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Yucca - Law = Expensive Black Hole

Yesterday, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), a member of the Senate Finance Committee, visited and took questions regarding the sequester from the leadership at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) located in Rockville, MD.  The agency is charged with regulating civilian use of nuclear power and according to the Senator’s press release, the NRC had to take a $52 million cut to its FY13 budget due to sequestration.

He told the employees:

Will Earmarks Make a Comeback?

In today’s (August 26, 2013 ) National Journal, there is a column by Fawn Johnson entitled, “Does the Earmark Moratorium Hurt Congress?” (The National Journal is a subscription service and I think you might still see it, but if not I describe it anyway.)

Back in Black

Senator Coburn (R-OK) and his staff have been leaders in fighting a bloated federal government, rife with waste, fraud, and abuse.  His office has produced several reports on where spending could be cut in the federal government and would certainly help return its role back to what it was envisioned to be – small with limited powers.  Our Founding Fathers’ vision is ably described by Thomas Jefferson in his First Inaugural Ad

The New Normal?

What is becoming increasingly clear is the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as Obamacare, is changing and will change how Americans work.  Here are some examples.

Obamacare: Defund or Delay?

Before the 113th Congress left town in early August for their five-week “summer recess,” they kicked yet another can down the road.  On the one hand, it wasn’t time-sensitive enough that action couldn’t wait until their return on September 9.  On the other, because of the hoopla surrounding it before their departure, they left themselves open to potential criticism when facing their constituents back home over the break.

And More Costly Duplication

As part of a continuing series, CAGW will be providing you examples of duplication and overlap within the federal government that has been researched by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

Lame Brain Drain

I am not suggesting that the Congressional staffers who may be seeking greener career pastures (due to changes in health care benefits) are “lame brains;” however, if they are responsible for most of the madness that emanates from Capitol Hill, I may have to reassess.  Rather, the much-ballyhooed, “sky-is-falling” brouhaha over the potential for intellectual flight from the Senate and House office buildings is itself a bit lame.

It is None of Their Damn Business!

Last month the New Jersey Comptroller released a report on widespread fraud in their state’s school lunch program.  More than 100 people on public payrolls, or members of their family, lied about their income in order to get their children on the free school lunch program.  One school board member did not report any of her substitute teaching salary as required when filling out an application form to participate in the program.  In response when asked why, she told investigators “It is none of their damn bu

The White House Office of Nudging

There have been a series of news reports of a new project underway in the White House led by Maya Shankar, Senior Advisor for Social & Behavioral Sciences within the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  According to a column written by David Martosko in the U.K.’s Mail OnLine , “her mandate is to supervise the organization of a federal government ‘nudge squad’ that will subtly change the behaviors of bureaucrats – and the rest of us.

The Article 1 President

All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.

As the U.S. Constitution clearly states, it is the Legislative Branch that writes law.  The role of the Executive Branch and the president is to enforce the laws.  But disturbingly, the Obama Administration has changed another provision in Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

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