Archive for December, 2013

Section 8 Government Policies


Tuesday December 31st, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

Once upon a time, in government bureaucrat-speak, “Section 8” referred to the kind of discharge from military service that applied specifically to individuals who were judged to be too mentally unfit to continue serving. Today however, when the term “Section 8” is thrown around, it typically refers a welfare program run through the U.S....
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Obamacare Tops 2013 Charts in Waste, Fraud and Abuse


Tuesday December 31st, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:13am PDT   •   0 Comments

2013 was a banner year for waste, fraud and abuse in government, with several strong contenders for the top ranking. Companies that got hundreds of millions of dollars under the federal stimulus package continued to go bankrupt, and the federal largesse failed to revive the economy. The Internal Revenue Service made life difficult for...
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Obamacare Holiday Cheer


Monday December 30th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Barack Obama repeatedly told Americans that under Obamacare they could keep their health plan but that turned out to be an “incorrect promise,” as the New York Times famously put it. Obamacare took away Americans’ health plans by the millions, which was the plan all along. Obamacare mandates more expensive plans with weaker...
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The Road that Costs $5.32 Million per Mile


Saturday December 28th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:26pm PDT   •   1 Comment

There are all sorts of gems in the 2013 Wastebook, Senator Tom Coburn’s annual compendium of the most wasteful spending originating in Washington D.C. Here’s one we couldn’t pass up sharing! Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood ended his tenure describing the state of America’s roads as “one big pothole.” LaHood blamed a...
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Stockings Stuffed All Year for California City Officials


Wednesday December 25th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:27am PDT   •   0 Comments

The holiday season will be rough for many Americans, particularly those staring down the barrel of higher health insurance premiums due to Obamacare. The national and state economies are not exactly booming but for some city officials in California the Christmas stocking has been stuffed chock full all year. Recent data from the state...
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Christmas for Government Waste! (Part 2)


Tuesday December 24th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:41am PDT   •   0 Comments

What is it about the Christmas season that inspires the federal government’s bureaucrats to celebrate the holiday at taxpayer expense? In Part 1, we looked at how the U.S. Marshals Service had custom Christmas ornaments and other kinds of specialty swag especially made to boost the spirits of its workers. Which was wasteful enough,...
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Covered California’s Promotional Bust


Monday December 23rd, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:22am PDT   •   1 Comment

Troubles mount for the Affordable Care Act but a default position among Obamacare acolytes is that the state exchanges are a shining success story. A recent Sacramento Bee report calls that into question. Covered California is “spending tens of millions of dollars on two-year grants ranging from $250,000 to more than $1 million” to...
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Why Big Government Is the Greatest Menace


Friday December 20th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

According to a December 5-8 Gallup poll, a full 72 percent of Americans say big government poses a greater threat to the United States than big business or big labor. That strong majority of Americans has good reason for concern. Government holds a monopoly on police power. It was the federal government of the...
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Another CARB Clunker


Thursday December 19th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

Santa may still be en route but the elves at the California Air Resources Board (CARB) have already made their list and checked it twice. CARB bosses want to help low-income people by buying them cars. CARB now hands out $1,000-$1,500 for motorists to get rid of older vehicles. Under the new plan the...
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Christmas for Government Waste! (Part 1)


Wednesday December 18th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:30am PDT   •   1 Comment

Senator Tom Coburn has just released the 2013 edition of the Wastebook—his office’s annual compendium of the most extreme examples of wasteful spending within the U.S. federal government—just in time for the holidays! Backed by 930 citations, the 2013 Wastebook lists 100 examples of things that the federal government’s bureaucrats have done with taxpayer...
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