Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Monday March 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:40am PST   •   0 Comments

When government says it’s going to be “neutral” about something, taxpayers can’t go wrong thinking that precisely the opposite is the case. Consider, for example, the latest government power grab, disguised as “Internet Neutrality.” If government were indeed neutral it would leave the Internet alone. But under Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler, government...
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Wasted Energy


Monday February 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PST   •   0 Comments

The U.S. Department of Energy claims lineage from the Manhattan Project of World War II, and its official history cites none other than Albert Einstein. Actually, the DOE dates its inception from 1977: “[T]he twelfth cabinet-level department brought together for the first time within one agency two programmatic traditions that had long coexisted within...
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Government Money Guzzlers


Wednesday February 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:07am PST   •   0 Comments

Californians are paying off $5 billion in cost overruns on the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which came in, count ‘em, ten years late, with its safety still in doubt. Governor Jerry Brown wants to spend $68 billion on a “bullet train” that would be slower and more expensive than air travel. He also wants...
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Bay Bridge Boondoggle Boss Escapes Accountability


Monday February 9th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:52am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted several times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was $5 billion over budget and, count ‘em, ten years late. That’s a full decade but after all that time and money, safety issues linger with faulty welds and such, which California governor Jerry Brown dismissed with his...
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$13.2 Billion Bust Bilks Taxpayers


Wednesday February 4th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:36am PST   •   0 Comments

What do taxpayers get for $13.2 billion in government spending on mental health? Not much, according to a new report by California’s Little Hoover Commission. In fact, as David Siders explains in the Sacramento Bee, the state cannot even document whether the $13.2 billion even improved any Californians’ lives. That is the legacy of...
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California Is “Increasist” in Cost of Government


Monday February 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:08am PST   •   0 Comments

California governor Jerry Brown derides critics as “declinists,” but when it comes to the cost of government, he’s definitely an increasist. As Jon Ortiz and Phillip Reese note in the Sacramento Bee, last year California paid out $1.1 billion more to state employees than the year before. The new tab comes to $16.43 billion,...
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Federal “Operation Choke Point” Abuses Americans


Wednesday January 28th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:41am PST   •   0 Comments

In recent years, government has been ramping up the deployment of federal agencies against the very citizens who pay for them. The National Security Agency, for example, has been conducting massive surveillance operations against innocent Americans. The Internal Revenue Service has been deployed against groups that favor smaller government and lower taxes. Now the...
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Federal Double Standard on Debt


Monday January 26th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:09am PST   •   0 Comments

“People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season,” explains Fox News. “The federal government won’t be seizing their tax refunds.” Before anybody starts celebrating, that requires some clarification. As we noted, the “debts” in question are highly dubious. Mary Grice, now 58, was four years...
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Same as the Old Boss?


Wednesday January 21st, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:27am PST   •   0 Comments

As California Senate boss, Darrell Steinberg compiled quite a record of abuse and waste. In 2012, for example, he killed the California Channel’s live broadcast of hearings on four ballot measures dealing with taxes and spending, depriving voters of vital information. He compounded this censorship by claiming: “I pride myself on being open and...
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California’s Bloated Judicial Bureaucracy


Monday January 19th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:27am PST   •   0 Comments

As we have noted, government never hesitates to waste money on projects of dubious utility. For example, commuters can get along quite well without California’s $68 billion high-speed rail boondoggle. The state does not need two massive tunnels under the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta, but the governor wants to spend $25 billion the project. Likewise,...
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