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Lloyd Billingsley
Lloyd Billingsley
Policy Fellow, Independent Institute
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      Lloyd Billingsley

      Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute. He is the author of Barack ‘em Up: A Literary Investigation, and Bill of Writes: Dispatches from the Political Correctness Battlefield.

What ‘Chappaquiddick’ Gets Right Is Enough To Make Your Blood Boil

Chappaquiddick movie. YouTube screenshot/JoBlo Movie Clips

On July 18, 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island. The Massachusetts Democrat, 37, survived the plunge, but his companion Mary Jo Kopechne, 28, perished in the submerged car, and Kennedy waited 10 hours to report the accident. He then deployed a squad of sycophants to handle the cops, the court, the coroner and the press. And the senator got off with a tap on the wrist.

Killing Sea Lions Won’t Balance Nature Or The Budget

2:26 PM 04/05/2018

According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, sea lions are thriving in record numbers. These playful animals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, and fishermen have been fined and jailed for killing them. On the other hand, for many years NOAA and state governments have been killing sea lions as part of official policy.

Politicians Could Learn A Thing Or Two From The Super Bowl

12:04 AM 02/02/2018

Like Monday morning quarterbacks, politicians from the White House on down criticize the National Football League and its players without ever really knowing how to execute from the playbook. Those critics might learn a thing or two from this year’s Super Bowl, starting with the reasons the event takes place.

For Better Healthcare In 2018, End Nonprofit Certificates Of Need And Tax Schemes

3:39 PM 01/10/2018

Everybody needs food, but the government does not require entrepreneurs to obtain a certificate of need before opening or expanding a grocery store. Everybody needs healthcare at one time or another, but the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development and 35 states require hospitals to obtain certificates of need (called CONs) before they open their doors or expand. Certificates of need tend to favor large non-profit operations, which are now blocking competition while scamming patients and taxpayers alike.

Las Vegas Massacre Could Have Been Much Worse

2:58 PM 11/02/2017

On October 1, Stephen Paddock turned his guns on a country music concert in Las Vegas, killing 59 people, including himself, and wounding more than 500 in the worst mass shooting in modern American history. As an event that marks an anniversary on November 5 shows, the horror could have been much worse.

Unions And ‘Labor’ Are Not The Same

12:28 AM 09/06/2017

Establishment media stories on Labor Day can easily leave the impression that “labor” and unions are one and the same. Workers across the nation should reject that equation because it isn’t true.

When Californians Led The Way On Campus Civil Rights

1:56 PM 08/03/2017

The New York Times reports that the Trump administration is directing the Justice Department to sue universities over affirmative action policies directed against whites and Asians. Opponents call it a “dog whistle” intended to create fear that government will punish efforts to maintain “diversity” on campus. Those alarmed might consider how Californians handled this issue.

Remembering The Artistry Of John Coltrane

1:43 PM 06/30/2017

On July 4, Americans celebrate their independence, and on July 17 they might take time to recall John Coltrane. Fifty years after his passing, tragically, many know little about this giant of American musical artistry.

California’s Communist Tutorial

9:34 PM 06/05/2017

California assemblyman Rob Bonta authored AB 22, which repeals part of a law allowing state employees to be fired for being members of the Communist Party. The Bay Area Democrat has withdrawn the bill, but his gambit provides a tutorial on the currently raging subject of foreign intervention in American elections.

‘The Promise’ Packs A Warning

4:42 PM 05/01/2017

The Promise, directed by Terry George (Hotel Rwanda), takes place during World War I, when the Ottoman Turks set out to exterminate the Armenians, the first attempt at genocide of the past century.

California’s Double Standard On Vouchers

10:34 PM 04/03/2017

In California’s state capital of Sacramento, torrential rains and flooding have put the city’s surging homeless population into a state of crisis. Politicians are running to the rescue.

David Horowitz’s “Big Agenda” Matters — Book Review

1:00 PM 01/27/2017

“Conservatives were justifiably worried that America’s decline was reaching a point of no return,” writes David Horowitz. After the recent election, many breathed a sign of relief, but as the author of Big Agenda sees it, “one battle is over, but there are many more to come.” To prevail, the combatants must want to win, but that has not always been the case with Republicans.