The early 21st century has not been kind to California’s reputation for good government. But the Golden State’s governance flaws reflect worrisome national trends with origins in the 1970s and 1980s. Growing voter distrust with government, a demand for services but not taxes to pay for them, a sharp decline in enlightened leadership and effective civic watchdogs, and dysfunctional political institutions have all contributed to the current governance malaise.
Until recently, San Diego, California—America’s 8th largest city—seemed immune to such systematic governance disorders. This sunny beach town entered the 1990s proclaiming to be “America’s Finest City,” but in a few short years its reputation went from “Futureville” to “Enr
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Thousands of protesters are packing out central Madrid, angry at the economic woes engulfing Spain. Demonstrators from all across the country have been marching for weeks, to demand quick action to deal with the country’s debt and mass unemployment. RT’s Irina Galushko is in Madrid to hear what the protesters now known as the ‘indignants’ have to say RT on Twitter: twitter.com RT on Facebook: www.facebook.com
Chris Isaac cover by: Leah Carey Busy Gangnes Elizabeth Harper Jane Herships Sophia Knapp Jessica Lauretti Caroline Polachek Molly Shea Linnea Vedder Shot by Heather Andersen and Jessica Lauretti, Edited by Caroline Polachek Special thanks to Scott Rosenthal
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