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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

"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.

Another IRS Box-Office Hit!

We’ve heard a lot about the IRS’s over-the-top targeting and harassment of conservative and tea party groups and how the agency delayed the groups’ applications for non-profit status.  But the hits just keep coming for the IRS.  This past weekend, we were treated to the spectacle of IRS employees doing a tax-payer funded line dance in preparation for a 2010 conference that was held in Anaheim, California.  This episode and other wasteful conference expenditures will be the target of a hearing by the House Oversight and Government Refo

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."

End of the Line for MEADS

The Obama Administration may have just hammered the last nail into the coffin of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

Congress Ends the End of Saturday Delivery

A little-known but costly rider to the fiscal year 2013 continuing resolution has forced the U.S. Postal Service to withdraw its proposal to end Saturday delivery.

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