CAGW Releases September 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 14, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its September 2016 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 September edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

A Pathway to Change at the IRS

By Deborah Collier

Because of the delicate, private, and proprietary nature of information provided by individuals and businesses to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on tax returns, audits are an inherently governmental function that should be conducted solely by government employees.  Read the full story here.

Return to Sender: The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

By Rachel Cole

Even to the most neutral observer, the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) financial condition is dire.  Regardless of how the USPS arrived at this position, there is a broad consensus that reform is needed.  Read the full story here.

Waste Proliferates Inside the EPA in 2016

By Curtis Kalin

No department or agency in the federal government is immune from the bureaucratic toxin of waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  Ironically, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is responsible for cleaning up all kinds of sewage, sludge, and foul matter, has consistently been one of the most wasteful agencies.  Read the full story here.

Taxes on Ashes: California’s Proposition 56

By Andrew Nehring

As the legislative session comes to an end in California, the government’s addiction to regressive tax policies has not.  Read the full story here.

A Penny, a Nickel, and a Dollar Walk Into a Bar…

By William M. Christian

The dire fiscal circumstances facing the country are enough to drive Americans to drink.  But when it comes to the billions of dollars that could be saved for taxpayers, currency modernization represents a much-needed tonic, as well as a partial cure for the spending-like-drunken-sailors hangover that seriously threatens the country’s well-being.  Read the full story here.

America’s Longest War: On Poverty

By Rachel Cole

The War on Poverty, more costly than all wars since the American Revolution combined, has failed to substantially reduce, much less eliminate, poverty in the United States.  Read the full story here.

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