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Joint Strike Fighter: Platform for Waste?

Designed for service by the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and eight international partners, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is expected to produce an aircraft with a few variations that will ultimately replace the in-service F-16 and F/A-18...

Sean Kennedy February 28, 2009
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Stimulus Bill Raises Questions

As the current version of the stimulus bill awaits a Senate vote and President Obama’s signature, there are still plenty of questions and concerns about whether it will in fact stimulate the economy and create jobs.  As House Minority Leader John...

CAGW Staff January 31, 2009
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Byrneing Down the House

The so-called “stimulus” bill signed by President Obama on February 17 has come under withering fire for being rife with wasteful boondoggles whose purposes are increasingly deemed to be more politically motivated than economically sound.  The bill...

Sean Kennedy January 31, 2009
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Waste and Fraud at the Central Intelligence Agency

Waste and fraud at the Central Intelligence Agency not only squanders taxpayers’ money but also endangers American lives.  When money is diverted away from intelligence missions on rogue state nuclear threats, for example, Americans are at risk.

CAGW Staff January 31, 2009
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The RUS: A Fiscal Ruse

The so-called stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by the President grows government so much it would even make FDR blush.  There are countless expenditures included in the bill that have nothing to do with “fixing” the economy.  One such...

CAGW Staff January 31, 2009
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The USPS: Finally, Running Like A Real Private-Sector Business!

Unfortunately, U.S. Postmaster General John Potter has apparently decided that the business model he wants to emulate is that of beleaguered General Motors, whose Chief Executive Rick Wagoner took a 64 percent increase in his salary in 2007 while...

Leslie Paige January 31, 2009
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580,000 Square-Foot Money Pit

On Tuesday, December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) opened its doors to its owners – the taxpayers - for the first time.  After six years of construction and countless revisions, what seemed like a never-ending project has finally reached...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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A Word of Caution for President Obama

President Obama and Congress are in the process of putting together a “stimulus” package in order to spur the economy and create or save 3 million jobs.  The House of Representative’s proposal contained $275 billion in tax cuts and $526 billion in “...

Elizabeth Wright December 31, 2008
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Economic Crisis, Congressional Reward

With the economy in recession, a national debt of $10.6 trillion, and a record estimated deficit of $1.2 trillion for the fiscal year, it seems a strange time for Congress to be receiving a raise, yet that is exactly what is scheduled to happen as...

Sean Kennedy December 31, 2008
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Congressional Oversight Needs Improvement

The House and Senate convened for the 111th Congress facing a record budget deficit and are currently considering a massive “stimulus” spending package.  Now, more than ever, increased oversight of federal programs is essential to ensure that...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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Massive Expansion of SCHIP

Congress is poised to pass a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  Originally, SCHIP was designed to help low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid gain access to health insurance for their...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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How to Build A Bigger Boondoggle

The media has settled on a politically palatable historical metaphor for the new Obama administration and it is Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Time made it official when it put a photo of Barack Obama as FDR on its cover for its November 24, 2008 issue...

Leslie Paige December 31, 2008

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