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The End of the Tea Party


Monday February 12th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PST   •   0 Comments

The 20th government shutdown since the passage of the Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 started and ended early in the morning of Friday, February 9, 2018, when, following a filibuster publicity stunt in the House of Representatives by minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a more principled filibuster by Senator Rand Paul…
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Federal Government Shutdown Theater Christmas Pageant


Friday December 22nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:50am PST   •   0 Comments

It’s back! It was just two weeks ago that the U.S. Congress delayed a scheduled presentation of federal government shutdown theater until the holidays, and now that the holidays have come, the U.S. Congress has… delayed what could have been a Christmas pageant episode of federal government shutdown theater for another month. Mike DeBonis…
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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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Congress Closing In on a Budget for 2018


Monday October 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:45am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Friday, September 29, 2017, after months of dysfunctional delay, the U.S. Senate finally got around to passing its own version of a budget blueprint for the U.S. government’s 2018 fiscal year, which officially got underway on Sunday, October 1, 2017. Politico‘s Sarah Ferris describes some of the politics that are built into the…
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National Debt Passes Grim Milestone, but Growth Slows


Monday September 18th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding finally surpassed the grim milestone of $20 trillion on September 8, 2017, following President Trump’s surprising deal with Congressional Democrats to suspend the statutory debt ceiling through December 15, 2017. On that Friday, the national debt jumped by $317.6 billion to reach $20.16 trillion. The total public…
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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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The Debt Ceiling and the Skinny Budget


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PDT   •   2 Comments

For the U.S. national debt, the date of March 16, 2017, marks the day when the statutory debt ceiling, which limits how much money the U.S. government can borrow, will go back into effect for the first time since it was suspended back on November 2, 2015, as part of former President Obama’s last…
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California Is a Sanctuary for Bad Government


Monday December 5th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:05am PST   •   1 Comment

Sanctuary cities decline to enforce U.S. immigration laws and comply with federal customs and immigration enforcement. President-elect Donald Trump’s crusade against sanctuary cities is supposed to be a blow against criminals, but as Chriss W. Street of Breitbart shows, California could suffer serious consequences. There are some 300 sanctuary cities and counties nationwide and…
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Government Waste an Ongoing Show


Wednesday March 2nd, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:48am PST   •   0 Comments

While millions around the world watched the Academy Awards on February 28, Brian Lamb of C-SPAN was hosting Thomas Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste. The interview confirmed that when it comes to wasting taxpayers’ money, government bureaucrats are endlessly creative. Lamb recalled the first Golden Fleece award in 1975, a project of…
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Does Caltrans “Set of Values” Include Accountability?


Friday December 18th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:47am PST   •   0 Comments

The California Department of Transportation hired Alex Morales III as statewide coordinator for compliance with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As Jim Miller notes in the Sacramento Bee, Mr. Morales III, who was paid a base salary of $74,912, has been arrested for allegedly accepting “at least $100,000 in bribes, including an…
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