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Rearmed Pillage People Ride Again
Saturday July 21, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

CA's Franchise Tax Board moves to extract alleged back taxes.

Feds Spend $3M to Find Out Why Clubbers Get Drunk and Aggressive
Friday July 20, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

"Unobtrusive systematic observations" conducted by federal researchers at nightclubs.

Stockton, Chicago Money Giveaways a Guaranteed Bust 
Friday July 20, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

Pseudo economics driving municipal bankruptcies across the U.S.

Two-way Trade in the “Same” Commodity
Wednesday July 18, 2018 | Robert Higgs

Government interference neglects the nuance of trade.

Lessons for California from Canada’s Killer Nurse Cover-Up
Tuesday July 17, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

Strengthening the CA Nurses Association doesn't strengthen patient protection.

Soccer Champions … and Immigrants
Tuesday July 17, 2018 | Alvaro Vargas Llosa

The World Cup offers an example of assimilation and cooperation.

U.S. Collects Record Tax Revenue, but Deficits Keep Piling Up
Monday July 16, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

The entire increase in this year's deficit is due to spending hikes.

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The FBI’s $70,000 Conference Table
Tuesday May 29, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

One of the stranger side stories to come out of the FBI’s secret investigation of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election campaign back in 2016 came out in the news last week, where the FBI apparently chose to redact (or black out) a portion of a text message sent between FBI agents Lisa Page and...
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FasTrak Fakery Preys on the People
Tuesday May 22, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

Back on March 19, this writer put in his typical Monday workday and never left his neighborhood in California’s capital city. That schedule is somewhat at odds with a notice I received from FasTrak, California’s freeway tolling agency.  “Immediate Attention Required—Official FasTrak Notice,” read the outside of the envelope, mailed on May 14. “Violation...
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Where Do the U.S. Government’s Bureaucrats Work?
Monday May 21, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

As of the end of 2017, there were over 2 million bureaucrats who directly work for the U.S. government. That amazing number doesn’t include the 503,103 people who work for the U.S. Postal Service or any of the 1.3 million active duty members of the U.S. military services or the nation’s 800,000 reservists. Nor...
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Baby Steps Toward Healing Corrupt VA
Friday May 18, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

The scandal-plagued U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not currently have a congressionally approved leader. At the same time, the VA’s bureaucrats also appear to have little interest in providing timely health care to America’s veterans, nor do they appear to take the business of maintaining safe and clean medical facilities for their patients...
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Thirteen Plus Forty
Wednesday May 16, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

June 6 will mark 40 years since California voters passed the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation, more commonly known as Proposition 13. As its primary backers recall, “property taxes were out of control. People were losing their homes because they could not pay their property taxes, yet government did nothing to help them.”...
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White House Attempts to Claw Back $15 Billion
Monday May 14, 2018 | Craig Eyermann

Two weeks ago, the White House was floating a trial balloon for using rescission to cut $25 billion worth of spending. Last week, the White House moved forward with what appears to be a down payment on that plan, where they are initially seeking to surgically claw back some $15 billion worth of spending...
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George Deukmejian and the Protection of Taxpayer Dollars
Friday May 11, 2018 | K. Lloyd Billingsley

Former governor George Deukmejian recently passed away at 89. Many Californians have little memory of the Golden State’s 35th governor, who served from 1983 to 1992. Millennials and such may be unaware that Deukmejian was the last California governor to return surplus funds directly to taxpayers in the form of a check. In 1987,...
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