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“Bunks for Drunks:” The Real Cost of Seattle’s Social Experiment

If one lives in Seattle, there are clean, furnished apartments in the downtown area for less than $200 a month. It’s a great deal, with one catch: in order to move in, one has to be an alcoholic.

CAGW Staff June 30, 2007
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Tidbits

Congressman Kanjorski (D-Pa.) joins a mushrooming list of members of Congress whose earmarking habits are getting a lot of media attention.  Over an eight-year period, Rep. Kanjorski steered $10 million in earmarked federal funding (from the Energy...

Leslie Paige May 31, 2007
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‘F’ is for Farm Subsidy

In anticipation in the next few weeks of markup of Title I farm subsidy programs in the House Agriculture Committee, CAGW released Making the Grade: CAGW’s Report Card on Farm Bill “Reform” Proposals. 

CAGW Staff May 31, 2007
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Taxpayers 1, Rep. Obey 0

When House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) announced his plans to wait until closed-door conference committee meetings between the House and Senate to insert earmarks into spending bills, he declared, “I don’t give a damn if...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2007
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Murtha Intel Earmark Dispute

Representative John ‘Jack’ Murtha (D-Pa.) has long been known inside the beltway for using threats, power plays, and backroom deals to control spending decisions.  Now the American public has been treated to a view of the congressman’s strong-arm...

CAGW Staff April 30, 2007
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Michigan’s Bold iPod Plan

Michigan’s budget deficit recently surpassed the $1 billion dollar mark.  With tax revenues being steady, the only conceivable reason for the budget deficit is out-of-control spending.  On April 5, Michigan House Democrats issued an education plan...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2007
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Real ID Nightmare

George Orwell’s 1984 provided a chilling look into a future of a Big Brother government obsessed with control and surveillance of the populace.  Even though he brilliantly chronicled the trials and tribulations of Winston Smith, Orwell left out one...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2007
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Budget Showdown in Georgia

Unless they get their act together, House Republicans in Georgia could lose their power just as fast as they acquired it.  After 130 years of Democratic dominance in the state legislature, a Republican majority was elected in 2006, but the members...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2007
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Rep. Boyda Imprisons Taxpayer Money for Museum

Rep. Nancy Boyda (D-Kansas) deserves to “do some time” for her theft from the taxpayers of $100,000 for an egregious earmark she added to the 2008 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Act.  The Kansas Regional Prisons...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2007
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Solar Wall Symbolizes Failed Energy Policies

Congress and President Bush may revive a plan to build a giant solar panel system on the headquarters of the Department of Energy (DoE).  Intended to symbolize the government’s commitment to clean energy, the so-called “sun wall” instead shines a...

CAGW Staff March 15, 2007
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Deval Patrick's Pork-Barrel Politics

When Governor Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) campaigned for the office, he pledged to change Beacon Hill’s “politics as usual.”  Unfortunately for the taxpayers of Massachusetts, his three month term has been anything but. 

CAGW Staff February 28, 2007
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Tis the Season for Government Negligence

When the government tries to play Santa Claus, bad things happen.  The Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) allows certain charitable organizations exclusive access to federal workplaces to solicit contributions from employees.  The contributions can be...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2006

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