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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

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

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.

Got jobs?

For all the hand-wringing since March 1 about the sequester and the Obama administration threatening to furlough thousands of federal employees and contractors, thus marking the end of civilization as we know it, you would be happy to know the federal government is still hiring people.

Pay No Attention to Those Political Appointees Behind the Curtain

Recently, the Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard informed readers that President’s Obama’s top political appointees make an average of $142,691 annually.

More Hysterics from Organizing for Action

Just got hold of yet another email from Organizing for Action, President Obama’s perpetual campaign operation, about the sequester.

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