Archive for September, 2016

TSA Employees a Threat to the Flying Public?


Friday September 30th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:52am PST   •   0 Comments

Last July, members of the U.S. House of Representative Homeland Security Committee released a report with the disturbing title “MISCONDUCT AT TSA THREATENS THE SECURITY OF THE FLYING PUBLIC“. Here are some disturbing excerpts from the report’s introduction: TSA data shows that misconduct has grown over time—both before and after a watchdog investigation. For...
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Luddite Legislators Keep Court Costs High


Tuesday September 27th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:37pm PST   •   0 Comments

The California Court Reporters Association (CCRA) has introduced legislation, AB 2629, that would raise court reporters’ fees for producing transcripts of trials. CCRA president Brooke Ryan believes this raise is long overdue, but she ignores key issues of interest to taxpayers. Court reporters are highly paid government employees and according to courtreporteredu.org, their average...
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Updates to 2016 Presidential Candidates Budget Proposals


Monday September 26th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:40pm PST   •   1 Comment

As we’re on the cusp of the first debate between the two major candidates for U.S. President in 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, it’s a good time to consider how each candidate’s proposals for spending and taxes would affect the fiscal future of the U.S. government, and by extension, U.S. taxpayers....
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VA Deploys Golden Parachutes for Badly Behaving Bureaucrats


Thursday September 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:25am PST   •   0 Comments

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would make it easier for managers at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs to fire the employees and supervisors at the VA who have engaged in misconduct by a vote of 310 to 116. The House voted 310-116 Wednesday to arm the Department...
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Tax Limitation Measure Still Under Attack


Wednesday September 21st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:50am PST   •   0 Comments

California’s Legislative Analyst has released Common Claims About Proposition 13, the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation 65 percent of California voters approved in 1978. The LAO examines whether Proposition 13 stabilizes property taxes, discourages new business creation, increases home ownership, and so forth. Prop 13 opponents, primarily government ruling-class types, claim it reduces...
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Education Fat Cats No Joke for Taxpayers


Monday September 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:25am PST   •   1 Comment

Chris Evans, superintendent of the Natomas Unified School District, bears a strong resemblance to the late Chris Farley of “Saturday Night Live,” but for students, parents and taxpayers, Evans’ latest happy meal is no joke. As Diana Lambert notes in the Sacramento Bee, the district’s board just boosted Evans’ pay by $46,130, a raise...
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U.S. National Debt Grows Past $19.5 Trillion


Monday September 19th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:02am PST   •   0 Comments

Visual Capitalist Jeff Desjardins has a new take on how to visualize the sheer size of the U.S. government’s $19.5 trillion total public debt outstanding. In the chart below, you’ll discover that: The U.S. national debt is bigger than the value of the S&P 500. The U.S. national debt is greater than the combined...
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U.S. Taxpayers’ Cash to Iran Buys Worsening Behavior


Saturday September 17th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:56pm PST   •   2 Comments

According to recent news reports, the Obama administration may have far more to answer for with respect to the $1.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer cash it has paid to Iran. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the U.S. first sent Iran equivalent of $400 million in foreign currency, loaded on wooden pallets in...
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Corruption and Waste at Government Water Agencies


Monday September 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:43am PST   •   0 Comments

Government corruption is a staple of the news, with politicians such as San Francisco Democrat Leland Yee, a consort of gangsters such as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, recently landing in prison. Chris Reed of Calwatchdog has charted corruption in the California city of Bell, which “was being run like a criminal enterprise.” In the...
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The Cost of the War on Terror


Sunday September 11th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:00am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S.’ War on Terror has endured for 15 years and has cost U.S. taxpayers over 1.75 trillion dollars. MyGovCost is marking the occasion by illustrating its accumulating cost from year to year along with a timeline of the major events that have defined it. Timeline of Key Events in War on Terror from...
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