Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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New Ruling Routs Government Raisin Ransacking


Friday December 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:21pm PST   •   0 Comments

The United States government has deployed central planning through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Authorized by Congress during the New Deal, the Act set up cooperative boards and conscripted growers into reserve set-asides. As we noted, in recent years the government targeted raisins in California. In 2003, Fresno raisin...
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Can Trump Trim Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Federal Government?


Monday November 28th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:11am PST   •   0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump finds “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government,” and proclaims “we’re going to get it.” That will be a tough task because, as one recent case confirms, waste, fraud and abuse are inherent in the system. When he applied for a job with the EPA in 1989, John Beale...
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Diversity Dogma Dovetails with Waste, Corruption, Nepotism


Tuesday November 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:57am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. economy may be sluggish, but as we noted, bureaucracy is booming. University of California bosses cry out for more taxpayer cash even as they bulk up on “diversity” bureaucrats. Universities nationwide are now cranking out administrators to fill these useless posts, but diversity bloat is hardly confined to education. For example, new...
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Bullet Train BS


Wednesday November 16th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:00pm PST   •   0 Comments

Politicians pitched it as a magic carpet that would speed riders from Los Angeles to San Francisco in record time, with complete safety and total comfort. According to promoters California’s high-speed rail project, also known as the bullet train, would also clear up the state’s crowded highways and of course protect the environment and...
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Bureaucratic Bloat Surges Nationwide


Monday November 14th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:33am PST   •   0 Comments

November 5 marked 20 years since Californians rejected race, ethnic and gender preferences through Proposition 209. As we noted, a major purveyor of state-sponsored discrimination was the University of California, which during tough financial times has been bulking up on vice-chancellors for equity, diversity and inclusion and such. As Stephanie Keaveney of the John...
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How Covered California Abuses Pregnant Women


Tuesday November 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:35am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting did a fine job outlining how Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, was responsible for “countless glitches and widespread consumer misery.” The $454 million Covered California computer system, for example, proved dysfunctional and insecure. Covered California bosses blamed it for canceling...
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Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno Shook the Safeguards of Liberty


Tuesday November 8th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:37am PST   •   0 Comments

Janet Reno, Attorney General during the Clinton Administration, has passed away at 78. California Insurance Commissioner David Jones recalls Reno as “an extraordinary public servant” who was “incredibly accessible to the public.” According to Commissioner Jones, Janet Reno called attorneys “to make sure she was getting all the facts” and her guiding principle was...
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CorruptCalifornia.Con


Monday November 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:15am PST   •   0 Comments

“There is no native criminal class except Congress,” said Mark Twain. A look at California might change his mind. As Taryn Luna notes in the Sacramento Bee, the state political ethics watchdog wants a $57,000 fine against state Senator Tony Mendoza, who allegedly “broke campaign-finance laws to keep money out of the hands of...
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Obamacare Misery Mounts a Surge


Tuesday November 1st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:44am PST   •   1 Comment

Claudia Buck of the Sacramento Bee attempts to explain “Why Covered California’s rate hikes are lower than the rest of the U.S.” The rate increases for California’s Obamacare division have gone up double digits for the first time, 13.2 percent compared to the national average of 25 percent. Covered California boss Peter Lee expects...
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Diversity Industry Waste


Monday October 31st, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:46am PST   •   1 Comment

As David Frum notes in The Atlantic, over the past 18 months 90 percent of American colleges and universities have hired “chief diversity officers,” part of an “already thriving industry” long apparent in California. As Heather MacDonald observed, though facing state and federal funding cuts in 2012, the University of California San Diego hired...
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