Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Labor Day Recalls Ruling Class Rip-offs


Monday September 1st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

The federal holiday of Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is supposed to be a tribute to American workers. While enjoying a day off, if they get one—government employees do—those workers might use the occasion to recall some other realities, including a longstanding government rip-off. As we noted in July, for 71 years...
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Federal Clunker Program Cost Lots of Cash


Wednesday August 27th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

“The 2009 federal Cash for Clunkers program is often hailed as a success because it jump-started new-vehicle sales,” notes Kathleen Pender at sfgate.com, “but a new study says it actually cost car dealers $3 billion in lost revenue because its fuel-efficiency requirement caused people to buy cheaper cars than they would have otherwise.” The new...
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CalPERS Spikes the Cost of Government


Monday August 25th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

“More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking,” noted Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee, “the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.” That pension fund, CalPERS, went on to adopt the new...
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USPS Springs Back with More Losses


Wednesday August 20th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

In January, the United States Postal Service hiked the price of stamps and its package shipping increased, but as Reuters reports, “The U.S. Postal Service continued to bleed money during its second quarter.” From April to June, the USPS lost $2 billion, compared with $1.9 billion in the first quarter and $740 million in...
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Just Say No to Government Sexual Intrusion


Monday August 18th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:34am PDT   •   0 Comments

If taxpayers have any doubt that government is becoming ever more intrusive, they might check out how California is attempting to redefine consensual sex. This legislative attempt is based on the notion that there is some part of the word “No!” that college students, allegedly the best and brightest, fail to understand. Driving the...
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Cap and Raid


Wednesday August 13th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:27am PDT   •   0 Comments

The ruling class likes to portray its predations as targeting the rich, the one percent, and those at the top. In reality, the Pillage People target everybody, particularly working people. For example, in January, government regulations will cause California’s already high gasoline prices to jump 13 to 20 cents a gallon. This is the...
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Laying Track for More Spending


Monday August 11th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

We have been tracking the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in 10 years late and $5 billion over budget but still bristled with safety concerns. Those worries were serious enough to prompt state senator Mark DeSaulnier to hold hearings and threaten a criminal investigation. Calls for a criminal investigation...
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Border Crisis and Leviathan


Wednesday August 6th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:04am PDT   •   0 Comments

As Robert Higgs demonstrated in Crisis and Leviathan, the state exploits crises to expand its power. The current situation on the U.S.-Mexico border represents an escalation in that government manufactured the crisis. Young Hondurans, Guatemalans, and Salvadorans are coming because they believe they will get in the country and receive amnesty, based on clear...
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Will Criminal Investigation Make It Across the Bay Bridge?


Monday August 4th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PDT   •   0 Comments

The new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has already rung up $5 billion in cost overruns. The span also came in 10 years late and could well pose a danger to the public. As we recently noted, UC Berkeley structural engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asi believes the structure is unsafe and declines...
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IRS-FEC Axis Abuses Taxpayers


Wednesday July 30th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

With all the excitement in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Central America, a key domestic development has failed to draw the attention it deserves. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) has joined the IRS in a cover-up of illegal activity. As the Daily Caller notes, when former IRS official Lois Lerner worked at the FEC’s...
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