Posts Tagged ‘federal bureaucracy’


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An Earth Day Meditation for Millennials


Friday April 20th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:08am PDT   •   0 Comments

April 22 marks Earth Day and millennials might think it goes back at least 100 years, or maybe all the way to the nation’s founding. Actually, Earth Day started only 48 years ago in 1970, but it was an occasion of significance. As Randy Simmons, Ryan M. Yonk and Kenneth J. Sim showed in…
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Government Finally Violates No-Fire Zone


Friday February 2nd, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:04am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, EPA “policy advisor” John Beale told his bosses he really worked for the CIA and shirked his duties for a decade. During this time, EPA bosses never fired Mr. Beale but they did pay him generous retention bonuses. EPA boss Gina McCarthy presided over the massive toxic spill on Colorado’s Animas…
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Will Congress Preserve the Costly CFPB Swamp?


Monday November 27th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:49am PST   •   0 Comments

President Trump has tapped Mick Mulvaney head of the Office of Management and Budget, to run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a bad sign for a number of reasons. As we noted back in 2012 in Financial Crisis and Leviathan, the CFPB was created during the greatest financial crisis since the Great Depression, not…
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Time to Eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Thursday October 26th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:25am PDT   •   1 Comment

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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Down with the Czars!


Wednesday October 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:24am PDT   •   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 Tom Marino, Pennsylvania Republican, has withdrawn his name for consideration as President Trump’s drug czar.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 PDT   •   2 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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U.S. Forest Service Can’t Cut It


Wednesday June 21st, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:15am PDT   •   0 Comments

“Budget cuts threaten forests’ roads, hunting, fishing,” headlines the piece by McClatchy reporter Anshu Siripurapu. Trails “could get messier,” and maintenance on bridges, dams and recreation sites “could” become tougher. “That’s the potential fate of national forest projects, thanks to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for fiscal 2018,” Siripurapu warns. The president seeks $100…
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Pentagon Slush Funds Waste Billions


Monday May 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:04am PDT   •   0 Comments

President Donald Trump has decried the “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, and proclaimed “we’re going to get it.” When it comes to the Pentagon, that is going to be a tough task. As we noted late last year, the Pentagon buried an internal study exposing $125 billion in administrative waste….
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Dysfunctional HUD Is a Bust under Any Boss


Wednesday December 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:18am PST   •   0 Comments

Representative Elijah Cummings, Maryland Democrat, charges that Ben Carson is “woefully unqualified” to lead the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, and even some of Carson’s supporters cite his lack of experience. For his part, Carson believes he can make a “significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities in need” and “ensuring that our…
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Can Trump Trim Waste, Fraud and Abuse in Federal Government?


Monday November 28th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:11am PST   •   0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump finds “tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government,” and proclaims “we’re going to get it.” That will be a tough task because, as one recent case confirms, waste, fraud and abuse are inherent in the system. When he applied for a job with the EPA in 1989, John Beale…
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