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.


NYT Is Completely Wrong on Internet Freedom

The New York Times’ April 30 editorial on the effort by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai to restore internet freedom gets everything wrong, particularly the claim that giving something for free as an inducement to sell services is somehow bad for consumers and small businesses.

Trade Negotiations Should Review Findings of Special 301 Report

During President Trump’s campaign and throughout his first 100 days in office, there was a great deal of discussion about tearing up or renegotiating various trade agreements, especially the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) among the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.  President Trump announced on April 27, 2017 that instead of withdrawing from NAFTA, as he often suggested during the campaign, he would instead renegotiate the agreement.  While the President may be focused on what he views as unfair trade practices and their impact on jobs, he must not forget about intellectual property (IP) rights.

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

By Sean Kennedy

WasteWatcher, April 2017

Free File Should Remain Free

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, April 2017

Members of Congress and big-government advocates who believe bureaucrats know best just cannot tolerate private sector success.  For example, the well-established and popular Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program, which provides taxpayers that make under $64,000 annually with an option of 12 tax preparation companies to file their taxes at no cost, is under attack.

Income Share Agreements: Venture Capital for College Students

By William M. Christian

WasteWatcher, April 2017

To get the gist of an “income share agreement” (ISA), look no further than the title of Kim Clark’s November 16, 2016 article in Money magazine:  “Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College.”  As Clark describes it:

NFL Hits the Taxpayer-Funding Jackpot in Vegas

By Curtis Kalin

Wastewatcher, April 2017

A Dopey Policy

By Elizabeth Wright

April 2017 WasteWatcher

Currently, 26 states and the District of Columbia allow either medical and/or recreational marijuana.  The January 23, 2017 edition of Westword reported that 11 additional states are considering legalizing recreational marijuana this year.

Step Back, Doors Closing: D.C.’s Subway Debacle

By Rachel Cole

WasteWatcher, April 2017

FedRAMP Gets a ReVAMP

By Deborah Collier

WasteWatcher, April 2017

The need to modernize federal information technology (IT) is being taken seriously by the Trump administration.  One of the President’s early White House appointments was for Reed Cordish to become Assistant to the President for Intragovernmental and Technology Initiatives.  He has also created the White House Office of Innovation, headed by Senior Advisor Jared Kushner, and has met with more than 100 business leaders and government officials to discuss issues related to technology. 

Maryland's Boondoggle Inn

By Andrew Nehring

WasteWatcher, April 2017

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