Posts Tagged ‘government waste’

Feds Reward Waste, Incompetence and Corruption


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

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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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Financial Crisis and Leviathan


Monday September 17th, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 2:54pm PDT   •   2 Comments

On a recent C-SPAN show, Richard Cordray, director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  (CFPB) confirmed that the new federal agency that hasn’t done much in its first 14 months except expand an already bloated and wasteful government during a recession. The CFPB is the result of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…
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The Art of Waste: Recycling SOLyndra


Monday September 3rd, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 7:02pm PDT   •   2 Comments

“Solyndra’s power solutions offer strong return on investment and make great business sense.” That is a rather strange claim for the website of Solyndra Inc., accessed on August 29, 2012 no less. Some history is in order. Solyndra was the first renewable energy firm to get federal stimulus money and bagged $535 million in…
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Entitled to Waste: Mo’ Better Bonuses at the GSA


Wednesday June 27th, 2012   •   Posted by Lloyd Billingsley at 4:47pm PDT   •   3 Comments

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) administrator Daniel M. Tangherlini, “serves a vital role in President Obama’s agenda to build a more sustainable, responsible and effective government for the American people.” He has his work cut out for him. Federal workers are paid about twice as much as workers in the private sector, but at…
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Federal Worker’s Rap Video on Unlimited $$ and No Accountability Wins GSA Award


Saturday April 7th, 2012   •   Posted by David Theroux at 12:24pm PDT   •   7 Comments

In “Bad Rap: Video Spoof Amplifies Agency Ill” (Wall Street Journal), Peter Landers reports that in a rap video produced by a Government Service Agency (GSA) employee, he fantasizes about being a GSA Commissioner and spending lavish amounts of taxpayers’ dollars with no accountability. For the video, he won a GSA contest, which was…
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A Fresh Perspective for Occupy Wall Street


Sunday October 16th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 9:32am PDT   •   6 Comments

The Occupy Wall Street demonstrations are lackluster at best. One troublesome aspect of the whole “movement” concerns the poor economic logic underlying their causes. The occupiers are targeting the wrong enemy when they claim corporate greed and income inequality caused by capitalism is generating the problems in Washington. These claims have been propagated by…
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The Federal Government Admits It Paid $600 Million to Dead People


Saturday September 24th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 3:51pm PDT   •   2 Comments

Sam Hananel at the Associated Press reports that despite knowing about the problem since 2005: The federal government has doled out more than $600 million in benefit payments to dead people over the past five years, a watchdog report says. Such payments are meant for retired or disabled federal workers, but sometimes the checks…
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Emily Skarbek Is Interviewed on the Government Cost Calculator on Reason TV


Thursday May 12th, 2011   •   Posted by David Theroux at 10:49pm PDT   •   1 Comment

Independent Institute Research Fellow Emily Skarbek is interviewed here by Nick Gillespie of Reason TV regarding the Institute’s very timely and far-reaching Government Cost Calculator. The Calculator enables any American to clearly understand three aspects of federal government spending. First, the Calculator helps you determine how much a person will pay for various federal…
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The Government Union Stronghold on California


Monday March 7th, 2011   •   Posted by Emily Skarbek at 2:26pm PST   •   5 Comments

San Jose City Councilman Pete Constant wants to answer his office phone but the City Hall employees’ union says he should not be allowed to do so. The union has taken the Councilman to court, attempting to force him to hire someone else to be his administrative assistant and answer phones for $70,000 a…
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