The Swine Line: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

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The Swine Line is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact

Obamacare’s Sky-High 2017 Rates are Finally Announced

Reports have been popping up since the summer that the 2017 premium rates for Obamacare would be increasing – by a lot.  In addition, for more than a year, insurers have been announcing they will no longer participate in many of the Obamacare exchanges.

Wireless Tax Burdens Continue to Grow

In December 2005, there were 207.9 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S.  As of the end of December 2015, that number had grown to 377.9 million wireless subscribers, a gain of more than 170 million over the ten-year period.  Today’s mobile devices and services provide much more than just the ability to make a phone call.  As new generations of mobile services have continued to innovate, wireless devices can now access email, text, and data allowing consumers to communicate

Medicare Making Improper Payments to Prisoners

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently exposed vulnerabilities that end up costing taxpayers hundreds of billions in wasteful spending due to erroneous and sloppy billing, and outright fraud.

USPS Poorly Manages Owned Properties and Gas Rights

On September 20, 2016, the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report titled “The Oversight of Oil and Gas Mineral Rights.”  The report sought to assess USPS’ oversight of their oil and gas mineral rights.

Morning Joe Is Wrong: Medicare Does Negotiate Drug Prices

Today on the Morning Joe Show, a false narrative was perpetuated: Medicare does not negotiate drug prices.

The show’s eponymous host, Joe Scarborough, called for free-marketers to call Congress and demand that the government negotiate Medicare drug prices.

President Clinton Did Not Say What You Think He Said

There’s been a lot of hoopla about former-President Bill Clinton’s recent criticism of Obamacare and the news media is playing some of the more juicer tidbits.


Clinton/Trump Round 2: Taxpayers Deserve a Policy Debate

Before the first Presidential debate on September 27, 2016, CAGW proposed policy questions that would enlighten taxpayers as to where each candidate stands on critical government waste issues facing the nation. Unfortunately, the debate utterly failed to discuss any of these issues with any depth, choosing to focus on shenanigans instead of substance.

Nothing to See Here. Move Along.

Yesterday, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) finally received an answer from the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics regarding an ethics complaint that we, and nine other signatories, submitted to them more than a year ago.

Transparency Needed at the FCC

There is a problem with transparency at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) relating to the sharing of information with the public on critical regulatory matters under consideration.


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