Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Full biography and recent publications

Inside President Trump’s 2019 Budget Proposal


Monday February 19th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:19pm PST   •   0 Comments

When President Trump released his budget proposal for the U.S. government’s upcoming 2019 fiscal year last week, my first impression is that it was ugly. Having taken more time to review the proposed spending details included within it, I’d like to up the ante in describing it to “really ugly”. To see why, here’s…
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Trump’s Troubling, Truthful Budget Director


Wednesday February 14th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:28am PST   •   0 Comments

Even though he oversaw the production of President Trump’s ugly first budget proposal, there appears to be quite a lot to like about Mick Mulvaney, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and also the legitimate interim director of the constitutionally–questionable Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. Specifically, the thing to…
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An Ugly Budget Proposal


Tuesday February 13th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PST   •   1 Comment

President Trump released his first budget proposal yesterday. At first glance, it looks pretty ugly where the concept of fiscal responsibility is concerned. The following chart shows the amount of the U.S. government’s tax collections and spending that President Trump has proposed for the fiscal years of 2018 through 2023, where we’ve provided historical…
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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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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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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   •   0 Comments

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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Building California’s Stonehenge


Thursday February 1st, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:09am PST   •   0 Comments

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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A Bigger Pentagon Budget


Monday January 29th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:48am PST   •   0 Comments

If President Trump gets his way, the amount of U.S. defense spending will increase by nearly 13% above their current level in 2019. Bloomberg Quint‘s Eric Watson and Tony Capaccio report on the proposed surge in U.S. defense spending. President Donald Trump will propose $716 billion in defense spending in his fiscal 2019 budget…
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Government Spending Thousands a Day to Guard Porta-Potties


Thursday January 25th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PST   •   0 Comments

In late 2017, the city of San Diego developed a public health crisis involving an outbreak of Hepatitis A among the city’s population of homeless residents, which arose as a result of personal contact with others who were openly defecating in public areas without facilities to wash their hands. At least 20 deaths in…
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