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.


CAGW to NPS: Show Me the Data

Today, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies marked-up (read and amended) its fiscal year 2017 appropriations bill.

Let the USDA Catfish Inspection Program Off The Hook!

The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) catfish inspection program has already been called out on nine separate occasions, February 2011March 2011May 2012February 2013April 2013April 2014December 2014

Got Some Splainin To Do

Yesterday, May 10, 2016, the House and Energy Commerce Committee released a report, which demonstrates the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt provided false testimony in a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations hearing, “An Overdue Checkup Part II: Examining the ACA's [Affordable Care Act] State Insurance Marketplace

USPS Saves Less than Predicted from POStPlan

A recently released Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) “Post Office Structure Plan” (POStPlan) has failed to achieve the savings first predicted by USPS in 2012.  The POStPlan aspired to save money by reducing the retail hours of 13,000 offices (66 percent of all post offices) and staffing them with non-career or part-time employees; the plan offered reassignment or separation incentives of career employees.

For USPS Inspector General, Everything’s Always Coming Up Roses

On April 18, 2016 the United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a report positing a rosy future for the USPS.

Digital Creativity on World IP Day

As the theme for World IP Day 2016 is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined,” it is a good time to remind everyone who loves music, particularly those who access songs online, that the royalty structure in the United States is out of balance with today’s distribution methods. 

It is likely that very few of the hundreds of millions of people who download songs or otherwise listen to music anywhere around the country are aware that 75 percent of a songwriter’s income is subject to federal government price controls.

Don Quixote Alive and Well at the FCC

Rather than tilting at windmills trying to solve problems that don’t exist, government agencies should proceed with great care before imposing technical mandates on an industry.  Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be taking a “shoot from the hip” approach to regulating, and currently has its sights set on abrogating intellectual property (IP) rights.

We Stand with the Competitive Enterprise Institute

Bravo to the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) for fighting to protect all of our First Amendment rights.  CEI, a well-known Washington, D.C. public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty, filed a response today to a subpoena it received from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker.

UnitedHealthcare Cries Uncle

On Tuesday, April 19, UnitedHealthcare CEO Stephen Hemsley announced that the company would be pulling out of most of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA), or Obamacare, marketplace exchanges.

State AGs Attack First Amendment

Last March, Citizens Against Government Waste wrote in its monthly newsletter, WasteWatcher, that scientists, engineers, and economists have and are continuing to push back against the anthropogenic (man-made) global warming hypothesis.  In other words, the science is definitely not settled and much more research must be done before governments spend trillions of tax dollars on inefficient alternative energy sources such as wind and solar while limiting access to energy derived from fossil fuels

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