Jim Manzi on the Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society; Plus: California’s Budget Woes and the Cigarette Tax

May 22, 2012: Jim Manzi, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies, and contributor to National Review Online, joins Martha Montelongo, Ben Boychuk, and John Seiler to discuss his new book, Uncontrolled. In particular, we focus on Manzi’s policy prescriptions for education, immigration, and welfare. How much government can we do without?

In the second half of the program, Martha, Ben and John discuss the latest news about California’s budget debate, in which John details how much money goes to pay the Golden State’s ballooning debts. We round out the show with a segment about Prop. 29, the ballot initiative to raise tobbacco taxes to fund cancer research. Ben writes about Prop. 29 in his Sacramento Bee column on May 24.