Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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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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GovEdAbuse.con


Tuesday September 23rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:49am PDT   •   0 Comments

The new school year has kicked off but many students, particularly African Americans in the inner cities, remain interned in dysfunctional and dangerous schools. This is not an accident. Those are the very schools that legislators, bureaucrats, and government employee union bosses want for low-income students. In government education, money goes directly to the...
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USDA at Odds with Immigrants’ Work Ethic


Thursday September 18th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:39pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, a native of Peru, notes in his book Global Crossings that workers from many nations tend to migrate in search of employment opportunities and prosperity. In the new book A Race for the Future, Cuban native Mike Gonzalez shows how, from the 1940s into the 1960s, the Bracero program allowed Mexican...
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Federal NHTSA Unsafe at Any Speed


Tuesday September 16th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration purports to hold the safety of American motorists in high esteem, but according to a recent investigation reported by the Boston Globe, the federal agency is slow to identify safety problems and tentative to take action. This is not a new development. As we noted in April, NHTSA...
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CashForGovSnoops.Con


Wednesday September 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:14am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 1950, Congress created the National Science Foundation “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.” In fiscal year 2014 the NSF deploys a budget of $7.2 billion, and remains the “major source of federal backing” for “mathematics, computer science and the social...
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Taxpayers Must Sweat the Small Stuff


Monday September 8th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PDT   •   0 Comments

As this column observes, government costs are high because of new federal entitlements such as Obamacare, the federal stimulus program, excessive military spending, the war on drugs, bloated bureaucracy, and new federal agencies such as the Consumer Finance Protection bureau, to name just a few of the big-ticket items. Government costs also run high...
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Uncovered California, Continued


Thursday September 4th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

For years private health care managed by greedy insurance companies had left thousands without coverage. Then Covered California, a wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare, rushed to the rescue. Now everybody has with easy access, lower costs and superior care. That glowing government narrative leaves out a few harsh realities. As Emily Bazar of the...
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Labor Day Recalls Ruling Class Rip-offs


Monday September 1st, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 1:50am PDT   •   0 Comments

The federal holiday of Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is supposed to be a tribute to American workers. While enjoying a day off, if they get one—government employees do—those workers might use the occasion to recall some other realities, including a longstanding government rip-off. As we noted in July, for 71 years...
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Federal Clunker Program Cost Lots of Cash


Wednesday August 27th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:07am PDT   •   1 Comment

“The 2009 federal Cash for Clunkers program is often hailed as a success because it jump-started new-vehicle sales,” notes Kathleen Pender at sfgate.com, “but a new study says it actually cost car dealers $3 billion in lost revenue because its fuel-efficiency requirement caused people to buy cheaper cars than they would have otherwise.” The new...
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CalPERS Spikes the Cost of Government


Monday August 25th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:54am PDT   •   0 Comments

“More than a year after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law he said would tamp down pension spiking,” noted Jon Ortiz in the Sacramento Bee, “the state’s biggest public pension fund is on the verge of adopting rules critics say would undermine its intent.” That pension fund, CalPERS, went on to adopt the new...
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