As you may have heard on last week's Ricochet podcast from the National Review cruise, there's a campaign afoot to draft me into running for mayor of Oakland. As I said at the time, if nominated, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve. If I receive campaign funds, I promise 100 percent embezzlement.
Despite those pledges, Troy has still asked me to present my platform for your consideration. It needs only three planks:
1. Triple the size of the police force, including a mayor who is required to pack his own heat.
2. Tuition vouchers for all schoolchildren in Oakland, and setting all public schools free to compete for them or close.
3. Cutting property and business taxes by 50 percent and requiring all paperwork for new businesses to be reduced to a one-page form. All other programs will be cut in line with tax revenues until the city's budget is stabilized and crime is reduced.