Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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World Water Day is a Waste

Thursday March 22nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

March 22 is World Water Day but that may have escaped notice, particularly in flooded areas of the central United States. So what is this day about? According to the official site, it is about “exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.” As some readers may have noted,…
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Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train BS

Tuesday March 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:14pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted the estimated cost to build California’s bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles has doubled to $77.3 billion and could almost triple to $98.1 billion. Governor Jerry Brown is now on record what he thinks of it. “This is bullshit,” he told reporters in Sacramento on March 19. “I’m so…
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White-Coat Gun Grabbers Want More Money

Thursday March 15th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Our country is infuriated by the lack of action taken by Congress to combat the gun violence epidemic in America,” says Sen. Martin Heinrich, New Mexico Democrat, who is calling for “repeal of the Dickey Amendment,” a 1996 measure that restricted the federal Centers for Disease Control from spending public funds to research what…
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Bullet Train Rolls On to $98.1 Billion Overall Cost Estimate

Tuesday March 13th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:45am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we noted in January, costs for Jerry Brown’s vaunted high-speed rail project jumped by $2.8 billion to $10.6 billion, just for the stretch from Madera to Bakersfield. “It’s horrifying when you look at the amount of money we’re going to have to reinvest to make this program work,” exclaimed bullet-train board member Ernest…
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57 Ways to Love a Killer

Thursday March 8th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

Proposition 57, California’s 2016 Public Safety and Rehabilitation Act championed by governor Jerry Brown, expanded parole possibilities for nonviolent offenders and barred prosecutors from directly filing juvenile cases in adult court. This measure was supposed to reduce the prison population and save taxpayers money. Instead it burns up more taxpayer dollars and gives some…
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Will White-Coat Waste Live On?

Friday March 2nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, created by Proposition 71 in 2004, promised life-saving cures for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other diseases. The $3 billion state stem-cell agency also assured voters that royalties from these cures and therapies would generate more than $1 billion. As David Jensen of the California Stem Cell Report notes, no…
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The Gropes of Wrath

Tuesday February 27th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

California assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, a high-profile player with the #MeToo movement, is now facing allegations of sexual misconduct conduct. Two men charge that Garcia groped them, in one case after making an explicit sexual proposition. Another says he was fired after declining to play “spin the bottle” with Garcia. She has taken unpaid leave…
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Government Junkie Economics

Wednesday February 21st, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:09pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California assemblyman Ian Calderon has proposed a bill that would make it illegal for restaurant staff to give customers a plastic straw unless they ask for one. Unrequested straws would draw a fine of $1,000 or even jail time. For all his zeal, the assemblyman seems to have ignored the tons…
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Fatal Bureaucratic Indifference

Wednesday February 21st, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:56am PDT   •   0 Comments

After the recent mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, FBI special agent Robert Lasky, head of the bureau’s Miami division, said he “truly regrets” the pain caused by the FBI’s failure to act on a tip about the shooter. The FBI supposedly had no way to trace the tip, then FBI…
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Tax System Remains Punitive

Friday February 16th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:28am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, the Republicans’ tax bill lowers the corporate rate from 35 to 21 percent and according to the New York Times it will cut taxes for about 75 percent of filers in 2018. That is good news for taxpayers, who would do well to consider realities that have not changed, such as…
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