General Waste

Speaker Ryan’s Better Way on Poverty

On June 7, 2016, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) made good on his long-standing commitment to address the pernicious issue of poverty in the United States.  Speaker Ryan joined other House leaders at a drug rehabilitation facility in Southeast Washington, D.C. to unveil their “Better Way” to fight poverty and increase “opportunity and upward mobility."

Social Security Must Avert Identity Theft

In 2015, $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million Americans as a result of identity fraud and 16 percent of complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2014 were related to identity theft.  According to a February 2, 2016 Javelin Strategy and Research study, the success of microchips in credit and checking cards to prevent identity theft have driven criminals to focus on fraud that relies on an individual’s name and other stolen personal information.

Calling a Foul on Taxpayer-Funded Stadiums

State and local governments routinely approve plans to force taxpayers to subsidize professional sports arenas across the country.  In a report released on December 20, 2013, Judith Grant Long, a professor of urban planning at Harvard University, found that taxpayers had doled out $12 billion to fund 51 major sports stadiums between 2001 and 2010, raising many questions about why taxpayers foot the bill for these facilities.

Adiós, Puerto Rico – A Story of Shameless Waste and Inefficiency

Plagued by significant population decline, relocation of businesses, and a crushing debt nearing $72 billion, Puerto Rico is in a fiscal crisis.  With a $2 billion de

CAGW Releases June 2016 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
June 15, 2016  

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

Hailing for Change: Medallions vs. the Marketplace

In the digital age, the monetization of personal assets has become a new phenomenon.  Whether it is renting out the spare bedroom in your house through Airbnb, using your personal vehicle to earn money by transporting people via Uber or Lyft, or even booking a luxury private jet at a fraction of the cost through JetSmarter.

From the Bureaucracy, With Love: Disguised Costs from Federal Agencies

In 1957, Ian Fleming published From Russia, With Love, the fifth book in his series about the suave MI6 agent, James Bond.  In the novel, the Soviet Union’s intelligence agency, led by Colonel Rosa Klebb, sends assassins to disguise themselves as Bond’s allies until Klebb herself leaves Bond’s life hanging by a thread with her poisoned blade.  Like Colonel Klebb, the Obama Administration issues regulations under the guise of protecting Americans against some perceived danger, while in reality, they are toxic weapons used to rob taxpayers of wealth and freedom.

Hensarling: “Economic Growth for All, and Bank Bailouts for None”

On June 7, 2016, with the mantra “Economic Growth for All, and Bank Bailouts for None,” House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) unveiled the key principles of his proposal to replace the Dodd-Frank Act with “real reforms that work,” in a speech to the Economic Club of New York.

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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.