Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Cronyism Rolls On in the Golden State


Monday February 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:26am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California has made it difficult for veterans to apply their medical skills in civilian life. Like many others, these veterans must contend with the labyrinth of state boards and commissions. According to the state’s Little Hoover Commission, a watchdog agency of sorts, one out of every five Californians must receive permission...
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CA Senate Smacks Down Vietnamese Refugee’s Free Speech Rights


Friday February 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:55am PST   •   0 Comments

As this column makes clear, governments at all levels abuse the public, trample human rights, and waste taxpayers’ money on a massive scale. Sometimes government abuses its own and the public at the same time. Witness the recent smackdown on free speech at the California capitol. On February 21, the state Senate held a...
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Government Abuses Veterans, Job Seekers


Wednesday February 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:04am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. military trains medics and tasks them to attend those shot, bombed or blown up, sometimes including civilian victims. This is about the most rigorous duty any medic could experience but veterans have a hard time applying their skills in civilian life. As Foon Rhee notes in the Sacramento Bee, the California legislature...
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Government Dam Abuse


Monday February 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:03pm PST   •   0 Comments

Despite contrary claims by law enforcement, looting did take place during the evacuation of more than 150,000 people in the wake of the spillway failure at the Oroville Dam. As the Los Angeles Times reported, in one case looters blasted the doors of a market with a shotgun and attempted to ransack the business....
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BART Sweeps In More Toll Hikes


Wednesday February 15th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:13pm PST   •   0 Comments

Bridge tolls are high in the Bay Area but rapid transit bosses are worried that they are not quite high enough. As Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross note in the San Francisco Chronicle, a $3.5 billion bond approval has BART bosses panting for another $1.5 billion in toll hikes on the area’s seven state-owned...
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“Stuff Happens.” Oroville Dam Crisis Is a Failure of Government


Tuesday February 14th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:48am PST   •   1 Comment

A massive spillway failure at Northern California’s Oroville Dam prompted an evacuation order that sent 200,000 people running for shelter anywhere they could find it. As the Sacramento Bee reported, the dam itself “has not been compromised. But experts say that if the emergency spillway collapses, it wouldn’t be much different than a total...
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Pension Retro-Ripoff


Monday February 13th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:57am PST   •   0 Comments

  Back in 1999, under governor Gray Davis, the State of California boosted pensions and allowed most government employees to retire at the age of 55. This led to a surge of unfunded liabilities, and even Jerry Brown pushed for minor reforms. State employees hired after January 1, 2013, would have to work to...
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What President Trump Should Know about California’s Bullet Train


Friday February 10th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:00am PST   •   0 Comments

In his State of the State address, California governor Jerry Brown went off on President Trump with unusual fury, but he also extended an olive branch of sorts. California has “roads, tunnels and railroads” that the president “could help us with,” Brown said, and that will “create good-paying American jobs.” Before he gets on...
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Taxpayers Beware of Stem Cell Head Fake


Tuesday February 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:17am PST   •   1 Comment

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is in the news again, but this time it’s not slick ad copy masquerading as journalism, with the goal of shaking down taxpayers for more money. This time its Joe Rodota, former cabinet secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson, and Bernard Munos of the Innothink Center for Research...
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The Statist Dynamic Rolls On


Monday February 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PST   •   0 Comments

  Before the 2016 election, Republicans were telling anybody who will listen that they would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. After the election, with control of the House, Senate and White House, the Republicans want to “fix” and “repair,” the ACA. This betrays a familiar dynamic of the...
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