Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Which State Is the Worst Off Because of Debt?

Monday October 5th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:45am PDT   •   1 Comment

Last week, we considered what your share of your state’s debt is. Today, we’re going to find out which state is in the worst situation with respect to its debt! Before we go any farther, let’s consider what we mean by worst off. While having the largest debt per capita is not a good...
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What’s Your Share of Your State’s Debt?

Thursday October 1st, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:16am PDT   •   0 Comments

The following chart appeared in a Bloomberg article several weeks ago comparing the size of all-but-completely-bankrupt U.S. territory Puerto Rico with the 50 states. You might want to click on the image to see a larger one to see how your state ranks. Bloomberg explains the numbers: Puerto Rico’s debt per capita of $15,637...
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Furnishing the EPA’s Environment

Monday September 28th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:21am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has a lot of problems. For instance, the federal government department has had to tell its employees to stop defecating in its office hallways. The agency’s top expert on climate change is currently serving time in federal prison for collecting a paycheck for years without actually doing any work....
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Where Does All the Money Go Instead?

Saturday September 26th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:36am PDT   •   0 Comments

Jay Obernolte of the Los Angeles Times asked a question that nearly every California resident who has traveled in a car almost anywhere in the state at almost anytime in recent decades might also have asked: “Why are California’s roads so bad?“ Given that Californians pay about 40% more in taxes and fees than...
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The Perks of Owning U.S. Debt

Wednesday September 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

What benefit does China get for being the largest single foreign lender of money to the U.S. federal government? Well, if Time magazine’s Rana Foroohar is right, the biggest benefit may be that China gets the right to set the course for U.S. monetary policy. Foroohar writes: In important ways, China now controls U.S....
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Negative Dashboard Indicators for the U.S. National Debt

Thursday September 17th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:04am PDT   •   0 Comments

We’re always on the lookout for creative ways to describe the state of the U.S. national debt and the factors that affect it. Today’s exercise in data visualization comes to us via the Twitter feed of DonDraperClone, who has assembled several charts showing some of the biggest drivers of the U.S. government’s total public...
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The Malady of Deficits and Self-Delusion

Monday September 14th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

The Washington Times reports on a dubious achievement by the U.S. government: In the first 11 months of fiscal year 2015, the amount of taxes collected by the federal government outpaced the first 11 months of all previous fiscal years, even after adjusting for inflation. The 2015 fiscal year begins Oct. 1, 2014, and...
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Fighting Bureaucracy with Incompetence

Thursday September 10th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:18am PDT   •   1 Comment

Say what you will about government bureaucrats, but when the full power of their incompetence is released, it is a sight to behold. We mean that in a good way this time, because for once, that incompetence might work to the advantage and benefit of regular Americans! Let’s start at the beginning. Earlier this...
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Unfunded Liabilities for Public Employee Retirements

Monday September 7th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:04am PDT   •   1 Comment

People who work for the federal, state, or local governments in the United States are really well compensated compared to their peers in the private sector. That’s not so much because of the take-home pay, which is often in the same ballpark as what people with similar education and training earn in similar occupations...
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Surviving War, but Not the VA’s Rationing of Health Care

Friday September 4th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:24am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back in April 2014, we described the newly unfolding tragedy of fraudulent waiting lists at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical facilities as a rationing scheme – one that was operated by knowing individuals within the VA for the purpose of enriching themselves: The VA has been wracked in recent weeks by reports of...
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