Archive for December, 2016

The VA’s Secret Hospital Rankings

Thursday December 15th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:28am PST   •   0 Comments

Last week, USA Today‘s Donovan Slack broke the story of the secret internal ranking system that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has been using to monitor the performance of the hospitals and medical facilities that it operates across the United States. WASHINGTON—The Department of Veterans Affairs has for years assigned star ratings...
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Advanced Waste Studies at UC Davis

Monday December 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:54am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in 2011, when students were peacefully protesting steep tuition hikes, UC Davis cops pepper sprayed them. This abuse resulted in a $1 million settlement, more than half of it going to consultants, who reported to a panel headed by Cruz Reynoso, a Jerry Brown pick California voters booted off the state Supreme Court...
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The U.S. Government Avoids Another Shutdown

Monday December 12th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:54am PST   •   0 Comments

A lot of Americans would probably be very surprised to find out that the U.S. federal government was on the verge of shutting down for the second time during the last four years this past weekend, coming within an hour of doing so. Instead, the near-“crisis”, which arose because the U.S. Congress needed to...
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Always the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Ruling-Class Retreads

Monday December 12th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:36am PST   •   0 Comments

State Senator Marty Block, San Diego Democrat, decided not to seek a second term, but as the ever-vigilant Dan Walters notes in the Sacramento Bee, on December 5, just in time for the holidays, Block “got a lucrative consolation prize from Gov. Jerry Brown – a $146,609 per year appointment to the state Unemployment...
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Dallas Mayor, Pension Board Stop Run on City Pension Fund

Friday December 9th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:41am PST   •   2 Comments

This week, we’ve been focusing on how lavish pension benefits promised by the officials of local and state governments across the U.S. have combined with the extremely poor returns that those officials have realized on the pension funds they have been investing on the behalf of public employees to produce an insolvency crisis for...
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How Will Trump Tackle $125 Billion in Pentagon Waste?

Friday December 9th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:29am PST   •   2 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump finds “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, and proclaims, “we’re going to get it.” When it comes to the military, which Trump wants to rebuild, that is going to be a tough task. As Craig Whitlock and Bob Woodward note in the Washington Post, “The Pentagon has buried...
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California’s Growing Public Pension Crisis

Thursday December 8th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:15am PST   •   0 Comments

The Kersten Institute for Governance and Public Policy at Stanford University has a project that tracks the liabilities of pension funds for state government workers across the nation, where the liabilities represent the gap between the money that the pension funds hold and how much they would need in order to pay 100 percent...
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Dysfunctional HUD Is a Bust under Any Boss

Wednesday December 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:18am PST   •   0 Comments

Representative Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, charges that Ben Carson is “woefully unqualified” to lead the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and even some of Carson’s supporters cite his lack of experience. For his part, Carson believes he can make a “significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities in need” and “ensuring that our...
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Tis the Season for Tax Sticker Shock Abuse

Tuesday December 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PST   •   1 Comment

Property tax bills showed up back in October in envelopes reading: TAX BILL – OPEN IMMEDIATELY. Note the light touch, sort of like “hand over the wallet, Jack!” This year, many taxpayers will have to dig deeper in their wallet, but not because California’s county governments are providing them more and better services. The...
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California Is a Sanctuary for Bad Government

Monday December 5th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:05am PST   •   1 Comment

Sanctuary cities decline to enforce U.S. immigration laws and comply with federal customs and immigration enforcement. President-elect Donald Trump’s crusade against sanctuary cities is supposed to be a blow against criminals, but as Chriss W. Street of Breitbart shows, California could suffer serious consequences. There are some 300 sanctuary cities and counties nationwide and...
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