Posts by K. Lloyd Billingsley
K. Lloyd Billingsley is a Policy Fellow at the Independent Institute and a columnist at The Daily Caller.
How the EPA Makes Wildfires More Likely


Wildfires are claiming lives and destroying property across California. As they flee the deadly blazes, Californians should be aware that federal bureaucrats make such fires more likely to occur. Consider the case of U.S. Navy veteran Joe Robertson in Jefferson County, Montana.  Robertson’s property was vulnerable to fires, so he built small protection ponds...
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Will the U.S. Supreme Court Stop the Federal Financial Protection Racket?


The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case challenging the federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency, CNBC reports. A California law firm “alleges that the structure of the agency grants too much power to its director, in violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers.” The CFPB director can be removed only for inefficiency, neglect of...
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A Long Overdue Remedy for NCAA Madness


The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas, is not known as an athletic powerhouse, but in 2016 the school won the Division III football championship. Three years later, the National Collegiate Athletic Association took the title away, as Fox News reports, “because the head coach let a player use his car for more...
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The NBA’s Teaching Moment on Totalitarianism


Communist tyrannies such as China do not allow free speech, free assembly, and certainly no right to keep and bear arms.

Ken Burns, “Country Music,” and the PBS Two-Step


Ken Burns’ marathon “Country Music” documentary series did not air on CMT, a pay channel owned by Viacom Media Networks.

Children’s Crusade of UN Global Climate Week Gets a Cold Shot


For a different take on climate, have a look at Lowell Ponte’s 1976 The Cooling: Has the Next Ice Age Begun? Can We Survive it?

Blazing Blaster Buyback BS


Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is pushing “mandatory buybacks of certain semi-automatic weapons.”

Diversity Rankings Hold Deep Meaning for the University of California, the State, and the Nation


Californians passed the California Civil Rights Initiative, Proposition 209 in 1996. Opponents argued that the measure would end minority representation, but that turned out to be wrong. 

Outgoing University of California President Janet Napolitano Was More Politician than Educator


If students, parents, and taxpayers see Janet Napolitano’s departure as long overdue, it would be hard to blame them. 

Federal Emergency Bureaucracy Displays More Corruption Inherent in the System


If the president ever gets around to slimming down the bloated federal government, FEMA would be a good place to start. 

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