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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

Time to Act on IG Recommendations

The House and Senate (after four years) Budget Committees will mark up the fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget resolution next week.  Budget resolutions provide spending limits for each budget account, leaving specific policy decisions to authorization and appropriations committees.  That does preclude suggestions for how to save money; in particular, both budget resolutions should call for the implementation of open recommendations from federal agency inspectors general (IGs).  According to a March 5 

Snow-quester: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to (Work?)

In 2010, Washingtonians lived through Snowmageddon.  Some referred to it as the Snowpocalypse.  Today, the federal government was “Snow-questered.”

The Case Against Keystone XL Gets Weaker

Late Friday afternoon, right around when most people likely tuned out and stopped reading the news, the State Department released a report stating that the Keystone XL Pipeline would have little impact on climate change.  Needless to say, this deals a major blow to one of the main groups opposing the pipeline.

Delivering a Turnaround to the Postal Service

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is broken. It is fixable. As currently operated it attempts to survive in the unfriendly environment of 21st century communications with 18th century methods. It is time to make a change, a leap, and move to an innovative platform supported by current technology that will result not only in improved service levels but perpetual break-even operations without additional cost or taxpayer support.

Seven minutes!

According to an article in The Washington Times, that’s the amount of time the President gave Republican leaders in Congress this week to discuss the sequester.  Now they plan to meet again on Friday, March 1.  That also happens to be the day the sequester takes effect.  Wow!  How does the president find the time to engage in such a conversation?  One just has to look at his schedule for the week to see how

Congress Sets Its Eyes on IT Acquisition Reform

On February 27, 2013, the House Committee on Government Reform held its second hearing on information technology (IT) acquisition reform.  According to an article in Nextgov, legislation proposed by the Committee could be the largest overhaul of IT acquisition since 1996.

Prime Cuts 2013

On the eve of sequestration, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) today released Prime Cuts 2013, our annual comprehensive list of spending cuts.  This publication is useful at any time; it is of particular importance when Congress and President Obama are facing multiple crucial budget decisions.

What If You Manufactured a Crisis, and No One Panicked?

On Friday, March 1st, 2013, the Second Mayan Apocalypse will occur – or so President Obama might have you believe.  That is the day when the budget sequestration – the failsafe mechanism of forcing cuts to federal outlays, cuts deemed to be so drastic in their consequences that certainly no one would allow them to actually occur, but agreed to nonetheless during the 2011 budget negotiations – will finally take effect.  To hear the president tell it, life as we know it will cease to exist.  Well, he doesn’t go quite that far, but he does draw a drastic picture.

The Madness of King Barack?

Washington Post Associate Editor and uber-journo Bob Woodward has been blurting out all kinds of cogent things lately, most of it is giving the White House fits. But he is saying what many people are thinking. To
wit: What the hell is the President doing?

(Woodward is as we speak being slowly turned over the left-wing, big government, spend-it-all editorial spit, roasted over hot coals for being that most heinous of creatures, in their view, the dreaded ³deficit hawk.²)

It’s Getting Scary Out There…

We just received a copy of Organizing for Action’s email to their supporters.

This group is the president’s restructured re-election operation, still carrying on his never-ending campaign.  Stephanie Cutter, President Obama’s former Deputy Campaign Manager, warns the reader that there is a good chance you, yes YOU, will be “directly affected by the disastrous budget cuts scheduled to take place Friday.”


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