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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.

Senators Seek Elimination of Wasteful and Overlapping Benefit Payments

On June 6, NBC News and The Wall Street Journal released a poll that showed Americans blame welfare programs more than any other reason for persistent poverty in the United States.   The poll was conducted between May 30 and June 2 and sampled 1,000 adults.

Forever Red in Illinois

As the Illinois legislature winds up the 2013 session by creating a new $750,000 “Forever Green Illinois Program” (it's really there on pp. 8-9 of the 284-page budget bill) that would fund the “maintenance and beautification of greenery,” including grass, weeds, trees, shrubs, bushes, and plants on state or local government property, elected officials should also consider adopting a new official state song:  "Forever Red; I Want to Be, Forever Red."

We Agree with David Axelrod

Every once in a while a politician or political operative says something with which everyone can agree.  So today, for the first time, all of us at CAGW agree with David Axelrod to the extent that he acknowledged that the government is too big.  Obviously we don't agree that the size of the government excuses President Obama from knowing about the IRS scandal and other examples of waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.

The Farmers Love This Bill

“The farmers love this bill,

The farmers love this bill,

High, HIGH, the dairies go,

The farmers love this bill!”

While it’s a tortured version of the original, the verse scribbled above represents a more fitting rendition of the classic nursery rhyme these days, given ongoing congressional action.  Today, the Senate will markup its version (S. 10) of this year’s farm bill, the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2013.  The House of Representatives is expected to follow suit tomorrow.

Because They Could

Americans need to take heed to the shenanigans that the Obama Administration has undertaken in response to the sequester, which began March 1.  Its action in the recent air traffic control episode to slow down air travel demonstrates arrogance and indifference toward the American people.

Never Mind

Yesterday, I blogged about a story in the newspaper Politico that said members of Congress were looking for ways to exempt themselves and their staff from Obamacare.

What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander – NOT!

All you need to do to find out how “wonderful” the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare will be for all of us is to go to the White House Web site.  In almost reverent slogans the Obama Administration claims.

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