CCAGW Denounces Attempt to Resurrect Wasteful JSF Alternate Engine

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
July 17, 2014 Leslie Paige 202-467-5300


CAGW Releases July Wastewatcher Report

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
July 7, 2014  


The Cost of Free

Clay County, Missouri Police Captain Matt Hunter described his department’s new acquisition, a 54,000-pound, 10-foot tall vehicle known as a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle (MRAP), as a “$750,000 machine that we got for absolutely nothing…taxpayers didn’t have to pay anything for it."

The Veterans Administration is a Socialized Healthcare System

Who said the “VA is a socialized healthcare system?”  Or waxed poetically, “I know about a health care system that has been highly successful in containing costs, yet provides excellent care.  And the story of this system’s success provides a helpful corrective to anti-government ideology.  For the government doesn’t just pay the bills in this system — it runs the hospitals and clinics …The system in question is our very own Veterans Health Administration, whose success story is one of the best-kept secrets in the American policy debate?”  Or who declared the VA is a godsend?  And who promised that he’ll “make the VA a leader of national health care reform so that veterans get the best care possible?"

Fatally Long Waits and Red Tape

At the corner of Vermont Avenue and H Street in northwest Washington, D.C., a single structure’s exterior bears a bronze plate engraved with the words “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”  The building is the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the phrase, uttered by President Abraham Lincoln, is the agency’s motto.  Sadly, this goal is not being met, and, disappointingly, it hasn’t been for nearly a decade.

Presumptive Nominee Faces Scrutiny

The leading candidate to replace Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the outgoing Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Army Intelligence Lt. Gen. Mary Legere.  However, she may have a tough confirmation battle on her hands, thanks to longstanding support for a troubled Army intelligence platform, the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A).  The system has been under development for more than a decade, has cost taxpayers approximately $6 billion, and is failing in its primary functions.

CAGW Releases April WasteWatcher Report

For Immediate Release Contact: Alexandra Booze 202-467-5318
April 3, 2014  

CAGW Releases February WasteWatcher

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February 11, 2014 Leslie K. Paige 202-467-5300

Defense Bill: Good, Bad, and Ugly

As taxpayers peruse the Department of Defense (DOD) section of the monolithic Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (H.R. 3547) that funds the federal government through fiscal year (FY) 2014, they will find mixed blessings.

A Bittersweet Victory for CAGW

Ronald Reagan once said, “Government programs, once launched, never disappear.  Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we'll ever see on this earth!”  A corollary to that notion is that in the rare circumstance when a government agency or program disappears, it does not necessarily die.  Such is the case with the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS), a missile defense system long opposed by Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW).


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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.