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OMB Plays Three Card Monte With Deficit Numbers

As a rite of August when the nation’s capital moves slowly, official Washington plays an interesting game of re-estimating the budget deficit.  It is known as the Mid-Session Budget Review and both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009
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Public Outrage Grounds Congressional Jets

In 2005, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) tried to fund the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere,” which would have connected the mainland of Alaska to an island of only 50 people.  After the bridge became the “poster child” for pork and taxpayers expressed their...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009
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OMB Plays Three Card Monte With Deficit Numbers

As a rite of August when the nation’s capital moves slowly, official Washington plays an interesting game of re-estimating the budget deficit.  It is known as the Mid-Session Budget Review and both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009
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The Devil is in the Details of the Healthcare Bills, Or Not

President Obama and congressional Democrats have been playing defense on healthcare reform throughout the month of August as congressional town hall meetings across the country have erupted in anger and frustration.  A favorite theme in the...

Leslie Paige July 31, 2009
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Salvage the Good from the Healthcare Debacle

The healthcare reform juggernaut, arguably the most radical attempt to remake the economy and the nation’s healthcare infrastructure in history, was supposed to have flown through Congress before the August recess with nary a peep.  Instead, as...

Thomas Schatz July 31, 2009
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Let the Sun Shine In on How The Government Spends Your Money

The nation just marked the six-month anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus law, that Congress passed hurriedly in February.  Billions of our hard-earned tax dollars were injected into the ailing economy.  ...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009
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Fahrenheit 451 Redux at the EPA

In legendary science fiction writer Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, the government suppressed independent thought and analysis for the good of the people.  It was better to keep the populace ignorant of differing opinions than to...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009
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Update on CAGW’s FOIA Project

On May 12, 2009 Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) undertook an ambitious project to find out if members of Congress were trying to influence how the funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka economic stimulus bill,...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009
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Will Obama’s IGs Be Blood Hounds or Lap Dogs?

Federal statutes currently allow for 69 inspectors general (IG) at all cabinet departments, large agencies and other designated federal entities.  These offices are charged with overseeing how tax dollars are spent.  Since they are, in effect, “...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009
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Beach Houses: Owned By the Rich, Paid For By Everyone

Washington’s next fiscal giveaway: a bailout for wealthy homeowners living along risky, hurricane-prone coastlines.  Attempting to find a solution to rising homeowners’ insurance rates, the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009
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Update on CAGW’s FOIA Project

On May 29, 2009 Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released a Wastewatcher describing the current status of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that were released on May 12, 2009.  The purpose of the FOIA requests is to highlight...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009
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PASS ID

In 2005, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) put on a full court press to stop the implementation of the REAL ID Act.  After being attached to a supplemental appropriations bill and being voted on without hearings or any debate, REAL ID was...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2009

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