Archive for October, 2016

California Capitol Still Not Taxpayers’ House

Friday October 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:37pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted back in 2013, when 8,000 government employees rallied at California’s capitol, Service Employees International Union boss Yvonne Walker proclaimed “We’re letting them know this is our house!” The SEIU and other massive government unions were clamoring for a pay hike at the time. In 2015 we noted two costly bills that…
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“Bad Apples” and “Gypsy Bureaucrats” at the VA

Thursday October 13th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

A couple of weeks ago, comedian John Oliver discussed the topic of police accountability on his show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. As part of that discussion, he focused on the specific issue of “gypsy cops”, where officers who have engaged in misconduct are allowed to resign and to relocate to other divisions…
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Government Goldfinger

Tuesday October 11th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:02am PDT   •   1 Comment

President Obama has signed the United States Appreciation for Olympians and Paralympians Act, which “eliminates a tax penalty imposed by the Internal Revenue Service on medals or other prizes awarded to Team USA athletes during the Olympic and Paralympic Games,” according to a press release from Bob Dold (R-IL). Olympic athletes with adjusted gross…
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The Costly Burden of U.S. Regulations

Friday October 7th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

If you added up the cost of all the regulations that the U.S. government has added to the Federal Register since 1980, how much would it be? Bentley Coffey, Patrick A. McLaughlin, and Pietro Peretto of the Mercatus Center researched that question for all the years from 1981 through 2012 and found that the…
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Government Smacks Job Seekers with One-Two Punch

Thursday October 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PDT   •   1 Comment

Finding a job in California is difficult but government makes it tougher still, according to Jobs For Californians: Strategies to Ease Occupational Licensing Barriers, a new report from the state’s Little Hoover Commission. “One out of every five Californians must receive permission from the government to work,” Commission Chair and former assemblyman Pedro Nava…
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How Politicians Keep the Public in Danger from Violent Crime

Monday October 3rd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:00am PDT   •   1 Comment

The southern part of California’s capital city of Sacramento is home to many Asian immigrants, and during the past year, according to news reports, violent criminals have been preying on innocent residents. Muggings, robberies and home invasions have victimized 300-400 Chinese immigrants and prompted some to sell their home at a loss and move…
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DOJ Slush Fund to Bail Out Obamacare?

Monday October 3rd, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:03am PDT   •   1 Comment

This summer, Americans learned that the Obama administration transferred billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars in the form of cash to Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages and Iran’s acceptance of a deal to delay its development of nuclear weapons for 10 years. Since Iran made the release of the U.S. hostages…
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