CAGW Releases March 2016 WasteWatcher

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

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its March 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 March edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

The USA Act(s): A Tale of Two Spending Reform Bills

By William M. Christian

A cup half full does not accurately reflect the state of government spending today.  That is, until two refreshing tonics appeared on the drink menu, in the spirit of spending reform bills. Read the full story here.

Obamacare’s Festering Fraud Wound

By Curtis Kalin

On June 25, 2015, President Obama made a bold proclamation regarding his signature healthcare law: “As the dust has settled, there can be no doubt that this law is working.”  He doubled down by adding that it “is working exactly as it's supposed to.”  Ever since the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) became law, President Obama has ignored the panoply of problems that plague the law and the wasteful government agencies it empowered.  Perhaps the most pernicious deficiency of Obamacare is fraud.  Read the full story here.

Privacy in the Digital Age

By Deborah Collier

On February 25, 2016, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the impact of international law on the privacy of information that crosses borders.  However, the discussion at the hearing continually came back to a domestic issue:  the need for Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 (ECPA) in order to address the disparity between ECPA and the changes in technology since the law was enacted.  Read the full story here.

Questionable Justification for Noncompetitive Huey Replacement

By Sean Kennedy

The Air Force currently operates 62 Bell UH-1N Twin Huey helicopters.  The 45 year-old Hueys are the oldest helicopters in the Air Force.  The service first identified the need to replace them in 2004, and now appears to be considering waiving procurement laws requiring competition and using authority under the obscure Economy Act of 1932 to claim there is an urgent national security need to purchase new helicopters.  Read the full story here.

How to Stop the Death Spiral in Puerto Rico

By Rachel Cole

In late June, 2015, Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla said that the island could not meet its obligations to pay off $72 billion in the combined debt of the territorial government and municipalities.  In November 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department agreed that the territory was insolvent.  Garcia Padilla then called the situation a “death spiral” during a hearing on December 1, 2015.  Puerto Rico ended up in this fiscal mess as the result of a growing public sector, shrinking private sector, migrating population, and failure to reduce government spending.  Read the full story here.

Pushing Back on the Global Warming Hypothesis

By Elizabeth Wright

When it comes to global warming, President Obama has often said “the science is settled.”  If that is so then it does not make sense that 300 scientists, engineers, economists, and others sent a letter on January 25, 2016, supporting the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology for their efforts to “ensure that federal agencies complied with federal guidelines that implemented the Data Quality Act” in their examination of a hotly debated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study.  Read the full story here.

Water Wars: The Man-Made Drought

By Andrew P. Nehring

In the summer of 2002, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several other local environmental activist groups in California announced that their solution to the “drought” in California would be to remove 1.3 million acres of farmland from production in the San Joaquin Valley. However, the real objective of their plan was to save a 3-inch long minnow called the Delta Smelt.  Read the full story here.

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