Archive for August, 2014

Laying Track for More Spending


Monday August 11th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:18am PST   •   0 Comments

We have been tracking the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in 10 years late and $5 billion over budget but still bristled with safety concerns. Those worries were serious enough to prompt state senator Mark DeSaulnier to hold hearings and threaten a criminal investigation. Calls for a criminal investigation...
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Inflating Away the National Debt


Monday August 11th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:58am PST   •   0 Comments

Can governments simply use inflation to make their national debts disappear? That’s the subject of a new working paper by Jens Hilscher, Alon Raviv, and Ricardo Reis, who used real-world data to see how effective that inflation might be in reducing the real value of a government’s outstanding liabilities. Here’s the abstract of the...
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Somewhat Less Than Transparent


Thursday August 7th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:30am PST   •   0 Comments

In December 2007, the U.S. government launched a new website that it promised would make the spending by federal government agencies transparent to all, the Washington Post recalls: USASpending.gov was launched to great fanfare in 2007, the product of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act. “Technology makes it possible for every American to...
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Border Crisis and Leviathan


Wednesday August 6th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:04am PST   •   0 Comments

As Robert Higgs demonstrated in Crisis and Leviathan, the state exploits crises to expand its power. The current situation on the U.S.-Mexico border represents an escalation in that government manufactured the crisis. Young Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans are coming because they believe they will get in the country and receive amnesty, based on clear...
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Will Criminal Investigation Make It Across the Bay Bridge?


Monday August 4th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PST   •   4 Comments

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has already rung up $5 billion in cost overruns. The span also came in 10 years late and could well pose a danger to the public. As we recently noted, UC Berkeley structural engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asi believes the structure is unsafe and declines...
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Bureaucrats Behaving Badly


Monday August 4th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:55am PST   •   0 Comments

What’s the latest perk enjoyed by federal government bureaucrats while on the job? It would appear to involve surfing for porn on the Internet. Jim McElhatton of the Washington Times reports: For one Federal Communications Commission worker, his porn habit at work was easy to explain: Things were slow, he told investigators, so he...
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