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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.

Fifteen Years After 9/11, The Bureaucratic Bull’s-Eye Remains

3:33 PM 09/01/2016

In the early 1960s, a French militant group—the Organisation de l’armée secrète (OAS)—sought to prevent Algerian independence and launched a campaign of terror and assassination that claimed some 2,000 victims. As Frederick Forsyth noted in his 1971 novel The Day of the Jackal, the OAS perceived France’s “vast bureaucracies” as a glaring weakness in national security, and that impression proved relevant for the USA 30 years after the book appeared.

Decades After 1972 Gold Medal Travesty, Olympic Injustice Still Prevails

10:13 AM 08/01/2016

The International Olympic Committee banned Russian athletes from this summer’s Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but doping scandals are hardly new. Athletes who had to give up Olympic medals for illicit drugs include 100 meter world-record holder Ben Johnson of Canada (1988), five-time track and field medalist Marion Jones of the United States (2000), and biathlon competitor Olga Medvedtseva of Russia (2006).

The Washington Gun Control Axis

12:06 AM 07/07/2016

As the world knows, back on June 11, Omar Mateen, an American-born Muslim, entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida and shot to death 49 people, the worst mass shooting in American history. President Obama remained skeptical about Mateen’s motivation and quickly focused on gun control.

Who’s Sorry Now?

12:44 PM 06/03/2016

On his historic visit to Cuba back in March, President Obama lamented American policies such as the longstanding trade embargo. This fit the president’s pattern of apologizing for past American actions abroad. Many doubtless deserve criticism, but the president can find a better theme for apology in the actions and policies of his own administration on the domestic scene. After nearly eight years, embattled American taxpayers might be able to spot a few problems.

Oscar Postscript: Goodbye To A Different Kind Of Blacklisting

11:19 AM 04/01/2016

When Nancy Reagan passed away last month, Mitt Romney said her passing marked a final goodbye to the days of Ronald Reagan, who rose to prominence in Hollywood films. That may well be, but last month’s Academy Awards may have waved goodbye to a longstanding practice, the blacklisting of Communist reality in American movies.

California Coastal Boss Gets Fired

3:55 PM 03/01/2016

The California Coastal Commission, by some accounts the most powerful land-use agency in the nation, is a squad of regulatory zealots that menaces property rights. On the other hand, this unelected body has now set a good example for powerful federal bureaucracies.

Diversity Dogma And The Quest For Quotafornia

11:53 AM 01/03/2016

As the U.S. Supreme Court reconsiders the role of race in college admissions, California prepares to mark a key anniversary. Twenty years ago California voters banned racial and ethnic preferences in college admissions, government hiring, and government contracting.

Tinseltown Turns Back The Clock With Trumbo Tribute

10:27 AM 12/01/2015

The eponymous protagonist of Trumbo, a new drama starring Bryan Cranston in the title role, comes billed as a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter and a hero of sorts. Moviegoers may be surprised to learn that Dalton Trumbo was much more than that.

California’s Whale Of A Tale In Bad Government

11:56 AM 11/05/2015

People come from far and wide to see killer whales perform at SeaWorld San Diego, where Shamu delighted audiences for many years. As SeaWorld seeks to expand, activists seek to shut it down by leveraging the state’s regulatory zealots.

California’s Tax Counterrevolution

12:40 PM 10/01/2015

This month California homeowners receive property tax bills marked OPEN IMMEDIATELY. Golden State government is always in a hurry to grab people’s money, but the real story is California’s ongoing tax counterrevolution under governor Jerry Brown.

California Leads The Nation In Money For Nothing

3:57 PM 09/01/2015

A federal patent examiner recently made news for doing no work for 18 weeks while getting paid his full salary. In similar style, senior policy advisor John Beale of the Environmental Protection Agency told his bosses he worked for the CIA and did no work for two and a half years, receiving not only his full salary but some $500,000 in bonuses. Those cases may be hard to top, but California is giving it a shot.

Pension Truth Trickles Down In California

11:34 AM 07/01/2015

Unfunded pension liabilities are soaring to $4.7 trillion nationwide, and are already beginning to crowd out key public services. Attempts to deny this reality are failing badly, but they have provided some enlightenment for taxpayers.

Do Unions Represent The American Worker?

12:34 AM 06/01/2015

Democrats are divided over President Obama’s new Trans-Pacific trade deal, but AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka doesn’t like it at all. “This agreement is not worthy of the American people and the American worker,” Trumka recently told Gwen Ifill of the PBS NewsHour. For their part, the American people and the American worker might question Mr. Trumka’s presumption to speak for them.

Lessons For Journalists From Obama Insider David Axelrod

4:32 PM 05/01/2015

President of the United States Barack Obama is on record that his administration is the most transparent in American history. It hasn’t exactly worked out that way, as his former senior advisor David Axelrod confirms in Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, published with great fanfare in February. But “Axe,” as the president calls him, does include some important lessons, especially for the political operative’s former colleagues in journalism.