Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Bay Bridge Escapes Criminal Investigation


Wednesday October 29th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:26am PDT   •   0 Comments

We have been following the story of the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in ten years late, $5 billion over budget, and with lingering safety concerns. As we noted, UC Berkeley structural engineering professor Abolhassan Astaneh-Asi believes the bridge is unsafe and declines to use it. Governor Jerry...
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Social Security for Nazis


Monday October 27th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

David Rising, Randy Herchaft, and Richard Lardner of the Associated Press have discovered that a small group of ex-Nazis, including death-camp guards and SS soldiers, are drawing America Social Security payments to the tune of more than $1.5 million. According to the AP, the U.S. government allowed the suspected war criminals to continue collecting...
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Ruling Class Rail Rolls On


Wednesday October 22nd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

Opponents of California’s so-called “bullet train” went to court contending that the funding plan for $68 billion high-speed rail project violated the ballot measure voters approved in 2008. A Sacramento court agreed, but the Third District Court of Appeal overturned the ruling. Now, as the Sacramento Bee recently reported, the California Supreme Court let...
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California Covered in Cronyism


Monday October 20th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:31am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, Covered California, the Golden State’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, is massively dysfunctional and wasted $1.3 million on an absurd promotional video featuring flabby exercise guru Richard Simmons. The California health exchange also stonewalls consumers and serves as a lucrative landing spot for washed-up government officials such as former state...
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Parcel Tax Rip-off


Thursday October 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

TAX BILL: OPEN IMMEDIATELY. Thus reads the envelope of the property tax bills now showing up in mailboxes. Note the imperative mood, the tone of “let’s hand over the wallet, Jack.” While embattled taxpayers deal with this bill, Robert Gutierrez of the California Taxpayers Association offers a few points to ponder. “Californians are paying...
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Secret Service Blames Bureaucracy


Tuesday October 14th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we recently noted, the vaunted United States Secret Service has been maintaining something of an open-door policy at the White House, residence of the President of the United Sates, by some accounts the most powerful person in the world. In September, an armed man walked right in and got a lot farther than...
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Costing Out the Royal Presidency


Tuesday October 7th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:18pm PDT   •   0 Comments

By now Americans know that the Obama administration is not, as it claimed, the most transparent in history. Ongoing scandals such as Fast and Furious, IRS targeting, Obamacare, Benghazi, and NSA snooping explode that ludicrous notion. On the other hand, as author Robert Keith Gray explains in the Daily Caller, the Obama administration is...
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The Secret Is Out on Incompetent, Arrogant “Service”


Friday October 3rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:16pm PDT   •   1 Comment

Recent hearings on the Secret Service by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee proved entertaining and educational. For example, in 2011 someone had fired shots at the White House but Secret Service bosses wrote this off as a car backfiring, rather unlikely since all cars now have fuel injection. And even with carburetors,...
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How Ruling Class Railroads Taxpayers


Tuesday September 30th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:14am PDT   •   1 Comment

A high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco could have been built privately. That remarkable admission comes from none other than Jeff Morales, CEO of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, in an interview with Allen Young of the Sacramento Business Journal. The article, titled “Why Does California’s High-Speed Rail Need Public Money?”,...
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Government Power of “No” Still Trumps Taxpayers’ Right to Know


Friday September 26th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:55pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, governments indulge their own form of insider trading through cronyism and nepotism. In California’s capital, that was on display with longtime Senate human-resources boss Dina Hidalgo. Her practice was not to give jobs to those most qualified. Rather, she gave jobs to her own son, Gerardo Lopez, other family members, and...
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