Archive for January, 2017

President Trump: Day 1

Friday January 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

Inauguration Day in Washington D.C. is a day where not much happens in the U.S. government, where we can expect the real work to begin after all the pomp, circumstance, speeches, protests and parties have faded into the background noise. Since Inauguration Day 2017 is falling on a Friday, that day will come around...
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Dallas Public Employee Pension Wrecks City Credit

Thursday January 19th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last December, the mayor and city council of Dallas, Texas, acted to stop a run on the city’s pension program for police officers and fire fighters, as it became increasingly clear that the fund was rapidly becoming insolvent. Last week, the city’s elected leaders made their termination of the lump sum withdrawals that retired...
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Taxpayers Beware of Scam Cell Ad Copy

Tuesday January 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:05am PDT   •   1 Comment

For more than a decade, according to David Jensen of the California Stem Cell Report, the $3 billion California Institute for Regenerative Medicine “has given away money at a rate of $22,000 an hour, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.” Donald Kohn of UCLA got $52 million from CIRM, and his treatment...
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Gov. Brown Green-Lights More Government Greed

Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:57pm PDT   •   2 Comments

As Chriss Street of Breitbart News reports, California Governor Jerry Brown wants a 42 percent increase in the gasoline tax and seeks to hike Californians’ vehicle registration fees by 141 percent. These tax and fee increases are not to fix the state’s terrible roads, build more water storage, which the state desperately needs, or...
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Bullet Train Waste Still Railroading Taxpayers

Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:02am PDT   •   1 Comment

Before anybody else climbs aboard California’s “high-speed rail” project, they might give a listen to Ralph Vartabedian of the Los Angeles Times, who has been riding herd on this boondoggle from the start. The reporter has obtained a confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis charging that the bullet train could cost taxpayers 50 percent...
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The Next Grim Milestone for the National Debt Nears

Monday January 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:39am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last week, the U.S. Senate voted in favor of a new budget resolution, an action that was followed by the House of Representatives a day later, as it approved the same 10-year blueprint for the future budget of the federal government. The measure is highly significant in two ways. First, it clears the legislative...
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California Bureaucrats Learn It’s Not Okay to Lie in Court

Wednesday January 11th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:28pm PDT   •   0 Comments

This week, a three-judge panel of U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals laid down the law on whether government bureaucrats, in this case ones employed by Orange County, can have a free pass from having to comply with any sort of ethical standards of conduct while appearing in court as part of their official...
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Double Jeopardy Waste in Reactionary California

Tuesday January 10th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:01am PDT   •   1 Comment

California imposes some of the highest income and sales taxes in the nation, and Governor Jerry Brown’s own budget team says the state could face a budget deficit of $4 billion by the summer of 2020. Even so, the governor maintains the statist view that there is always money for everything. The Golden State...
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Change Taxpayers Can’t Believe In

Monday January 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:38am PDT   •   2 Comments

  As the Associated Press reports, on Thursday, January 5, Shiloh Heavenly Quine, 57, “became the first U.S. inmate to receive state-funded sex-reassignment surgery.” The procedure cost some $100,000, so Californians might wonder what Shiloh Heavenly Quine did to receive such an expensive procedure on the taxpayers’ dime. In February of 1980 in Los Angeles,...
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Fixing the U.S. Government’s Budget

Monday January 9th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

Over the past eight years, much of the U.S. federal government’s operations have become something of an unmitigated bureaucratic mess. Whether we’re talking about the Defense Department, the EPA, the DEA, the IRS, the VA, the Energy Department, Medicare, Medicaid, the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of the Interior, to...
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