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1,414 Days Later…

Wednesday March 13th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:53am PDT   •   0 Comments

Today marks a very auspicious occasion—the first time since April 29, 2009 that the U.S. Senate will have acted to fulfill its responsibilities under the nation’s law and pass a budget! Basically, that means that the U.S. government has mostly been on spending autopilot for the last 1,414 days. Not that their idea of…
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Tossing Tesla: Stimulus-funded vehicle a bust in the “real world”

Monday March 11th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PDT   •   7 Comments

Britain’s Court of Appeal has tossed the lawsuit of Tesla boss Elon Musk against Britain’s popular “Top Gear” program. In 2008 host Jeremy Clarkson called the electric Tesla roadster “an astonishing technical achievement” adding “it’s a shame that in the real world it doesn’t seem to work.” That is, he found that the car…
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How Washington D.C. Works (Or Not) Part 3

Monday March 11th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:02am PDT   •   3 Comments

We weren’t planning on making “How Washington D.C. Works (Or Not)” into a regular series, but then, we can’t make this stuff up and the politicians keep generating fresh material! Today’s example of how our federal government works, or doesn’t really, is from March 7th, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Tom…
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Federal Employee Compensation vs the Private Sector

Friday March 8th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:43am PST   •   14 Comments

How much more are the employees of the federal government compensated than their peers in the private sector? The Congressional Budget Office released a study in 2012 that took factors like age, skills, experience, education, employer size and occupation into account, to do as close to an apples-to-apples comparison as possible. The chart below…
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Mo’ Money: Government greed and the Rockefeller rule

Wednesday March 6th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 2:20pm PST   •   3 Comments

Mark Trumbull of DC Decoder notes that, according to the Congressional Budget Office federal tax revenue will hit $2.7 trillion this year, a record that would surpass the $2.6 trillion in 2007, before the recession started. This strengthens the case of those who say the problem must be excessive government spending. But the $2.7…
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Tanks a Lot

Monday March 4th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:31am PST   •   12 Comments

The M-1 Abrams tank can pulverize a building at a distance of more than two miles and proved its worth in Iraq and Afghanistan. If one of these tanks is headed your way you might have a problem, but now the United States military has a problem with the tank beyond its reported unsuitability…
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Monday March 4th, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:02am PST   •   4 Comments

President Obama finally admitted the truth about the spending cuts mandated by his sequester as he officially signed off on them on Friday, March 1, 2013: That comment almost completes the President’s change in tune from the kinds of claims he was making just 9 days earlier. However, much as it takes time to…
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Government Greed Gooses Gas Prices

Friday March 1st, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:49am PST   •   2 Comments

We recently noted that gasoline prices are up 75 cents since December and motorists in southern California are now paying as much as $6 a gallon. But Golden State motorists will soon be paying even more, “no matter what market forces do,” as one report puts it, because California’s State Board of Equalization just…
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A Change in Tune

Friday March 1st, 2013   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:12am PST   •   3 Comments

Watch the following YouTube video and see if you can notice a change in President Obama’s tune with respect to the long-dreaded budget cutting “sequester”, which is supposed to go into effect today: We wonder what changed the President’s mind on supporting his own proposal to impose the automatic budget cuts that are taking…
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