Archive for February, 2018

The End of the Tea Party


Monday February 12th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PST   •   0 Comments

The 20th government shutdown since the passage of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 started and ended early in the morning of Friday, February 9, 2018, when, following a filibuster publicity stunt in the House of Representatives by minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a more principled filibuster by Senator Rand Paul...
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Rocket Tax Reveals California’s Tunnel Vision


Thursday February 8th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:41pm PST   •   0 Comments

This week Elon Musk launched his Falcon Heavy skyward, with a Tesla roadster along for the ride. A power pack of 27 Merlin engines boosted the takeoff with five million pounds of thrust, the most by a conventional rocket since the Saturn V moon mission. As USA Today reported, “within a half-hour of the...
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California Bureaucrats vs Government Services for Residents


Thursday February 8th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:54am PST   •   0 Comments

If the claims of the League of California Cities is any indication, government officials at the county and local level will increasingly have to choose between providing services to the residents of their communities, or really generous pensions to the retired and retiring employees of their governments. Adam Aston of the Sacramento Bee describes...
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Fe Fi Foe FISA


Wednesday February 7th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:22pm PST   •   0 Comments

Last month president Trump signed the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017, extending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act until December 31, 2023. The law “allows the Intelligence Community, under a robust regime of oversight by all three branches of Government, to collect critical intelligence on international terrorists, weapons proliferators, and other important foreign intelligence...
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The Return of Trillion Dollar Deficits


Monday February 5th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:35am PST   •   0 Comments

It was only ever a matter of time, but trillion dollar deficits are once again on the radar for the U.S. government. Susan Cornwell of Reuters has the news: As the U.S. Congress limps toward the likely passage next week of another stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown, a Washington think tank...
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A Super Bowl Stadium Scam


Sunday February 4th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:33pm PST   •   1 Comment

Super Bowl 52, or rather, Super Bowl LII, to follow the numbering convention that the National Football League has chosen to distinguish all of its championship games but the 50th one from each other, featured the Philadelphia Eagles defeating the New England Patriots at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Now that it’s...
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Government Finally Violates No-Fire Zone


Friday February 2nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:04am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, EPA “policy advisor” John Beale told his bosses he really worked for the CIA and shirked his duties for a decade. During this time, EPA bosses never fired Mr. Beale but they did pay him generous retention bonuses. EPA boss Gina McCarthy presided over the massive toxic spill on Colorado’s Animas...
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Building California’s Stonehenge


Thursday February 1st, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:09am PST   •   1 Comment

The ongoing saga of cost overruns, waste and bureaucratic mismanagement related to the building of California’s bullet train project/boondoggle has provided a continuous stream of source material for us here at MyGovCost for many years. But in terms of describing the likely legacy of California’s high speed rail, both Lloyd Billingsley and I would...
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