Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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FBI is not FYI


Friday December 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:02am PST   •   0 Comments

Elected representatives of the people have been investigating unlawful surveillance of American citizens through the FISA court. When representatives posed questions to FBI boss Christopher Wray he told them, “I’m not prepared to discuss what happened in the court,” though he obviously knew the answer. Instead of answering questions, Wray offered boilerplate praise for...
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GovCEQAstudy.Con


Tuesday December 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

As California politicians complain about the lack of affordable housing, a new state study claims the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), as a Los Angeles Times report put it, “doesn’t block development from actually happening.” A working family looking for affordable housing in California should have more than a reasonable doubt. The claim that...
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Jerry Brown Claims California Wildfires Are “The New Normal.”


Monday December 11th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:56am PST   •   0 Comments

As fires rage in southern California, driving nearly 90,000 people from their homes, recurring governor Jerry Brown explains that that because of climate change such fires could be “the new normal” and “this could be something that happens every year or every few years.” As usual, the governor ignores a key back story. The...
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Investigation of Sexual Harassment in California Legislature Is Just for Show


Wednesday December 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PST   •   0 Comments

Besides Hollywood (Harvey Weinstein), Congress (Al Franken), and the media (Matt Lauer), to name only a few, it turns out that sexual abuse has been thriving in the California legislature. Capitol staffer Elise Flynn Gyore charged that assemblyman Raul Bocanegra groped her at a public event in 2009. Faced with this and other accusations,...
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GovHousingHelp.Con


Tuesday December 5th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:35am PST   •   0 Comments

In housing, California has been in the throes of what Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf, calls an “affordability crisis.” This year governor Jerry Brown signed a batch of bills designed to end the crisis and, as Assemblyman Richard Bloom put it, “make housing affordable again.” Those currently priced out of the market might recall past...
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California Still Trashing Workers’ Rights


Tuesday November 28th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:44am PST   •   0 Comments

The California Supreme Court has ruled that the state can impose a contract on employers, in the style of Don Corleone, a deal they can’t refuse. News stories hailed the unanimous ruling as a victory for “farmworkers” but it isn’t. The case deals with Gerawan Farming, a fruit grower in Fresno and Madera counties....
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Will Congress Preserve the Costly CFPB Swamp?


Monday November 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:49am PST   •   0 Comments

President Trump has tapped Mick Mulvaney head of the Office of Management and Budget, to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a bad sign for a number of reasons. As we noted back in 2012 in Financial Crisis and Leviathan, the CFPB was created during the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, not...
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A Manson Meditation


Tuesday November 21st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:00am PST   •   0 Comments

Charles Manson has died of natural causes at the age of 83, and those unfamiliar with the fellow should read Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders, by Vincent Bugliosi. In Los Angeles in 1969, Manson plotted a series of savage killings that were not entirely random. By having his followers scrawl...
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U.S. Postal Service Extends Losing Streak to Eleven Years


Wednesday November 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:46pm PST   •   0 Comments

The United States Postal Service is reporting losses of $2.7 billion for the past fiscal year, USA Today reports, less than the $5.6 billion from the previous year but still the eleventh straight year the USPS has been a loser for taxpayers. Increases in package delivery failed to offset the drop in regular mail,...
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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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