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Economic Crisis, Congressional Reward

With the economy in recession, a national debt of $10.6 trillion, and a record estimated deficit of $1.2 trillion for the fiscal year, it seems a strange time for Congress to be receiving a raise, yet that is exactly what is scheduled to happen as...

December 31, 2008
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Old Porkers Learn New Tricks

On September 24, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2009 Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 392-39.  The Senate will approve the legislation as well.  It includes more than $600 billion for national security programs in the...

August 31, 2008
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Embattled Doan Cuts Waste

The General Services Administration (GSA) is often called “the government’s landlord.”  It is responsible for the upkeep of the government’s 8,600 buildings.  The agency has a $66 billion budget and 12,000 employees, and its current administrator is...

November 30, 2007
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Waste on a Plane

According to a September 28, 2007 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, federal employees have been flying first and business classes more than they should.  The GAO reviewed credit card records for air travel purchases of federal employees...

September 30, 2007
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Read Our Lips: No New Internet Taxes

In the fall of 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act put a moratorium on discriminatory and multiple Internet taxes on electronic commerce and access taxes at the federal, state, and local levels.  With large bipartisan support, the ban was extended in...

August 31, 2007
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Abstinence of Logic

Abstinence education is not just for teenagers anymore. In a strange shift in guidelines for grant awards, the government’s official message of no sex prior to marriage will be directed at single individuals up to 29 years old.  Hypothetically, this...

November 30, 2006
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FEMA and Trading Spaces

When a participant goes on the popular Learning Channel show Trading Spaces, they have two days to redesign a room in the home of a friend or family member.  They must remain under budget throughout the process.  Conversely, when FEMA decides to...

October 31, 2006
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College Town Poverty – Ramen Noodles AGAIN?

It’s an early afternoon on a crisp fall day in an average college town.  In preparation for the game, young professionals are piling into local bars and restaurants to see their alma mater play.  The late risers are lining up at the numerous...

September 30, 2006
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Taxpayers Get Railroaded

In an emergency supplemental appropriations bill designed to provide $92 billion for the war on terror and hurricane relief, Mississippi Senators Trent Lott (R) and Thad Cochran (R) added $700 million to relocate newly repaired railroad tracks.  The...

March 31, 2006

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