Author Archive: K. Lloyd Billingsley

K. Lloyd Billingsley is Communications Counsel at the Independent Institute.
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Covered California Still Spreading Misery


Tuesday November 7th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:45am PST   •   1 Comment

During the heyday of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting kept track of how Covered California, the ACA’s wholly owned subsidiary, actually performed. As she noted, Covered California wasted millions on promotion, handed out lucrative deals to cronies, and its $454 million computer system...
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From the White House on down, the National Football League is getting a bad rap over anthem antics by some players. That is a shame, because the league, the game, and the players can teach valuable lessons, particularly for those in government. If your daddy was governor of California, like Jerry Brown’s, or President...
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Despite Tea Party Settlement, IRS Remains Unaccountable


Tuesday October 31st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:09am PST   •   0 Comments

Back in 2012, Americans who sought smaller government, and believed that they were taxed enough already, geared up for the election. Trouble was, the Internal Revenue Service targeted them for harassment on the basis of their political beliefs. Last week, the Trump administration agreed to pay $3.5 million to the so-called tea party groups,...
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Time to Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Thursday October 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:25am PST   •   0 Comments

Corey Lewandowski, an outside advisor to Donald Trump, wants the president to fire federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau boss Richard Cordray. Lewandowski doesn’t like CFBP rules that make it easier to sue finance companies, but firing Cordray will not be easy. He can only be fired for cause, and that entails a burden of...
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Bullet Train Tunnels a Deeper Hole for Taxpayers


Tuesday October 24th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:31am PST   •   0 Comments

Two years ago, as we noted, California’s high-speed rail project was facing 36 miles of tunnels through the mountains north of Los Angeles, a tectonically complex area abounding in earthquake faults. As independent experts observed, these tunnels would have been the most ambitious tunneling project in U.S. history, with 90% odds of massive cost...
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Will Supreme Court End Confiscation Con?


Friday October 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:10am PST   •   0 Comments

While Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees awaits a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court, developments in California may clarify the issues involved. The California Association of Psychiatric Technicians, a government employee union with more than 6,000 members, will levy a monthly charge of $6.50 to fund political activities. Union...
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Down with the Czars!


Wednesday October 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:24am PST   •   0 Comments

Rep. Tom Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name for consideration as President Trump’s drug czar. By some accounts, Marino backed legislation that restricted enforcement of opioid laws. Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia Democrat, who called for Marino’s withdrawal, said “we need a drug czar who has seen the devastating effects of the problem.”...
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Government No-Fire Zone Abuses Taxpayers


Tuesday October 17th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:50am PST   •   0 Comments

“Tesla fired hundreds of workers this week, including engineers, managers and factory workers,” reported Louis Hansen of the San Jose Mercury News. “Little or no warning preceded the dismissals,” which came after performance reviews, as the company struggles to produce its Model 3 sedan, for which 450,000 customers are waiting. Overall, Tesla showed the...
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Government Pension Tricks Pillage Taxpayers


Thursday October 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:15am PST   •   0 Comments

As Lawrence McQuillan notes in California Dreaming: Lessons on How to Resolve America’s Public Pension Crisis, outlandish pensions for government employees have put state budgets in crisis and threaten the services taxpayers receive. In California, government employees could retire at age 55 with two percent of their salary for each year of state employment....
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Gov. Brown’s Tunnel Vision Gets More Costly and Corrupt


Friday October 6th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:03pm PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, even with a single tunnel, Jerry Brown’s massive $16 billion “WaterFix” for the delta is a financial bust. According to Benefit-Cost Analysis of The California WaterFix, by Jeffrey Michael of the Center for Business and Policy Research at the University of the Pacific, construction costs, estimated at $16 billion, are still more than...
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