Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Social Security Reform Needs More than De-Nazification


Wednesday December 17th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:46am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, the U.S Social Security system has been sending millions of taxpayer dollars to former Nazis, including death-camp guards and members of the SS. Congress has responded with the No Social Security for Nazis Act. The Social Security Administration has also dished out some $30 million to at least 1,546 dead people,...
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A Hit Show for Waste, Fraud, and Abuse


Monday December 15th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:46am PST   •   0 Comments

Seldom does government waste, fraud, and abuse emerge in the kind of three-legged race Americans recently witnessed on C-SPAN as Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber teamed with Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services boss Marilyn Tavenner to enlighten congressional watchdogs on the subtleties of Obamacare. In riveting testimony, Gruber confirmed that Obamacare was sold on...
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EterniTax.Con


Wednesday December 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:53am PST   •   0 Comments

Some taxpayers remain unaware that government-employee unions run the state of California, but the evidence is not hard to find. Sure enough, Joshua Pechthalt, president of the California Federation of Teachers, fired the first salvo to make a temporary tax hike permanent. “Proposition 30 is the best thing to happen to public education and...
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Covered California’s Berlin Wall


Monday December 8th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:47am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, Covered California is the Golden State’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare and similarly dysfunctional, insecure, and wasteful. Even so, some people managed to sign up, the largest group ages 55 to 64. Now, according to Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting, many are finding it impossible to leave....
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The American Stasi Mounts a Surge


Wednesday December 3rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:58am PST   •   0 Comments

This column has provided much evidence that government has institutionalized waste, fraud and abuse. None is more chilling than what former CBS television journalist Sharyl Attkisson describes in her new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington. Unlike most of what emerges from the...
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Government Gasbag Punishes the Working Poor


Monday December 1st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:57am PST   •   0 Comments

Gasoline prices are running at their lowest level in years, a great boost for embattled consumers with the holiday season approaching. Unfortunately, the ruling class isn’t about to let that continue. The ruling class operates on the superstition that the world is getting hotter, that this is entirely due to human activity, and that...
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Pillage People Hold Lifetime Contract


Wednesday November 26th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:40am PST   •   0 Comments

It may not be baseball season, but outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has signed a 13-year contract for $325 million, reportedly the richest deal in the history of sports, at least in North America. That contract reflects the willingness of baseball fans to plunk down their money to see Stanton play. But...
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Government Regulatory Surge Will Neuter Internet


Monday November 24th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:58am PST   •   0 Comments

The Internet is a flywheel of innovation, changing virtually every aspect of life in the nation, from commerce through entertainment and certainly journalism. The Internet was not invented by Al Gore, vice-president of the United States under Bill Clinton. But now president Barack Obama, in the wake of a mid-term election defeat, wants to...
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Government Wings It on Waste


Wednesday November 19th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:10am PST   •   0 Comments

At the end of our recent piece on the Great Crane Giveaway, we observed that “when it comes to big government and bureaucracy, things are always worse than they seem.” As it turns out, the crane giveaway wasn’t the end of it, as San Francisco Chronicle columnists Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross point out....
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Government Scam Cell Anniversary


Monday November 17th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:48am PST   •   0 Comments

California’s $3 billion Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, Proposition 71, promised life-saving cures and therapies for a host of afflictions. In 2004 voters approved the measure, which created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Ten years later, David Jensen of the California Stem Cell Report shows how that is working out for...
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