Trust me. I can't tell you how I know, but I know.... regarding macstang's original post.
And in general the state's BS tends to be more insidious because it's conducted with more subterfuge.
(like SB1, rider bill attacks on Prop 13 and the DMV's special smog screening via STAR and mobile dyno)
As the drill sergeant said, "I taught you everything you know. I didn't teach you everything I know."
"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so."
- Douglas Adams