Archive for March, 2017

Getting Skinny


Thursday March 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PST   •   1 Comment

Before he became president, Donald Trump perhaps made his biggest impression on Americans in his role on the reality TV game show The Apprentice. Today, with the release of the president’s so-called “skinny” budget, he looks to be in the starring role for a government-version of The Biggest Loser. Reuters reports on President Trump’s...
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VA Loses Lawsuit for Denying Timely Health Care


Wednesday March 15th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PST   •   0 Comments

On Monday, March 6, 2017, a federal judge awarded $2.5 million to a military veteran who was denied timely medical care at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Republic‘s Jacques Billeaud reports on the results of the civil trial in federal court. A judge on Monday awarded $2.5 million...
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Proposed Teacher Tax Exemption Is Separate and Unequal


Tuesday March 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:54am PST   •   0 Comments

Californians pay the highest state personal income taxes in the nation, but if state Senators Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) and Henry Stern (D-Canoga Park) have their way, teachers will be off the hook. Galgiani and Stern’s Senate Bill 807 would provide teachers with tax credits for college tuition, certification expenses and other costs. If they...
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State Victim Compensation Bureaucracy Victimizes Taxpayers


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:15am PST   •   1 Comment

“Haven’t Crime Victims Paid Enough?” runs the headline on a color half-page newspaper ad from the California Victim Compensation Board. A terrified woman appears to be agreeing with the headline. The ad explains that “financial resources are available,” and “We cover: mental health treatment, medical expenses, funeral and burial, income loss, relocation expenses.” No...
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The Debt Ceiling and the Skinny Budget


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PST   •   2 Comments

For the U.S. national debt, the date of March 16, 2017, marks the day when the statutory debt ceiling, which limits how much money the U.S. government can borrow, will go back into effect for the first time since it was suspended back on November 2, 2015, as part of former President Obama’s last...
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Are Tax Breaks the Same as New Spending?


Friday March 10th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:03pm PST   •   0 Comments

The elimination of taxes on feminine hygiene products is a global movement, but California governor Jerry Brown has been a staunch opponent of the tax cut. Last September he vetoed seven bills that would have cut taxes, and in his veto message he said “tax breaks are the same as new spending – they...
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Big Government’s Off-the-Books Bureaucrats


Friday March 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:01am PST   •   0 Comments

George Will has an interesting column about how the number of people employed by government at all levels has grown since 1960. Here are the leading paragraphs: In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel...
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Bay Area Transit Bosses Plan Rough Ride for Taxpayers


Monday March 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:52pm PST   •   0 Comments

Residents and visitors alike know that getting around the Bay Area is not exactly a walk in the park. A $2.4 billion Transbay Transit Center is slated to open in December, but as San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross note, this highly touted “Grand Central Station of the West,” will wind up...
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Federal Cuts to the Arts No Big Deal


Monday March 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PST   •   0 Comments

The day before his inauguration, The Hill

Lessons from the North Hollywood Shootout


Friday March 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

February 28 marked 20 years since bank robbers Larry Phillips and Emil Matasareanu engaged in a full-blown firefight with police outside the Bank of America on Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood. Both deployed fully automatic rifles illegal to possess at the time. They sprayed anything that moved, firing even at television news helicopters....
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