Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Obamacare Expands Misery Beyond Death


Tuesday May 26th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column has noted, Emily Bazar of the California Health Care Foundation’s Center for Health Reporting has been working three shifts documenting the abuses of Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare. These abuses include a dysfunctional computer system that cost nearly $500 million, cancellation of health insurance without notice when people…
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Bay Bridge Not Over Water, Corrosion Troubles


Monday May 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:18am PDT   •   0 Comments

As we have noted many times, the new eastern span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge was 10 years in the making and a whopping $5 billion over budget, but all that time and money could not guarantee safety for the public. Before he moved to Congress in recent elections, state senator Mark DeSaulnier…
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Big Brother Barges Into the Bathroom


Wednesday May 13th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

When it comes to intrusive government, California is plunging to new depths, as Daniel Weintraub notes in the Sacramento Bee. “For Californians who fear big government, this might sound like the ultimate nightmare: An unelected board and its vast scientific bureaucracy is going to force us to pay more to wipe our butts.” The…
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IRS Marijuana Rip-Off


Monday May 11th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

Any effort to track government waste, fraud and abuse is bound to take ample notice of the federal Internal Revenue Service. As we have noted, the IRS targeted non-profit groups favoring smaller government and lower taxes. Then IRS bosses tried to pass this off as “horrible customer service,” even as they doled out huge…
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The Fix Is In for Broken Government


Wednesday May 6th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

“They can’t complete a project, like building a bridge or updating a computer system, without it being late, over budget, or even obsolete by the time of completion.” That’s venture capitalist Tim Draper on California government, and he’s right. As we have observed, the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge was 10 years…
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Government Deploys Bogus Science to Quash Business


Monday May 4th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:56am PDT   •   0 Comments

Back in December of 2012 we noted federal government efforts, headed by then Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, to eliminate a longstanding oyster farm on the California coast, even though the small operation caused no environmental damage and kept 30 people employed. The Sierra Club and California Senator Barbara Boxer applauded Salazar’s move, but Senator…
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Government Raisin Ransacking


Friday April 24th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Central planning was thought to work very well in 1937,” observes U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, “and Russia tried it for a long time.” So did the United States, through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. Authorized by Congress during the New Deal, the Act set up cooperative boards…
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State Employee Scam Burns Taxpayers


Monday April 13th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

In California, prodigious waste of taxpayer dollars is inherent in the system but politicians look the other way and few in the old-line establishment media are watching. One notable exception is Jon Ortiz of the Sacramento Bee, co-author with Jim Miller of “The Public Eye” watchdog report headlined “Audit: California departments break law, game…
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Bullet Train Cap and Raid


Monday March 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:41am PDT   •   1 Comment

Politicians promoted the California high-speed rail project as a rapid route between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. But as we noted, the “bullet train” broke ground near Fresno. Now Dan Walters of the Sacramento Bee finds a gap between other bullet-train claims and reality. The California High-Speed Rail Authority claims that…
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More Government IT Waste


Wednesday March 25th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:36am PDT   •   1 Comment

As we recently noted, California’s Department of Consumer Affairs was implementing a computer system pegged at $27 million. Problems with the system boosted the cost to $77 million, but that still didn’t get it done. Consumer Affairs bosses want another $17.5 million, bring the cost to $96 million, more than three times the original…
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