Archive for July, 2014

Overclassified Waste


Tuesday July 15th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:41am PST   •   0 Comments

The problems plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs are deep and systemic. New evidence has come to light indicating that the cancer of corruption and incompetence permeating the VA is even deeper than we knew. The Huffington Post reports: The scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs is systematically overpaying clerks, administrators and other support staff,...
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The $3.7 Billion Child Trafficking Tab


Monday July 14th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PST   •   0 Comments

Already at stratospheric levels, your federal government costs have gone up $3.7 billion, the amount U.S. President Barack Obama wants to address the massive influx of more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors. This new imposition on embattled American taxpayers flows from the ruling-class notion that the United States must be wet-nurse to the world. If...
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A Lack of Control


Friday July 11th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

The Associated Press reports that for the fifth year in a row, the amount of checks that the U.S. federal government has acknowledged that it has improperly paid out has exceeded $100 billion: WASHINGTON (AP)—By its own estimate, the government made about $100 billion in payments last year to people who may not have...
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$100 Billion in Improper Payments


Friday July 11th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:30am PST   •   0 Comments

Readers of this column know that the federal government wastes a lot of taxpayers’ money. How much? Last year, by its own estimate, the government sent out $100 billion in improper payments. In fact, as Rep. John Mica explained, “It’s over $100 billion each of the last five years. That’s a staggering half a...
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Covered California Privatizes Email Stonewalling


Wednesday July 9th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:16am PST   •   2 Comments

IRS bosses claim to have lost two years of emails with direct bearing on the targeting scandal. Federal and state government agencies could respond to these mysterious losses by expanding efforts to preserve all public records. But as Christopher Cadelago explains in the Sacramento Bee, Covered California is taking a different approach. California’s health...
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The Mispriorities of Bureaucrats


Tuesday July 8th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:15pm PST   •   0 Comments

We’ve been following the VA waitlist/rationed health care scandal since it provides such a clear window into the priorities of so many the federal government’s bureaucrats, who we’ve argued chronically put their own interests above those they are intended to serve. But the scale of those mispriorities is only just now becoming known. That...
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FATCA: A Surge of Seizure Fever


Monday July 7th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:08am PST   •   1 Comment

As we recently noted, Americans are still paying a heavy price for mistakes by the Internal Revenue Service. These include a “Seizure Fever” campaign that rewarded IRS employees based on how much money they had confiscated. The IRS also handed out billions in improper payments and fraudulent tax returns, paid millions in bonuses to...
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Obamacare’s Secret Taxpayer Bailout of Health Insurers


Sunday July 6th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:35am PST   •   0 Comments

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is often abbreviated as either PPACA or ACA, but which is most popularly known as “Obamacare,” is a very complicated law that stands as an prime example of how politicians will put the interests of their crony corporate contributors ahead of those of the American people....
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Grievances Against the King


Friday July 4th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:11am PST   •   0 Comments

In celebration of the 237th anniversary of the signing of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, we thought it might be a good time to reflect on the portion of the Declaration that indicts King George III, whose policies ultimately led to the successful War of Independence for Britain’s 13 colonies...
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Withhold Applause for Unhappy Anniversary


Wednesday July 2nd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:28am PST   •   1 Comment

Seventy-one years ago, on July 1, 1943, the federal government first started withholding income tax from workers’ paychecks. For the first time, the government would get workers’ money even before the workers did. As a freerepublic blogger noted on the 60th anniversary, that’s not exactly an occasion for celebration. “Why is withholding so bad?...
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