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The Ongoing Farce of the “Emergency Supplementals”

As the House of Representatives rushed to finish legislative business in advance of the Memorial Day recess, the fate of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2010Supplemental Appropriations Bill was pushed off until lawmakers returnon June 8.  The bill allocates $...

Leslie Paige April 30, 2010
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Cash for…Caulkers?

“Cash for Caulkers” sounds like a comical spin-off of the notorious “Cash for Clunkers” program.  But on May 6, 2010, the House of Representatives made sure this was no joke, voting 246-161 in favor of H.R. 5019, the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of...

CAGW Staff April 30, 2010
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Stimulus Rebellion on the Eastern Shore

There is a brawl brewing in the bucolic fields of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland.  The Obama Administration’s $862 billion stimulus fund, ostensibly targeted toward shovel-ready, jobs-producing projects, is going toward the construction of a...

Leslie Paige March 31, 2010
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Time to Revisit the Benefits of $1 Coins

On April 21, 2010, the U.S. Treasury released its new version of the $100 bill.  Featuring an updated portrait of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin, the bill boasts advanced measures to obstruct counterfeiters.  However, while the federal government...

Sean Kennedy March 31, 2010
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CAGW Tells FCC: We Refuse to Stay Neutral

On January 13, 2010, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) filed comments urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to tread lightly on the net neutrality issue and consider its significant impact on America’s flourishing broadband...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2010
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The Congressional Pig Book in Focus

April 14, 2010 was not just the day before tax day; it wasalso the day when hard-working taxpayers got the news that$16.5 billion of their taxeswas wasted on pork-barrel earmarks with the unveiling of Citizen Against Government Waste’s (CAGW) annual...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2010
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“There Ain’t No Rules Here”: Vote Buying, Fix-its, and Budget Gimmicks Used to Ram Through Healthcare Bill

On Christmas Eve morning, Senate Democrats managed to strong arm enough members with giveaways such as the “Cornhusker Kickback” and “Louisiana Purchase” to pass Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-Nev.) healthcare bill, H.R. 3590, the Patient...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2010
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Robbing Peter to Pay Paul - Trying to Track Stimulus Money Robs Oversight of Other Federal Spending

By now, news stories related to the difficulty in tracking expenditures related to the “stimulus” spending package, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and estimating jobs “created,” “retained,” or simply “funded” by the bill are...

Leslie Paige February 28, 2010
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It is Time to Deflate Federal Salaries

A recent trend in Washington, D.C. is to spend enormous amounts of taxpayer money on programs that politicians sell to the public as absolutely necessary and important.  That approach led to swift passage of the $700 billion TARP program, the $862...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2010
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Government Broadband is too Broad

When Congress passed and the President signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), or the stimulus bill, in February 2009, $7.2 billion was allocated to expand broadband in the United States.  Of that amount, $2.5 billion was slated to...

CAGW Staff February 28, 2010
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Sex, Drugs and BlackBerrys

On the stimulus package's one-year anniversary on Feb. 17, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stated that taxpayers had "gotten their money's worth."  However, it is difficult to understand how multimillion-dollar "stimulus" programs that research...

Thomas Schatz February 28, 2010
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To Infinite and Beyond!

In 2004, former President George W. Bush announced his “Vision for Space Exploration.” In it he called for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new spaceflight vehicles as part of the Constellation Program that would...

Sean Kennedy February 28, 2010

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