Archive for November, 2014

Veterans Triple Dip Disability Benefits


Tuesday November 11th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PST   •   0 Comments

It’s a shame, but this Veterans Day, we have to consider how broken the fiscal stewardship of the U.S. federal government has become by the way that approximately 60,000 disabled veterans have gamed the system to triple dip into government-provided benefits. One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another...
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U.S. Postal Snoop Surge


Monday November 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:13am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a perennial loser, always billions in the red, with taxpayers on the hook. On the other hand, whatever the losses, the USPS finds a way to give postal bosses a pay hike. As a visit to any post office will confirm, the regular...
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Uncle Sam Pays for Swedish Massage of New Zealand Rabbits


Saturday November 8th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 10:41am PST   •   0 Comments

There’s a lot not to like about how much money the various agencies and departments of the U.S. federal government waste, but perhaps the most bizarre example from the 2014 Wastebook is the story of how the National Institute of Health (NIH) spent $387,000 over two years to provide Swedish massages to the feet...
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Pillage People Strike Again


Wednesday November 5th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:09am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, the Internal Revenue Service has been targeting those who advocate limited government and lower taxes, and calls this harassment “horrible customer service.” The IRS also sends billions to identity thieves and wastes more billions in improper payments. The federal agency generally fails in the fight against tax fraud. Now, as...
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Voting to Borrow for the Children


Tuesday November 4th, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:22am PST   •   2 Comments

On Election Day 2014, many voters in California will likely see at least one of 118 local bond measures on their ballots, with local government entities seeking permission to borrow a collective total $12.6 billion dollars as they also increase local property taxes to pay back the money being borrowed over the term of...
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Government Pension Surge Drives Tax Increases


Monday November 3rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55am PST   •   3 Comments

This week voters in California will make the call on, count ‘em, 140 tax increases, from sales taxes to levies on soda and marijuana. If voters should wonder what is driving these tax increases, Mark Bucher of the California Policy Center has a few suggestions in his October 26 Sacramento Bee article headlined “Big...
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The Bureaucrats’ Secret Buying Spree


Saturday November 1st, 2014   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:42pm PST   •   0 Comments

Oh, to be a bureaucrat in the U.S. federal government! What other jobs pay just as much or more than similar work done in the private sector, but with much, much more generous benefits? Which would appear to be even more generous than we previously knew, thanks to the discovery of a surprising new...
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