Archive for November, 2017

Government Abuse Not Always Sexy


Tuesday November 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:18am PST   •   0 Comments

California government in general, and the state Board of Equalization in particular, are hives of nepotism. That ought not to be the case, particularly in a state with a voter-approved law, Proposition 209, against preferences in state employment, education and contracting. Nobody does anything about favoritism and lately lawmakers have been taking it to...
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President Trump’s Tax Cuts and the National Debt


Monday November 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PST   •   0 Comments

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office issued its first estimate of how the U.S. national debt would change over the next 10 years as a result of the tax cut legislation now making its way through Congress. That estimate came in the form of a November 8, 2017 letter from CBO Director Keith Hall...
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How Medicare Could Save $3.4 Billion a Year


Friday November 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:06am PST   •   0 Comments

It’s no surprise that the U.S. federal government does lots of stupid things. Sometimes, those things are meant to save money but, surprise surprise, those things really do the opposite and drive up costs instead. A good example of this unintended effect can be found in Medicare’s Direct and Indirect Remuneration (DIR) fees on...
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Covered California Still Spreading Misery


Tuesday November 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:45am PST   •   1 Comment

During the heyday of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting kept track of how Covered California, the ACA’s wholly owned subsidiary, actually performed. As she noted, Covered California wasted millions on promotion, handed out lucrative deals to cronies, and its $454 million computer system...
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No-Bid Contracts Driving Up Government Waste


Monday November 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:53am PST   •   0 Comments

If someone wanted to stop the U.S. government from wasting so much money, a very good place to begin would be to end the power that bureaucrats have to award multi-million dollar contracts without seeking any form of competition among the businesses they will rely upon to deliver results for U.S. taxpayers. Writing in...
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Bureaucrats on a Sinking Ship


Thursday November 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:30am PST   •   0 Comments

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for a failing enterprise, when that enterprise is a government? Diana Sroka Rickert recently had that experience after she accepted a high-level position with Illinois’ state governor’s office. She would go on to leave that job after just a matter of weeks of growing...
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