General Waste

Possessed by Pensions: Impending Union Bailouts

With Halloween around the corner, teenagers and adults alike will dust off classic scary movies, ranging from the comical (Ghostbusters) to the terrifying (The Exorcist).  They may have seen these movies dozens of times, but they continue to be surprised and still jump at the sight of these demonic possessions when young Regan “spider-crawls” down the stairs of her mother’s Georgetown home or ghosts terrorize New York City.  Like these and other scary movies, Congress is on the verge of yet another horror show that has been seen too many times:  a taxpayer-funded bailout.

A Cure for Electoral Depression: Focus Final 2016 Presidential Debate on Policy Solutions

In a recent poll, a sizable portion of young Americans said they would rather vote for a giant meteor to strike the Earth over either of the two presidential candidates.  There might be a reason for such a dark and depressing result.  The first two presidential debates have utterly failed to discuss important issues facing the nation with any depth, choosing to focus on shenanigans instead of substance. 

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.

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.

VP Debate Preview: Wasteful Spending Rating of the 2016 Vice Presidential Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
October 4, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – In preparation for tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate, the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) today released its congressional ratings for the Democratic Vice Presidential nominee, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), and the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.).

CAGW Blasts Rep. Rooney’s Scheme to Resurrect Corruptive Earmarks

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 30, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) slammed Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.) for his push to bring wasteful and corruptive earmarks back to Congress.

CAGW Names Gov. Charlie Baker September Porker of the Month

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
August 29, 2016  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) its September Porker of the Month for signing into law a destructive and foolish tax on citizens who use ride-sharing apps in order to bailout the stalled taxi industry.

Farewell CO-OP Number 17

In an August 3, 2016 NJBiz article, the headline blared “N.J. rules helped guide Health Republic to success as Obamacare co-op!" The article goes on to praise the fact that Health Republic was “one of the seven health insurance co-ops still standing” and that its stability had a lot to do with the fact that “New Jersey’s 1992 health care reform laws were similar to the current Affordable Care Act, and allowed both insurers and actuaries to draw from prior experience to create health plans and pricing.”  The article contends that New Jersey's CO-OP is a great success story.

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:

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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.