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Consumer Financial Protection Bloat


Friday June 9th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:52am PDT   •   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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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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Government Bullies Get Bookish


Tuesday May 16th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 4:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last December, California governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1570, authored by former Republican assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang. Chang’s measure alters the state’s “autograph law,” formerly limited to sports memorabilia, to include any signed item worth more than $5, including books. As Anastasia Bolden of the Pacific Legal Foundation notes, this makes it “extremely risky,…
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VA Loses Lawsuit for Denying Timely Health Care


Wednesday March 15th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Monday, March 6, 2017, a federal judge awarded $2.5 million to a military veteran who was denied timely medical care at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Republic‘s Jacques Billeaud reports on the results of the civil trial in federal court. A judge on Monday awarded $2.5 million…
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CorruptCalifornia.Con


Monday November 7th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:15am PST   •   0 Comments

“There is no native criminal class except Congress,” said Mark Twain. A look at California might change his mind. As Taryn Luna notes in the Sacramento Bee, the state political ethics watchdog wants a $57,000 fine against state Senator Tony Mendoza, who allegedly “broke campaign-finance laws to keep money out of the hands of…
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Education Fat Cats No Joke for Taxpayers


Monday September 19th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:25am PDT   •   2 Comments

Chris Evans, superintendent of the Natomas Unified School District, bears a strong resemblance to the late Chris Farley of “Saturday Night Live,” but for students, parents and taxpayers, Evans’ latest happy meal is no joke. As Diana Lambert notes in the Sacramento Bee, the district’s board just boosted Evans’ pay by $46,130, a raise…
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More Bureaucracy a Bust for the Homeless


Wednesday March 30th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:52am PDT   •   0 Comments

“More bureaucracy isn’t a solution for homelessness.” That is the kind of headline readers would expect in a libertarian publication. It’s actually the headline of the lead editorial in the March 24 edition of The Sacramento Bee, the newspaper of record in California’s capital. Since this publication rarely criticizes bureaucracy, taxpayers will find the…
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Bureaucratic Bloat Endures


Monday February 29th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:03am PST   •   0 Comments

California Senate boss Kevin De Leon was recently asked to approve a new chief for the state’s Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation. The startled senator replied that he “never heard of this department in my entire life until Rules Committee.” He may since have learned that this bureau,…
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State Department Becomes a Wasteland


Monday November 23rd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:53am PST   •   0 Comments

The World War II generation has reason to associate the U.S. Department of State with treason in the form of Stalinist spy Alger Hiss. Baby Boomers and beyond have come to associate State Department briefings with “Saturday Night Live” in the form of spokesperson Marie Harf, who shows a keen sense for the absurd….
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Government No-Cut Contract Hurts Taxpayers


Thursday July 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:15am PDT   •   2 Comments

Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen has noticed that the California Department of Transportation, also known as Caltrans, is paying “3,500 people to just be sitting around at a desk.” As Andrew Holzman notes in the Sacramento Bee, Olsen wants to cut those 3,500 full-time positions, for a saving of $500 million, half a billion dollars. As…
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