Archive for November, 2015

VA Executives Plead the Fifth


Friday November 13th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:31am PST   •   1 Comment

It really is a toss up these days as to which is the most criminally corrupt federal government agency. Is it the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Veterans Affairs? In the horse race of malfeasance, the VA edged into a slight lead last week, as two of its...
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Coastal Commission Power Surge


Wednesday November 11th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PST   •   4 Comments

The California Coastal Commission (CCC) is an unelected body that overrides the elected governments of coastal counties and cities on issues of land use and property rights. As we recently noted, the powerful CCC is moving into animal management, trying to leverage SeaWorld into killing off its orca shows. As Dan Walters of the...
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Jerry Brown’s Gusher of Government Abuse


Monday November 9th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PST   •   0 Comments

California governor Jerry Brown casts himself as a visionary leader in climate change and likes to demonize the oil and gas industry. When it comes to his own property and his own interests, the governor sings a different tune. As Ellen Knickmeyer of the Associated Press noted, according to state records, “Gov. Jerry Brown...
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U.S. National Debt Liabilities


Monday November 9th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:41am PST   •   0 Comments

At $18.61 trillion, most people think the size of the U.S. national debt is just 103% of the nation’s GDP. But according to Dave Walker, the former comptroller general of the U.S. government’s General Accounting Office, the total liabilities of the U.S. federal government add up to $65 trillion, which works out to be...
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$339 Billion Deeper in Debt


Wednesday November 4th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:32am PST   •   0 Comments

Now that former House Speaker John Boehner’s deal with President Obama to suspend the nation’s debt ceiling until March 2017 is law, the U.S. Treasury Department is ending the shell game that it was playing with the nation’s accounts and trust funds to keep the government running as if it were business as usual....
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Why Bureaucrats Stonewall on Salaries


Tuesday November 3rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:46am PST   •   0 Comments

The California State Controller, the state’s chief fiscal officer, has a mandate to “make sure the state’s $100 billion budget is spent properly.” In that cause, the Controller’s Office recently asked the state’s school districts to provide data on salaries. As Loretta Kalb notes in the Sacramento Bee, “about 70 percent of the public...
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Reconsidering the Compact for a Balanced Budget


Monday November 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:30pm PST   •   0 Comments

Following the headlong rush by a bipartisan coalition of House and Senate members to jetison the only effective restraint on the growth of U.S. government spending in modern history before House Speaker John Boehner’s resignation became effective, it occurred to us that one way that we could quantify the badness of the deal is...
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