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.


Healthcare in the Spotlight in the House of Representatives

This week, the U.S. House of Representatives is considering two bills that would alleviate the strain Obamacare has placed squarely on the shoulders of businesses and taxpayers.

The Needy, Greedy City

Mayor Jim Kenney was elected last year with a promise to bring universal prekindergarten to Philadelphia. With no way to pay for it, the Mayor needed a solution. So now, the City of Brotherly Love has implemented the soda tax.

Artists and Composers Say Digital Millennium Copyright Act Isn’t Working

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 gave copyright owners the ability to remove infringing content from the Internet by sending a takedown notice to online providers.  As long as the providers promptly responded, they were assured of broad safe harbor protections from prosecution.  Unfortunately, these takedown notices have not functioned as intended, due to problems with illicit digital files

Can You Repeat That ... Please?

Today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on the National Park Service (NPS) included testimony by Director Jonathan Jarvis and Department of the Interior Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall.  The purpose of the hearing was to examine how the NPS handles cases of misconduct and unethical behavior and it examined serious issues such as sexual harassment.  To say the hearing was eye-opening and disturbing is an understatement.  Little has been done by the NPS to take any disciplin

Stop Making Excuses for Obamacare

The Obamacare insurance exchanges are not functioning according to plan. At the hands of insurers and the flawed six-year-old act, patients, taxpayers, and businesses have been handcuffed into paying increasingly high premiums, are facing less consumer choice in coverage, and Americans are quickly finding health care to be just what the Obama administration has fought against: unaffordable.

Purple Money

The largest public-private partnership (P3) in the U.S. is expected to start construction by the end of the year sits just outside the Capital Beltway in Maryland.  What Maryland calls the Purple Line, we consider a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars.

Time for a Time-Out on Set-Top Box Mandates

It is doubtful the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman thought there would be much concern about his proposed mandates on set-top box standards, which would allow third parties access to program guides and video content without needing to be licensed.  Obviously, he was wrong.

House Budget Committee Hearing on Unauthorized Programs and Mandatory Spending

On June 9, 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on the Budget held a hearing titled, “The Need to Control Automatic Spending and Unauthorized Programs.”  The witnesses included:  the Honorable David Walker, former Comptroller General to the United States; Stuart Butler, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute; and Lily Batchelder, a professor of public policy at the New York University School of Law. 

Next on Hotel Hell: City of Baltimore

For eight consecutive years, the city-owned and operated Hilton Baltimore has lost money, $5.2 million in 2015.

Keeping Internet Governance in the U.S.

On March 14, 2014, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) would not renew its contract to oversee the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in September 2015.  The announcement called into question what governing body would provide the necessary oversight of the organization in order to prevent another government from taking control of the Internet.

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