Posts Tagged ‘Big Government’

Consumer Financial Protection Bloat


Friday June 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:52am PST   •   1 Comment

The Financial Choice Act designed to undo Dodd-Frank financial regulations has passed the House and as it moves to the Senate opponents are crying foul over attempts to weaken the federal Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB). Ed Mierzwinski of the U.S. Public Interest Research Group told Consumer Reports, “The bill would leave the successful…
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Getting Skinny


Thursday March 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PST   •   1 Comment

Before he became president, Donald Trump perhaps made his biggest impression on Americans in his role on the reality TV game show The Apprentice. Today, with the release of the president’s so-called “skinny” budget, he looks to be in the starring role for a government-version of The Biggest Loser. Reuters reports on President Trump’s…
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Mo’ Bigger Government, Continued


Monday June 6th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:34am PST   •   1 Comment

As we noted back in January, the California Coastal Commission, the most powerful land-use agency in the nation, fired executive director Charles Lester. Since high-level bureaucrats seldom lose their lucrative jobs, this move hinted at the prospects for improved accountability. That didn’t happen, however, and the firing of Lester, an appointee beyond the reach…
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No One-Stop Shop with Government


Monday May 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:20am PST   •   0 Comments

California is a high-tech state and that leads Zócalo Public Square columnist Joe Mathews to wonder: “Why, in this Internet age, doesn’t my state offer a one-stop shop where I can renew my driver’s license, register to vote, pay my taxes and buy passes to a state park?” This one-stop shop, says Mr. Mathews,…
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Now Showing: Love Gov!


Monday July 6th, 2015   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:41am PST   •   1 Comment

Today, the Independent Institute is launching a fun, five-part, satirical, YouTube web series called Love Gov! Here’s more information on what the series is about: “Love Gov is a way to help anyone, especially Millennials, understand the federal government’s ever-expanding reach into personal lives,” says David J. Theroux, Founder and President of Independent Institute….
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High Court Slams Government Raisin Ransacking


Tuesday June 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:34am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, Big Government has been colonizing economic activity through schemes such as the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937. This New Deal act, based on the notion that central planning works, set up cooperative boards and conscripted growers into reserve set-asides. This meant that Fresno raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne, like…
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Federal “Operation Choke Point” Abuses Americans


Wednesday January 28th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:41am PST   •   2 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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Covered California’s Berlin Wall


Monday December 8th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:47am PST   •   3 Comments

As we have noted, Covered California is the Golden State’s wholly owned subsidiary of Obamacare and similarly dysfunctional, insecure, and wasteful. Even so, some people managed to sign up, the largest group ages 55 to 64. Now, according to Emily Bazar of the Center for Health Reporting, many are finding it impossible to leave….
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CashForGovSnoops.Con


Wednesday September 10th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:14am PST   •   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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Nanny State Surge


Wednesday July 23rd, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:20am PST   •   0 Comments

Every five years, the federal departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services convene the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. The DGAC mission is to make sound nutritional recommendations based on the best scientific research. Unfortunately as Independent Institute Research Fellow Ernest Pasour notes, in recent years, the DGAC has conscripted nutritional concerns in the…
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