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

Government Waste TV

There are more than enough egregious examples of mismanagement and inefficiency to create "Government Waste TV." Unfortunately, no such network exists.  The next best option would be a "Daily Waste" segment on a major network.  While such programming has also not yet been created on a permanent basis, between Monday, March 25 and Friday, March 29, Fox News Channel went where no network has gone before.

Drip Drip Drip

Just like a leaky faucet, more stories are dripping out every day on how Obamacare (Affordable Care Act /ACA) is going to be complicated for people to enroll in it, that it is going to be very messy in 2014 when it officially starts, and that premiums are going to increase – by a lot.  Now comes a 

Sugar! Oh, Help Me, Help Me!

Sugar, Sugar” was the Number One single of 1969.  The Archies, a fictional band comprised of comic book characters, rode the bubblegum hit to even greater fame than they already enjoyed on Saturday morning television.  So, given the ageless nature of these cartoon crooners, I wonder if they could be conjured up today to sing a slightly-tweaked encore.  The new lyrics – sung to the original melody, of course – might sound something like this:


Oh, help me, help me!

Oooo La La

I have friends from New England planning to visit me soon but it looks like their long anticipated visit to the White House will not occur.  Why?  Well, we have all heard the reason.  It's George W. Bush's fault.

IRS Spent $60,000 on Star Trek and Gilligan's Island Parody Videos

If you thought that there couldn't possibly be any other embarrassing details about  federal agency conference spending, I regret to inform you that you were wrong.  It was discovered on Friday, March 22, 2013  that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) spent $60,000 in  2010 on a Star Trek parody video and a Gilligan's Island parody video, which the agency claims were used to help train employees.  The Star Trek video was shown at the opening of a 2010 training and leadership conference, and can be viewed here.

Checking in on contractor waste

In March of 2009, President Obama delivered a speech on procurement at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in which he excoriated the outgoing administration for its irresponsible spending on government contracts.

Business as Usual in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Alaska has long received more than its fair share of federal funding.  Numerous studies throughout the years list the state as the biggest beneficiary of federal spending, receiving more per capita than anywhere else in the country.  The late Senator Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) never apologized for directing money to his home state, and Alaska routinely ranked at the top of Citizens Agains

Sen. Harry Reid Hits a New Low

On Monday evening, March 18, seven U.S. Marines from North Carolina were tragically killed in a training accident at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada. 

The next day, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) took to the floor and said the following:

Obamacare Implementation: Delay and Do a Lot!

In the previous decade, Democrats joked about what they perceived to be Republican obstructionism in the U.S. House of Representatives by invoking the double-entendre epithet, “DeLay and Doolittle.”  These unflattering references applied to the two GOP congressmen, Tom DeLay and John Doolittle, who left office in 2006 and 2008, respectively.

Crisis in Cyprus – A Prologue for US?

No doubt many of you are aware of the financial crisis in Cyprus, a small country in the Mediterranean located near Turkey.  The politicians in Cyprus, in an effort to prevent the country from going into bankruptcy, hatched a plan to seize  – No STEAL – up to ten percent of  the personal bank accounts of its citizens.  Cyprus has very close ties to Greece, one of the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) that have huge debts and are the weakest economic sisters in the Eurozone.


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