company president, who drift from failure to failure and expect you to pay their bills, who hold their wishing as an equivalent of your work and their need as a higher claim to regard than your effort...?" (James Fallows had a meditation on the conspicuous failures of liberalism, or progressivism, or no-labelism, 35 years ago.)

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