The Swine Line: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The Swine Line

The Swine Line 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.


Intellectual Property Rights Fuel the Economy

On December 6, 2016, the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) issued a report highlighting the economic impact copyright industries have on the economy.  These industries include producers and distributors of books, journals, movies, music, software, and video games.

FCC Moves Headlong into Free Data Investigation

In the latest net neutrality salvo, the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Wireless Bureau has upped the ante on its investigation into free data plans offered by wireless providers on December 1, 2016.  At the core of the investigation is whether free data services offered to consumers violate net neutrality rules. 

Tom Price is Right

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Doctor Tom Price (R-Georgia) to be the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his administration.  This is an excellent choice.

President Trump Must Submit Paris Climate Agreement to the Senate

On November 14, President Obama made the following remarks in a press conference before his final foreign trip.  When asked about legal constraints placed on him by Congress (specifically with respect to prisoners housed at Guantanamo Bay and his belief that the limitations were unconstitutional), he said, “One of the things you discover about being President is that there are all these rules and norms and laws, and you got to pay attention to them.

Obamacare Obituary

The Affordable Care Act of Washington, D.C., lovingly known as Obamacare, was born on March 23, 2010 and after a long illness, left this Earth on November 8, 2016.  Beloved policy of President Barack Obama, it is also survived by Senator Harry Reid (D-Nev.), and former-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).  After a long illness and being on life support for several months, the American people ordered all life-saving measures to be stopped to allow it to die peacefully.  Ever increasing premiums, sky-high deductibles, and insurers dropping out of the marketplace exchanges were more than it co

Some Good News on Drug Prices

We have read a lot about high drug prices in the news lately and how politicians, including presidential candidates former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have called for the government to “negotiate” drug prices.  But the government doesn’t negotiate drug prices.  Instead, they use price controls to lower costs, which distorts the marketplace and stifles pharmaceutical research and development.  The problems that develop with price controlling anything, including drugs, have been explained in Citizens Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) recent report, “

FedRAMP Four Years Later

On June 6, 2012, the Federal Risk Assessment Management Program (FedRAMP) began accepting applications from cloud service providers and federal agencies to obtain authorization to operate (ATO) cloud services within the federal government.  On October 27, 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) announced it will begin an audit of the program to measure its progress, strengths and weaknesses.

Obamacare’s Sky-High 2017 Rates are Finally Announced

Reports have been popping up since the summer that the 2017 premium rates for Obamacare would be increasing – by a lot.  In addition, for more than a year, insurers have been announcing they will no longer participate in many of the Obamacare exchanges.

Wireless Tax Burdens Continue to Grow

In December 2005, there were 207.9 million wireless subscriber connections in the U.S.  As of the end of December 2015, that number had grown to 377.9 million wireless subscribers, a gain of more than 170 million over the ten-year period.  Today’s mobile devices and services provide much more than just the ability to make a phone call.  As new generations of mobile services have continued to innovate, wireless devices can now access email, text, and data allowing consumers to communicate

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