Archive for September, 2013

Government Protects Child Abusers

Wednesday September 18th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, California’s government employee unions do not hesitate to tell anybody who will listen that the state capitol is “our house.” Indeed, they hold mass rallies for that purpose. Journalists, on the other hand, have a hard time getting across the reality that government employee unions really run the place. But…
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Likely Voters Favor Spending Cuts

Tuesday September 17th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:44pm PDT   •   0 Comments

There are some really surprising poll results from polling firm Rasmussen Reports, which give a sense of how popular spending cuts would be today. Rasmussen sets the stage for the environment in which they conducted their survey: President Obama yesterday criticized congressional Republicans for insisting on spending cuts in any budget deal that continues…
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Fine Whine at the Federal Trough

Monday September 16th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:45am PDT   •   2 Comments

As this column has noted, the federal government of the United States is a spending machine, much of it on autopilot. But the economic downturn of recent years has forced spending cuts known as “sequestration.” That has made the federal trough a noisy place, but also informative. Philip Joyce, a professor at the University…
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Inside the Department of Every Bureaucratic Transaction

Sunday September 15th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 12:15pm PDT   •   2 Comments

From the creative minds at Bankrupting America, a fun look inside how every federal government agency really works, inspired by “The Office”: The second episode of the web series is up at their site, with a third episode on the way….

Public Pension Piper Calls Costly Tune for Taxpayers

Wednesday September 11th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

Government profligacy often escapes notice because of its “slow-motion impact,” as a recent Sacramento Bee report on pension payouts confirms. Between 1999 and 2012 average monthly payouts for government retirees doubled and initial payments for one group nearly tripled. For state police and firefighters the average rose from $1,770 to $4,978. California Highway Patrol…
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How to Save $35 Billion the Easy Way

Tuesday September 10th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:03am PDT   •   2 Comments

We can all agree that there’s nothing easier than doing nothing, right? As it happens, there’s an easy way that the U.S. federal government can do nothing and save itself $35 billion worth of potentially wasteful spending. All it has to do is follow through on H.R. 2668, the bill that has already passed…
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Intelligence Colossus a Costly Failure

Monday September 9th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

U.S. spy agencies call themselves an “intelligence community” (IC). The Washington Post has good reason to dub it an intelligence “colossus,” with 16 spy agencies and 107,035 employees. The IC “black budget” for fiscal year 2013 is $52.6 billion, a lot of money even by Washington standards, and that figure is separate from $23 billion…
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Unhiding the Debt

Saturday September 7th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 10:20am PDT   •   1 Comment

Ever since 1995, the Congressional Budget Office, the main scorekeeper for determining the impact of federal government spending programs upon the United States’ national debt, has been using an accounting scheme that conceals the full scope of the liabilities being taken on by the nation to fulfill the promises of today’s free-spending politicians. But…
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Federal Firefight Costs Taxpayers

Friday September 6th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:38am PDT   •   1 Comment

The fire at Chevron’s Richmond, California, refinery has been out for more than a year, but the blaze still illuminates governments’ ability to take any crisis situation and make it worse. The August 6, 2012, fire belched smoke and drove thousands of people to medical centers for treatment of breathing problems. The US Chemical…
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Thieves Are Kindred Spirit for California Government

Wednesday September 4th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:26am PDT   •   6 Comments

When someone embezzles more than $300,000 from a business, that company is not likely to hire back the embezzler and give her a promotion. But such is not the case with the state of California, which even changed the rules so the embezzler could get a new job. As a recent report noted, Carey…
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