After struggling with addiction and mental illness, Jayne Fuentes served her time, found a job and got her life back on track. She's been sober and crime-free for three years, but one thing still dogs her: fear of being jailed or forced to do physical labor because she can't afford to pay the government.
At the check-in line at San Francisco International Airport, we handed over our driver's licenses and waited for the airline ticket agent to find our flight and reservation. Suddenly, she got a funny look on her face. "There's something wrong with the computer," she said. "I need to talk to my supervisor."
Dear Scott Rowland, I had $10K, little more, in the car when I heard you on All Things Considered. You were defending civil asset forfeiture. Your defense, I had to notice, backfired. You didn't defend forfeiture at all. But your comments provided a rich illustration of why forfeiture must be abolished.
There's a growing bipartisan push in some states to stop issuing marriage licenses altogether in a surprisingly good, "smaller government" way. SamePageNation's "There's a Contract for That" imagines what life might look like and pokes fun at the outlandish extremes some have suggested would be possible.