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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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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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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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Obama’s $106 Billion War Supplemental

On April 9, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a summary of the administration’s proposed fiscal year 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act, stating that it “is the last planned war supplemental.”  In the bill, President Obama...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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British Expense Scandal Should be Lesson for U.S. Lawmakers

The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) in Great Britain was founded in 2004 by Andrew Allum, Matthew Elliott and Florence Heath to “represent taxpayers and to fight for lower taxes.”  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has been working with the...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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Healthcare Reform: A Pricey Prescription

President Obama promised this would be the year of health care reform, but many are bracing for what this “reform” could really mean.  After much anticipation, Democrats have started to unveil their healthcare reform plans, revealing new policy...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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California’s $7 Billion Bailout?

When Congress debates California’s requested $7 billion bailout, instead of looking at the benefits it could bring California, they first need to look at the source of the problem and understand the reasons why the state is in such trouble. ...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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Public vs. Private: May the Best Contractor Win

The government should not compete with its citizens; it should rely on the private sector for commercially-available goods and services.  This is a common-sense idea: allow individuals, small businesses, and entrepreneurial companies to contract...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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A “Generic” Call for Change

As Congress braces for the largest reform of healthcare in the nation’s history, lost in the debate has been an issue critical to federal and state healthcare budgets, as well as the ability of consumers to afford lifesaving drugs.  The issue is...

Thomas Schatz May 31, 2009
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Obama Administration Proposal Would Cost U.S. Jobs

The Obama administration keeps coming forward with proposals that would undermine the economic recovery even as it claims to be trying to save it.  At least $1 trillion has been spent to supposedly “stimulate” the economy and the budget deficit is...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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Stimulating the Dead

When the federal government decided to spend $787 billion to stimulate the economy in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), most Americans understood, contrary to most of the tough talk about accountability and transparency,...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009

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