Archive for April, 2017

Reject UN-Healthy Intervention


Friday April 28th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

Dainius Puras is professor of child psychiatry at Vilnius University in Lithuania, a Distinguished Visitor with the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, and a “Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health,” with the United Nations. In that capacity,...
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Trump Tax Plan Ignores Basic Injustice


Thursday April 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:43am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Trump’s new tax plan will cut seven tax brackets down to three, with rates of 10, 25 and 35 percent. The Trump plan also drops the top rate of taxation from 39.6 to 35 percent. The corporate income tax rate falls from 35 to 15 percent, and the estate tax is eliminated. Those...
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University of California’s Secret Slush Funds


Thursday April 27th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

University of California President Janet Napolitano, the former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and also the former governor of the state of Arizona, appears to have been caught by California state auditors with her hand in the proverbial public tax dollar cookie jar. Writing at Coyote Blog, Warren Meyer, who runs...
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University of California’s Hidden Money Trick


Wednesday April 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:08am PDT   •   3 Comments

When we last checked in with the University of California they were spending $504 million, more than half a billion dollars, on a computer system that was supposed to cost $156 million. The UCPath project costs taxpayers three times as much as announced, and remains four years behind schedule. UC president Janet Napolitano also...
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Cal State University System Bloats Up Bureaucracy


Monday April 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

  As we recently noted, the University of California is spending $504 million on UCPath, a computer payroll system that was supposed to cost $156 million. UC bosses have spent $327 million on UCPath, but it remains four years behind schedule. That’s quite a performance by a university system that regards itself as the...
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The Arch of U.S. Government Spending


Monday April 24th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

One of the great difficulties of trying to describe the sheer amount of money that the U.S. government processes each year is that the numbers are so large that they lose all sense of human proportions. The Manhattan Institute’s Brian Riedl took on the challenge for the amount of money that the U.S. government...
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UC Computer Caper Triples Costs for Taxpayers


Thursday April 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:22am PDT   •   4 Comments

In recent years the University of California has been hiking tuition, and when students at UC Davis held a peaceful protest, campus police pepper sprayed them. The ensuing $1 million settlement was mostly waste, with attorneys and consultants cashing in on every hand. In response to funding cuts, the bloated UC bureaucracy began to...
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An Opportunity to Eliminate Unnecessary Federal Agencies


Thursday April 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

The new White House director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Mick Mulvaney, is looking for help to create a list of federal government agencies that can be either eliminated or have their budgets greatly reduced because they do things that have become unnecessary. Whether it’s because the agencies have obsolete missions...
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Is Donald Trump the New Swamp Fox?


Tuesday April 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:24am PDT   •   1 Comment

As a candidate, Donald Trump contended, “there’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, an easily verified reality. As we noted, a recent internal study exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations, where the purchasing bureaucracy alone counted 207,000 full-time workers. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed “policy advisor” John...
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GovPayPal.Con


Monday April 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:39am PDT   •   0 Comments

California government employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) will soon be getting “bonus checks” of $2,500. It remains unclear what this “bonus” is for, but it is not tied to any performance measure such as greater efficiency or accountability. The office of California’s state controller, which sends out the checks, had...
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