Archive for October, 2017

From the White House on down, the National Football League is getting a bad rap over anthem antics by some players. That is a shame, because the league, the game, and the players can teach valuable lessons, particularly for those in government. If your daddy was governor of California, like Jerry Brown’s, or President...
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Despite Tea Party Settlement, IRS Remains Unaccountable


Tuesday October 31st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:09am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in 2012, Americans who sought smaller government, and believed that they were taxed enough already, geared up for the election. Trouble was, the Internal Revenue Service targeted them for harassment on the basis of their political beliefs. Last week, the Trump administration agreed to pay $3.5 million to the so-called tea party groups,...
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EPA to End Corrupt, Costly Sue-and-Settle Practice


Monday October 30th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:49am PST   •   0 Comments

During the last two presidential administrations, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) bureaucrats seeking to increase their regulatory power would often engage in secret collusion with political activists to either deliberately throw court cases where the EPA was being sued or to settle them without contest to achieve that end. Michael Bastasch of the Daily Caller...
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Who Lent $20 Trillion to the U.S. Government?


Friday October 27th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:23am PST   •   0 Comments

Political Calculations tallies up the most recent accounting of the amount of money that the U.S. government owes to its major creditors: The U.S. government’s 2017 fiscal year officially ended on 30 September 2017. From the end of its 2016 fiscal year (FY2016) a year earlier, the total public debt outstanding of the U.S....
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Time to Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Thursday October 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:25am PST   •   0 Comments

Corey Lewandowski, an outside advisor to Donald Trump, wants the president to fire federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau boss Richard Cordray. Lewandowski doesn’t like CFBP rules that make it easier to sue finance companies, but firing Cordray will not be easy. He can only be fired for cause, and that entails a burden of...
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Bullet Train Tunnels a Deeper Hole for Taxpayers


Tuesday October 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:31am PST   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, as we noted, California’s high-speed rail project was facing 36 miles of tunnels through the mountains north of Los Angeles, a tectonically complex area abounding in earthquake faults. As independent experts observed, these tunnels would have been the most ambitious tunneling project in U.S. history, with 90% odds of massive cost...
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Over-Arming the Bureaucracy


Monday October 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:10am PST   •   0 Comments

In 2015, the nonpartisan government spending transparency advocate OpenTheBooks began tracking the U.S. government’s purchases of firearms and ammunition down to the department and agency level, where one of the most surprising things they uncovered back then was that civilian government agencies that you would never think would have a legitimate need for semiautomatic...
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Will Supreme Court End Confiscation Con?


Friday October 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:10am PST   •   0 Comments

While Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, developments in California may clarify the issues involved. The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, a government employee union with more than 6,000 members, will levy a monthly charge of $6.50 to fund political activities. Union...
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Veterans Flee VA’s Failing Socialized Health Care


Thursday October 19th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:23am PST   •   0 Comments

It may come as a surprise to many Americans, but the U.S. government operates at least two fully socialized health care systems, for which it both pays the cost of health care and also directly provides it: the Veterans Health Administration for military veterans and the Indian Health Service for Native Americans. Both can...
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Down with the Czars!


Wednesday October 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:24am PST   •   0 Comments

Rep. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name for consideration as President Trump’s drug czar. By some accounts, Marino backed legislation that restricted enforcement of opioid laws. Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, who called for Marino’s withdrawal, said “we need a drug czar who has seen the devastating effects of the problem.”...
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