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Congress Plans to Tap Medicare to Pay for Healthcare Reform

The Senate Finance Committee has reported out S. 1796, its version of a health care reform bill.  This was preceded, and indeed made possible, by an estimate from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) that the bill would increase federal government...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2009
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Medicare is Afflicted with Chronic Wasting Disease, and its Catchy

All of the healthcare reform bills currently under consideration depend, to a significant degree, upon eradicating waste and abuse from Medicare in order to offset the costs of the new coverage package.  Squeezing waste out of Medicare is a laudable...

Leslie Paige September 30, 2009
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Healthcare: Everyone Gets a Deal and Taxpayers Get the Tab

No one questions that the nation’s healthcare system is troubled and needs to be fixed.  Typically, Congress would propose legislation to fix the heart of the problem and then cut whatever side deals are needed to pass the legislation.  The Obama...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2009
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Taxpayer Money Flying Out the Door

Even if many Americans don’t think that the stimulus package is working, there is still a desire to ensure that the money is being spent wisely rather than being thrown down a rat hole.  But, the news that is trickling out from the states does not...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2009
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Broadband Boondoggles

Wanted:  $4.7 billion for a national broadband grant program.  Prior experience not necessary.

Thomas Schatz September 30, 2009
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If It Ain’t Broke, Why “Neutralize” It?

On September 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules for broadband providers.  The so-called “net neutrality” policy is anything but neutral; it would allow for government regulation and...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Budget Gimmicks Hide the True Costs of Obamacare –

There is a lot of discussion of how much the Obama healthcare plan will cost the federal government.  The House bill, if passed, will spend more than $1 trillion over 10 years and the Senate bill would spend more than $800 billion over 10 years. ...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact

The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Restricting Sugar Imports, Hidden Tax Increases, and Just Plain Waste

The antiquated U.S. sugar program continues to cause trouble for American companies, consumers and taxpayers.  While supporters of the program have always tried to claim that it doesn’t cost taxpayers any money, according to the Government...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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End Deficit Spending

With a turnout estimated at hundreds of thousands of people, the Taxpayer March in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2009 demonstrated the public’s support for restraining government spending.  In order to understand the motivation of the protesters...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Debt Watch

Most mundane procedural actions by Congress are not worthy of a headline or even a WasteWatcher article, but the raising of the debt ceiling will surely cause taxpayers to howl.

CAGW Staff August 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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