Archive for July, 2017

Quotas Crash the Lobby


Tuesday July 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:58am PST   •   0 Comments

Lobbyists seldom get much sympathy from taxpayers, but that could soon change. According to a report by Taryn Luna of the Sacramento Bee, the Asian Pacific Islander, Black, Jewish, Latino, LGBT and Women’s caucuses in the California legislature “are asking lobbying firms to provide them with demographic data – including race, ethnicity, gender and...
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Illinois Now Has a Budget, and a Huge Backlog of Bills to Pay


Monday July 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:15am PST   •   0 Comments

After going over two years without any kind of fiscal plan, Illinois’ state government now has a budget after the state’s legislature overrode a veto by the state’s governor to impose large tax increases on the incomes of the state’s residents and corporations. Unfortunately, Illinois’ legislature made no effort to address the state’s biggest...
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GovWasteBloviator.Con


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:17pm PST   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, California’s Legislative Analyst learned that 3,500 Caltrans engineers were doing little more than sitting at their desks and sought to eliminate those positions. Caltrans bosses cried foul and so did Bruce Blanning, executive director of Professional Engineers in California Government. As the union boss told reporters the Legislative Analyst was “childish,”...
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The U.S. Department of Education’s $1 Trillion Debt Milestone


Thursday July 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:02am PST   •   1 Comment

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Department of Education has now cumulatively borrowed over one trillion dollars from the public for the purpose of funding its Federal Direct Student Loan program since January 2009. Political Calculations’ charted the history of the Education Department’s borrowing to support its student loan business. Between January...
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Government Phones In Fraud and Waste


Wednesday July 5th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:23am PST   •   0 Comments

As the Washington Times reports, the “Obamaphone” program, a federal government welfare gambit officially known as the “Lifeline Program,” was a massive fraud. Of the 10.6 million people with Obamaphones, a full 36 percent had dubious qualifications for the handout. Some 5,500 people had two Obamaphones and the program gave 6,400 Obamaphones to people...
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The Assets and Liabilities of the U.S. Government


Monday July 3rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:56am PST   •   1 Comment

As we’re in the midst of celebrating the founding of the United States on for many is a long holiday weekend, it might also be a good time to consider the state of the federal government’s fiscal ledger on the eve of this year’s Independence Day. In January 2017, the outgoing Secretary of the...
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