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Earmark Moratorium Backlash

After years of feeding at the trough, it appears that some members of Congress are not adapting well to the newly imposed two-year earmark moratorium. Despite affirmation by congressional leaders that earmarks will not exist in the 112th Congress,...

Sean Kennedy March 30, 2011
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Federal Real Property: Buried Alive!

When it comes to property management, the federal government is a bit of a pack rat. It likes to purchase and hoard a lot of real estate. Due to a combination of bad incentives and typical government bloat, selling real estate is a long, costly...

CAGW Staff March 30, 2011
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Four Myths about the Export-Import Bank

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) is an independent government agency founded in 1934 in an effort to encourage U.S. exports. In 2010, Ex-Im Bank provided $24.4 billion in taxpayer-backed direct loans, guarantees, and export-...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2011
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Blackmail to Avoid Blackouts is Not Sound Policy

Imagine that you’re settling in to watch your favorite must-see-TV when your station de jour abruptly goes black. You suddenly can’t watch the big game, or the American Idol finale or (fill in your “can’t-live-without-it” show here). How could this...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2011
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Victory!

On February 16, 2011 taxpayers and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW) scored a major victory when the House of Representatives voted 233-198 to kill funding for the alternate engine for the Joint Strike Fighter as part of H.R...

CAGW Staff February 27, 2011
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Future of Earmarks Remains Vague

Predicting the future of earmarks can be a bit like peering into a crystal ball.

Sean Kennedy February 27, 2011
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Weatherization--More Money, Blowin' in the Wind

February 17, 2011 marked the two-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the so-called stimulus package. Needless to say, the contrived celebratory fanfare that characterized the one-year anniversary last year has now...

Leslie Paige February 27, 2011
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Planned Spending Cuts Do Not Include Defense

One of the top priorities of the Republican’s campaign to take back Congress in 2010 was to reduce the deficit by cutting spending. Republican leaders intended to return nondefense discretionary spending to 2008 levels by trimming $100 billion in...

Sean Kennedy January 26, 2011
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Does Obamacare Save or Cost Money?

The strange world of congressional budget scoring obscures whether Obamacare saves or costs money, but it also provides insight into why the federal government is in such a financial mess. Revenue and cost figures are thrown about in an attempt to...

CAGW Staff January 26, 2011
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Net Loss

For many years there has been a vigorous debate on the pros and cons of net neutrality. On December 21, 2010, the nation took a technological step backwards when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to institute net neutrality rules on...

CAGW Staff January 26, 2011
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Federal Housing Administration: The Next Big Fannie?

In the upcoming session of the 112th Congress, lawmakers will be faced with the daunting challenge of what to do with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the nation’s two mortgage giants. These government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) have been under...

Leslie Paige January 26, 2011
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High-Speed Rail off the Tracks

When stumping for Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) in October 2010, Vice President Joe Biden made a telling statement regarding the government’s role in investments. He credited the government with “every single great idea that has marked the 21st century,...

CAGW Staff January 26, 2011

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