The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.




Debt Watch

Most mundane procedural actions by Congress are not worthy of a headline or even a WasteWatcher article, but the raising of the debt ceiling will surely cause taxpayers to howl.

U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact

The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that Google Inc. struck with authors and publishers over the rights to distribute digital copies of certain works, according to people familiar with the matter.

If It Ain’t Broke, Why “Neutralize” It?

On September 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules for broadband providers.  The so-called “net neutrality” policy is anything but neutral; it would allow for government regulation and intervention in the broadband industry and would prevent wireless companies from managing traffic on the Internet.

Restricting Sugar Imports, Hidden Tax Increases, and Just Plain Waste

The antiquated U.S. sugar program continues to cause trouble for American companies, consumers and taxpayers.  While supporters of the program have always tried to claim that it doesn’t cost taxpayers any money, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the highly restrictive import quota already costs U.S. consumers as much as $1.9 billion annually, which is nothing more than a sugar consumer tax.

Public Outrage Grounds Congressional Jets

In 2005, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) tried to fund the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” which would have connected the mainland of Alaska to an island of only 50 people.  After the bridge became the “poster child” for pork and taxpayers expressed their disdain, funding for the “Bridge to Nowhere” was eliminated. 

Let the Sun Shine In on How The Government Spends Your Money

The nation just marked the six-month anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus law, that Congress passed hurriedly in February.  Billions of our hard-earned tax dollars were injected into the ailing economy.  In that mad rush, we were told there wasn’t time to work out all the details.

Salvage the Good from the Healthcare Debacle

The healthcare reform juggernaut, arguably the most radical attempt to remake the economy and the nation’s healthcare infrastructure in history, was supposed to have flown through Congress before the August recess with nary a peep.  Instead, as Americans have gotten wind of its alarming provisions and exorbitant costs, the plan appears to be fizzling fast in the summer heat.

OMB Plays Three Card Monte With Deficit Numbers

As a rite of August when the nation’s capital moves slowly, official Washington plays an interesting game of re-estimating the budget deficit.  It is known as the Mid-Session Budget Review and both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) take part.  While both review the state of the federal budget and outlook for projected deficits over the next 10 years, they issue very different reports.

OMB Plays Three Card Monte With Deficit Numbers

As a rite of August when the nation’s capital moves slowly, official Washington plays an interesting game of re-estimating the budget deficit.  It is known as the Mid-Session Budget Review and both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) take part.  While both review the state of the federal budget and outlook for projected deficits over the next 10 years, they issue very different reports.

The Devil is in the Details of the Healthcare Bills, Or Not

President Obama and congressional Democrats have been playing defense on healthcare reform throughout the month of August as congressional town hall meetings across the country have erupted in anger and frustration.  A favorite theme in the President’s and his allies’ speeches is that Americans have been manipulated and exploited by opponents of his healthcare initiatives, jack-booted obstructionists who are peddling falsehoods about what is actually in the bills.

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