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Cities Selling Themselves Out to Amazon


Saturday December 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Paul Theroux at 3:26pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Amazon made its reputation as the world’s largest online retailer by making it possible for anyone anywhere to buy consumer products. But has anybody considered what the company itself is capable of buying when it becomes the consumer? In September 2017, Amazon announced that it was seeking to establish a second headquarters in the...
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Feds Reward Waste, Incompetence and Corruption


Tuesday October 9th, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 10:10am PDT   •   0 Comments

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Buried in the Bill


Sunday October 7th, 2012   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 2:47pm PDT   •   4 Comments

Law professor Elizabeth Price Foley has been guest blogging at Instapundit this past week, introducing a pretty interesting running feature on just what exactly is in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (aka “ObamaCare”): NOW THAT IT’S PASSED, NANCY, I FOUND OUT WHAT’S IN IT: Remember former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s comment about...
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The Record for Racking Up Debt


Wednesday October 3rd, 2012   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 8:28am PDT   •   18 Comments

Which modern U.S. President is responsible for racking up the most national debt the fastest? That’s not as easy a question to answer as you might think, mainly because to be fair, you have to take inflation into account and also because the difference between Presidents for how long they were in office. And...
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Government Pays Too Much for Pepper


Tuesday October 2nd, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 11:55am PDT   •   5 Comments

Last November students at the University of California at Davis held a peaceful demonstration to protest tuition increases. Campus cops pepper-sprayed them, which drew international attention. So should the recent “settlement,” of a federal lawsuit as an example of government waste and hypocrisy. As the Sacramento Bee reported, in the $1 million settlement, the...
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Free Lunch


Monday October 1st, 2012   •   Posted by Burt Abrams at 12:51pm PDT   •   4 Comments

Americans have become dependent on publicly provided “free lunches,” government programs without the taxes. The public whines about any attempt to raise taxes (other than those on the “rich”) while clamoring for all the entitlement programs the government can dish out.  As a result of this whine and dining, nearly half of all households...
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The Postman Always Defaults Twice


Monday October 1st, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 12:30pm PDT   •   3 Comments

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) recently defaulted on a $5.6 billion mandate to pre-fund retiree health benefits, the second time in two months the federal government postal “service,” has failed to deliver. In August it failed to make a $5.5 billion retirement prepayment slated for last September, which Congress conveniently deferred. So the USPS...
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Unintended Consequences


Saturday September 29th, 2012   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 11:34am PDT   •   5 Comments

Do you remember when pushing medical providers to go away from paper-based record keeping in favor of electronic records offered the promise of reducing the cost of health care? Here’s what USA Today reported just over two years ago, on July 14, 2010: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Tuesday rolled out an...
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Golden Fleece for Gold-Plated Flight


Friday September 28th, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 8:55am PDT   •   0 Comments

The federal government, more than $16 trillion in debt, saw fit to send the space shuttle Endeavour on a final joyride before it lands in a museum. Riding a Boeing 747, the shuttle’s farewell tour of California included two aerial laps around the state capitol in Sacramento. Fans were snapping pictures of a publicity...
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Stuck in the Mud...


Thursday September 27th, 2012   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 5:21am PDT   •   2 Comments

Now that the U.S. Census has released its newest estimate of median household income in the United States, it’s time to consider where the U.S. federal government spending per U.S. household stands with respect to the Zero Deficit Line, which is the amount of spending that the typical American household can actually afford. The...
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