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New Jackboot City


Tuesday April 10th, 2018   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:48am PDT   •   0 Comments

The squad came at dawn, Remington model 870 shotguns at the ready. They broke down the door, rushed in and handcuffed a man before shoving him into a police car. One might think they were after a terrorist, escaped convict, or murderer. In reality, this was a raid by the enforcement division of the…
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Is Donald Trump the New Swamp Fox?


Tuesday April 18th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:24am PDT   •   1 Comment

As a candidate, Donald Trump contended, “there’s tremendous waste, fraud and abuse” in the federal government, an easily verified reality. As we noted, a recent internal study exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in Pentagon business operations, where the purchasing bureaucracy alone counted 207,000 full-time workers. The Environmental Protection Agency allowed “policy advisor” John…
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United Airlines Incident Makes A Case for Less Government Regulation


Wednesday April 12th, 2017   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 10:30am PDT   •   0 Comments

The forced removal of Mr. David Dao from a United Airlines flight has touched off outrage around the world, justifiably so. The airline should have adjudicated the overbooking issue before the boarding process, and as UA CEO Oscar Munoz said, nobody should ever be treated that way. The video of the removal grabbed worldwide…
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TSA Endures Despite Failure


Monday April 25th, 2016   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:56am PDT   •   2 Comments

On a recent trip, this writer found that employees of the federal Transportation Security Administration were courteous and professional, but that is not always the case. As we noted, the TSA sometimes forces passengers through the screening process twice on the same trip, before a connecting flight, with no warning and no explanation. So…
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Failed TSA Confirms No Bureaucracy Left Behind


Monday June 29th, 2015   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 11:07am PDT   •   0 Comments

Summer travelers know that the Transportation Security Administrative troops, drill sergeants decked out in Jiffy Lube blue shirts, do a bang-up job of making air travel more miserable than it should be. As they take off their shoes and belts, travelers may also know that the TSA is a miserable failure at its appointed…
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TSA Imposes Double Jeopardy


Friday August 23rd, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 9:30am PDT   •   6 Comments

Passing through the gauntlet of gruff Transportation Security Administration screeners is hardly a pleasant experience for anybody, especially the elderly, the disabled, and families with children. But all travellers will be delighted to learn that the TSA is forcing passengers to pass through screening twice on the same trip. For example, a traveler departing…
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NSA, TSA, SOS


Friday August 9th, 2013   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 8:58am PDT   •   8 Comments

As the New York Times reports, the National Security Agency (NSA) is “not just intercepting the communications of Americans who are in direct contact with foreigners targeted overseas.” The agency is “also casting a far wider net for people who cite information linked to those foreigners.” Further, in its extensive computer searches of data,…
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Poll Aside, TSA is Not OK


Tuesday August 28th, 2012   •   Posted by K. Lloyd Billingsley at 12:28pm PDT   •   10 Comments

A majority of Americans approves of the Transportation Safety Authority, according to a recent Gallup poll. A full 54 percent of Americans say the TSA is doing an excellent or good job and 30 percent rating the TSA as only “fair.” Only 12 percent of Americans, according to the poll, said the TSA was…
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The Costs of 9/11


Tuesday September 13th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 7:03am PDT   •   1 Comment

The New York Times has a wonderful info-graphic depicting the costs of 9/11 by Shan Carter and Amanda Cox. As the author’s point out, the United States has spent an estimated $7 million for every dollar Al Qaeda spent planning and executing the attacks – approximately one-fifth of the current national debt. Notably, these…
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Fixing the Budget Deficit Without Raising Taxes


Monday November 15th, 2010   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 11:01am PST   •   3 Comments

The New York Times has a wonderful tool for understanding how the recommendations of the presidential deficit commission could work to close the estimated annual budget shortfalls in the future. You simply go through and select spending cuts and tax increases until the budget shortfall is corrected for both in the present and future….
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