Archive for February, 2017

Pension Retro-Ripoff

Monday February 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:57am PDT   •   0 Comments

  Back in 1999, under governor Gray Davis, the State of California boosted pensions and allowed most government employees to retire at the age of 55. This led to a surge of unfunded liabilities, and even Jerry Brown pushed for minor reforms. State employees hired after January 1, 2013, would have to work to...
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The Cost of Building a Border Wall

Monday February 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

During the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump called for the construction of a wall along the 1,954 mile border with Mexico for the purpose of minimizing “the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns, and people across our border.” During his first week in office, one of President Trump’s first executive actions was to...
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What President Trump Should Know about California’s Bullet Train

Friday February 10th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

In his State of the State address, California governor Jerry Brown went off on President Trump with unusual fury, but he also extended an olive branch of sorts. California has “roads, tunnels and railroads” that the president “could help us with,” Brown said, and that will “create good-paying American jobs.” Before he gets on...
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Federal Funds and Sanctuary Cities

Thursday February 9th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

On January 25, 2017, President Trump followed up on his campaign promises to fight illegal immigration and issued an executive order that threatens to stop federal funds from being spent in the 300 U.S. jurisdictions that have established official policies that bar their local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration law enforcement...
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Taxpayers Beware of Stem Cell Head Fake

Tuesday February 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:17am PDT   •   3 Comments

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is in the news again, but this time it’s not slick ad copy masquerading as journalism, with the goal of shaking down taxpayers for more money. This time its Joe Rodota, former cabinet secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson, and Bernard Munos of the Innothink Center for Research...
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The Statist Dynamic Rolls On

Monday February 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

  Before the 2016 election, Republicans were telling anybody who will listen that they would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After the election, with control of the House, Senate and White House, the Republicans want to “fix” and “repair,” the ACA. This betrays a familiar dynamic of the...
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The Federal Government’s Big Bet on Student Loans Goes Bad

Monday February 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

With the flurry of executive actions that President Trump has taken since coming into office on January 20, 2016 that has dominated the nation’s news coverage, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the deteriorating condition of the U.S. government’s student loan portfolio under President Obama’s administration, which became news in the days just...
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Accountability Begins to Arrive at the VA

Thursday February 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:40am PDT   •   0 Comments

After years of absence, some semblance of accountability may have finally begun to return to the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs with the reported firings of two of the VA’s most ethically challenged employees. Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation reports on the Inauguration Day firing of the VA’s most notorious bureaucrats....
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