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Stay Vigilant!

In today’s Congressional Quarterly, the headline reads, “Senate Democrats Weigh Sequester-Replacement Plans for September Votes” immediately followed by “the White House tries to broker a bipartisan budget deal with a small group of Republicans.”

Ho Hum

Yesterday, the President traveled to Tennessee to discuss his “new” proposal for spurring on the economy and creating jobs.  He proposes to lower the corporate tax rate and simplify the tax code by closing tax “loopholes.”  Currently, the federal tax rate in the U.S.

I See Dead People

A Government Accountability Office report released June 28 has an eye catching headline, “USDA Needs to Do More to Prevent Improper Payments to Deceased Individuals.”  Yup, here we go again, our government using our tax dollars to pay dead people.

Gridlock is Good

Last week, the NBC News and the WSJ released a poll on Congress’s and President Obama’s approval ratings.  The Wall Street Journal states, “Rising frustration over partisan gridlock in Washington has damaged faith both in President Barack Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill, with disapproval of Congress hitting an all-time high.”  According the results, some 56% of the adults polled believe that Congress has been too inflexible in dealing with the president.  But in the same poll, some 48% of the pa

A Big Nuthin Burger

Yesterday and today, the President pivoted for the 19th time to the economy and gave a one hour-plus speech on the economy.  On Wednesday, his first stop was Knox College in Illinois where he gave a commencement address in 2005.  Many news reports prior to the event predicted the President wouldn’t come up with any new policies.  They were right.  Here are some reactions from the papers:

Flying High on the Tax Payers

I am one who appreciates our military and wants it to be strong and effective.  Under our Constitution, one of the main purposes of the federal government is to “provide for the common defense.”  But that does not mean that Congress and the Defense Department cannot root out wasteful spending.  Here is a good example of a problem that represents how difficult it is to cut the size of our government and why the sequester provides one way to

Put On the Daddy Pants

Politico Pro, a Washington D.C.-based policy magazine, recently wrote a piece entitled, “The Sequester’s Slow Burn,” by Darren Samuelsohn.   He starts off by saying, “So the era of sequestration has meant furloughs for more than 800,000 workers and entire agencies are shuttered for days – and those were the easy cuts.  There are nine more years of budget austerity to go and that means the federal government must dig in much tougher places to find savings – like forcing early retirements for work

Bottom Feeders Take a Bite Out of the Farm Bill

On June 10, 2013 the Senate passed its version of the Farm Bill, which included provisions to operate catfish inspections by the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Boneheaded Bonuses and Boondoggles

Just when you thought the IRS had been properly chastised and humbled for its egregious behavior with respect to its over-the-top spending on training conferences, some $50 million between 2010 and 2012, the agency is now preparing to hand out $70 million in bonus money to its employees.  This is being done in spite of the fact that in April, the

"Campaign to Cut Waste" Falls Short

On June 13, 2011, President Obama issued Executive Order No.

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