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Seattle's Plastic Straw Ban is Unnecessary and Counterproductive

On July 1, 2018, plastic straws will be banned in Seattle.  No more will children be able to use the straw included with their juice box; no more will a couple on a date be able to order one drink with two plastic straws; you’ll have to navigate the ice in that vodka on the rocks without the benefit of a plastic straw.

NYT Is Completely Wrong on Internet Freedom

The New York Times’ April 30 editorial on the effort by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to restore internet freedom gets everything wrong, particularly the claim that giving something for free as an inducement to sell services is somehow bad for consumers and small businesses.

What’s Longer: TSA Lines or TSA Employee Retention?

This month, CAGW named Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson June’s Porker of the Month. The decision was a no-brainer, as he is the man behind the “nightmarish” Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines across the country. While the agency claims things are getting better, there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

New Regulations for the Unaffordable Care Act

Since it was signed into law on March 23, 2010, the $1.2 trillion Affordable Care Act (ACA) has proven unaffordable for a large percentage of Americans.  To escape the high costs, many individuals have sought relief in the form of short-term coverage plans.

Next on Hotel Hell: City of Baltimore

For eight consecutive years, the city-owned and operated Hilton Baltimore has lost money, $5.2 million in 2015.

State AGs Attack First Amendment

Last March, Citizens Against Government Waste wrote in its monthly newsletter, WasteWatcher, that scientists, engineers, and economists have and are continuing to push back against the anthropogenic (man-made) global warming hypothesis.  In other words, the science is definitely not settled and much more research must be done before governments spend trillions of tax dollars on inefficient alternative energy sources such as wind and solar while limiting access to energy derived from fossil fuels.

Night of the Walking Corporate Welfare

It’s similar to a zombie movie: just when you thought they were gone, they come lumbering back in their inexorable (and voracious) death march.  Case in point: the Export-Import Bank died in June, but, like most zombies, it didn’t stay dead. A provision in the gas-guzzling Highway Bill, signed by Obama last Friday, December 4, 2015, will revive the bank until 2019.  A well-heeled coalition of corporate interests lobbied for this unholy revival of the bank, which uses taxpayer money to subsidize foreign companies and governments buying American goods.

“I Am Sorry, This is Silly”

On Wednesday, December 2, the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Federal Lands held a hearing on a draft bill entitled the “National Park Service Centennial Act.” The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the legislation, which would establish a fund in the Treasury to finance signature projects and programs for the National Park System’s (NPS) 100th anniversary in 2016.

October - What A Month for Obamacare

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly known as Obamacare, did not have a very good October and it will only get worse for the President’s vaunted healthcare “reform” plan.  Temporary walls that were built to protect Obamacare from market forces and normal consumer responses are starting to collapse.

Judge Tells Federal Agency to Obey the Law for Drug Discount Program

On October 14, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) interpretive rule that ordered pharmaceutical manufacturers to provide substantial drug discounts under the 340B program for orphan drugs that were used off-label.  The agency had first written a proposed rule in 2011 that was in clear violation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, and had stubbornly fought to implement it.

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