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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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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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Government Greedloaders Always Grab More


Tuesday June 20th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:19pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we noted, Jerry Brown has jacked up gasoline taxes and fees by $5.2 billion, and the governor slams those less than worshipful of this hike as “freeloaders.” Brown is a big booster of “subsidiarity,” which means that bureaucrats can use tax money designated for needy school children to boost the salaries of bureaucrats…
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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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The Firing Next Time?


Friday May 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 3:30pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Everybody’s talking about President Trump’s firing of FBI director James Comey, and some consider the dismissal improper. On the other hand, as Michael Corleone might say, “Where does it say you can’t fire the head of the FBI? I am talking about an FBI boss who overstepped his authority, who got mixed up in…
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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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Big Bucks for a Bureaucratic Drunk


Monday November 30th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 5:17am PST   •   0 Comments

As we noted, California’s government monopoly K-12 education system pays big bucks to local bosses, heaping on huge raises and boosting benefits without any connection to performance or student achievement. For local bureaucrats, as Diana Lambert explains in the Sacramento Bee, even serious misconduct can pay off big-time. As the reporter notes, “El Dorado…
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BigEdBucks.Con


Thursday July 2nd, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 6:28am PDT   •   3 Comments

As Loretta Kalb of the Sacramento Bee reports, Deborah Bettencourt, superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, will receive a pay increase of $24,269 as of July 2. The increase of 7.5 percent boosts the superintendent’s pay from $221,500 to $245,769. Bettencourt’s salary is far beyond that of California’s governor ($173,000), the attorney…
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IRS Bonus Waste


Monday April 28th, 2014   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 7:05am PDT   •   1 Comment

When calculating the cost of government, taxpayers should never forget the Internal Revenue Service and its institutionalized waste. As an official report notes, between October 1, 2010 and December 31, 2012, the IRS gave more than $2.8 million in bonuses to 2,800 employees with “recent substantiated conduct issues resulting in disciplinary action.” So the…
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DEA Leaves Student Nearly DOA


Monday August 12th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:03am PDT   •   3 Comments

Last year, the UC San Diego engineering student Daniel Chong was mistakenly swept up in a DEA raid near the UC campus. Chong, 25, had committed no crime and was not charged with anything. But DEA agents stuck the student in a small windowless interrogation room with no food, water, or toilet facilities, and…
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