General Waste

State AGs Attack First Amendment

Last March, Citizens Against Government Waste wrote in its monthly newsletter, WasteWatcher, that scientists, engineers, and economists have and are continuing to push back against the anthropogenic (man-made) global warming hypothesis.  In other words, the science is definitely not settled and much more research must be done before governments spend trillions of tax dollars on inefficient alternative energy sources such as wind and solar while limiting access to energy derived from fossil fuels.

CAGW Names Sen. Harry Reid March Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
March 22, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) its March Porker of the Month for his blatant blocking of a bipartisan bill designed to empower federal agency inspectors general in their battles against waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.

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

To borrow from (and bifurcate) one of Charles Dickens’ most famous sentences, the current governing environment might be described as “the worst of times … the age of foolishness … the epoch of incredulity … the winter of despair …”  Anyone who remembers the rest of the opening line from A Tale of Two Cities knows that Dickens painted a more balanced picture, referencing also “the best of times … the age of wisdom … the epoch of belief … the spring of hope …”  That upbeat effort notwithstanding, a cup half full does not accurately reflect the state of government spending today.

CCAGW Releases 2015 Congressional Ratings

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

CAGW Releases February 2016 WasteWatcher

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

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

Rethinking the War on Poverty

Last month, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) convened a summit of top conservative thinkers and presidential candidates to showcase free-market alternatives to fighting poverty in the United States.  The Kemp Forum on Expanding Opportunity was named in honor of Speaker Ryan’s political mentor, New York congressman, HUD secretary, and Vice-Presidential candidate, Jack Kemp.  Most of the media coverage marveled at how “wonky” and “low-octane” the event was, compared to the clamor of the 2016 race for the White House.  The underlying message throughout the long policy discussions was that addressing poverty deserves a new approach.

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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.