CAGW Releases February 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 18, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its February WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its February edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Obamacare’s Cerberus

By Elizabeth Wright

In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, was signed into law.  The debate over controversial Obamacare initiatives is ongoing, particularly whether the law will lead to rationing and price-controls that are seen in single-payer or government-run healthcare systems.  Read the full story here.

Status Quo for Obama’s Last Budget

By Sean Kennedy

The record-setting $4 trillion budget proposed by President Obama for fiscal year 2017, released on February 9, 2016 contains the usual suspect spending suggestions that he has made for the past seven years, along with a list of proposed cuts. Read the full story here.

Solar Wars: The Revenge of the Subsidies

By Andrew P. Nehring

Those who have followed the solar energy debate may be the only ones aware of “net metering.” For everyone else, it is worth understanding what it means and how it works.  Read the full story here.

Spring Cleaning at the Federal Government

By Deborah Collier

Like many people who have overstuffed closets, cupboards, and garages filled with items they don’t remember buying, never needed, and never used, the federal government has a large inventory of useless things in storage that it didn’t need and doesn’t use.  While the government can’t exactly sort its enormous inventory into boxes, it can and should keep better track of the inventory it has purchased, as well as how these items are used.  Read the full story here.

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For: USPS Vehicle Procurement

By Rachel Cole

In 1987, U2 released “The Joshua Tree,” which included the popular single, “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”  It was also the last year that the United States Postal Service (USPS) purchased vehicles, which were supposed to “last a lifetime.”  Read the full story here.

Flying High(er): Much-Needed Aviation Infrastructure Reform on the Horizon

By William M. Christian

Thanks to some thoughtful leadership on Capitol Hill, the skies could soon get a little friendlier for the travelling public and taxpayers, if innovations envisioned for the aviation industry come to fruition as the result of legislation being considered over the next several weeks.  Read the full story here.

Rethinking the War on Poverty

By Curtis Kalin

Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) convened a summit of top conservative thinkers and presidential candidates to showcase free-market alternatives to fighting poverty in the United States.  Read the full story here.

AllVid Not All It’s Cracked Up To Be

By Deborah Collier

After imposing antiquated Title II regulations on the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to take the next step in regulating every aspect of telecommunications.  Read the full story here.

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