Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Bombs and Budgets


Friday April 18th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing added new confusion to the tragedy. Some politicians still blamed the FBI for not following up on tips from Russian intelligence but a government report blames the Russians for not providing sufficient information. Whatever the case, some facts remain clear. No U.S. intelligence agency, military force,...
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Government Generational Money Grab


Wednesday April 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, the IRS targets supporters of limited government, calls it “horrible customer service,” and resists inquiry. The IRS also does a poor job combatting fraud, and sends out more than $3 billion to identity thieves. The Social Security Administration has paid out more than $30 million to at least 1,546 dead...
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Federal Food Waste


Monday April 14th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:04am PDT   •   2 Comments

The federal government maintains an $11.6 billion school lunch program feeding 31 million students daily. In 2010 First Lady Michelle Obama championed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which as this report notes “imposed a dizzying array of requirements on calories, portion sizes, even the color of fruits and vegetables to be served.” The rules,...
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State Department Missing $6 Billion


Wednesday April 9th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted the federal Department of Defense wastes plenty of money and even spends on hardware that the military doesn’t need or want. Likewise, Obamacare has been incredibly wasteful but according to this report, taxpayers should also be looking at the State Department, which can’t seem to find how they spent $6...
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Government Motors Protection Racket


Monday April 7th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

General Motors knew about faulty ignition switches that could cause vehicle engines to turn off, disabling air bags with deadly results. Federal government investigators with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration knew about this problem but as this report notes the NHTSA “twice passed on investigating” the faulty switches that “led to at least...
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Boondoggles Bloat Government


Wednesday April 2nd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

California’s punitive tax structure virtually guarantees high volatility in state finances, particular during times of boom and bust in the economy. But through thick and thin some things never change. As this report notes, the state’s payroll and the size of the state workforce hold steady, and there’s always more to that story. Consider,...
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FDA Delays Burn Americans


Monday March 31st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

Summer will soon be here, and with all the fuss about global warming one would think Americans could avail themselves of the most protective sunscreens, like those used by their counterparts in Europe. They won’t be able to do that because, as this Washington Post report notes, “applications for the newer sunscreen ingredients have...
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The Federal Government: It’s a Lock


Wednesday March 26th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:27am PDT   •   1 Comment

The Obama administration promised to be the most transparent administration in U.S. history, but according to a recent report by the Associated Press, the reverse might be true. More often than ever, the administration “censored government files or outright denied access to them last year under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act, cited more...
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Government Train Wreck


Monday March 24th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:30am PDT   •   1 Comment

California governor Jerry Brown is an ardent supporter of the state’s high-speed rail project and as this report shows, he has now come up with a new reason for it. “There’s a lot of old people who shouldn’t be driving,” he recently told some union bosses in Sacramento. “They should be sitting in a...
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SOL Stimulus Anniversary


Wednesday March 19th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

The media love anniversary stories, but last month the fifth anniversary of President Obama’s stimulus package slipped by without much fanfare. Taxpayers might recall how, in 2008, spending on the order of $800 billion was urgently called for and delivered. But it failed to stimulate much economic growth. In the last three months of...
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