Archive for September, 2015

Fighting Bureaucracy with Incompetence


Thursday September 10th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PST   •   1 Comment

Say what you will about government bureaucrats, but when the full power of their incompetence is released, it is a sight to behold. We mean that in a good way this time, because for once, that incompetence might work to the advantage and benefit of regular Americans! Let’s start at the beginning. Earlier this...
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Government Monopoly Game Punishes the Poor


Tuesday September 8th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:49am PST   •   0 Comments

In 2012, California assemblywoman Fiona Ma backed AB 2482, a bill to license, yes, interior designers. Backers of the measure claimed it would protect consumers from unqualified home decorators, but as Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee notes, “it was quite evidently aimed at limiting who could offer design services to potential clients –...
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Unfunded Liabilities for Public Employee Retirements


Monday September 7th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:04am PST   •   1 Comment

People who work for the federal, state, or local governments in the United States are really well compensated compared to their peers in the private sector. That’s not so much because of the take-home pay, which is often in the same ballpark as what people with similar education and training earn in similar occupations...
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Surviving War, but Not the VA’s Rationing of Health Care


Friday September 4th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:24am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in April 2014, we described the newly unfolding tragedy of fraudulent waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities as a rationing scheme – one that was operated by knowing individuals within the VA for the purpose of enriching themselves: The VA has been wracked in recent weeks by reports of...
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Good News, Bad News and the Tipping Point


Wednesday September 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 3:43pm PST   •   0 Comments

We have good news and bad news on the U.S. government’s budget deficit for 2015. First, the good news from Reuters: The U.S. budget deficit is likely to fall by $60 billion in 2015 due to strong revenue gains, the Congressional Budget Office said on Tuesday, enabling the government to stave off default without...
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New Bomber Soars $27 Billion Too High


Tuesday September 1st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:46am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted in 2013, politicians seemed intent on buying 280 more M-1 Abrams tanks the U.S. military didn’t want or need. The M-1 Abrams is a formidable machine but not really suited for counterinsurgency operations, and the tanks run $8 million each. Last year we alerted taxpayers to the new fleet of presidential...
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