The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.




Dueling Agencies

On October 22, 2014, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released his annual “Wastebook 2014What Washington Doesn’t Want You To Read.”  The new edition includes 100 wasteful programs or projects, ranging from the bizarre to the truly egregious, worth $25 billion.  Here are just a few examples:

Obstruction Junction, What's Your Function?

In 2009, U.S. officials discovered that Mexican cartels had become the leading gun-traffickers responsible for high levels of crime throughout the Southwest U.S. 

On Title II, Just Say No to FCC Overreach

Back in the 1980s, First Lady Nancy Reagan had a slogan to go with her anti-drug campaign, "Just Say No."  Perhaps this same slogan should be used in the ongoing debate over the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) efforts on net neutrality and Title II reclassification of the Internet.

Postal Delivery Times for Mail Slip, But Groceries Get Delivered in San Francisco !

Even as the USPS has ramped up a demo project to delivery groceries with Amazon in a few cities and made a deal to deliver some parcels for certain retailers on Sunday, the USPS is scaling back delivery standards for core customers, the folks who pay their bills, first class mail customers.

By Your Leave: Federal Employees on Administrative Leave Cost Taxpayers Billions

ICYMI, this American Public Media interview with the Washington Post reporter Lisa Rein is a quick primer on a very big problem.

See You In Court - Again

One of the things that is becoming more disturbing each day is how the Obama Administration is issuing a tsunami of regulations, interpretive rules, sub-regulatory guidance, executive orders, guidelines, and even divine proclamations on White House tissue paper (just kidding on that last one) that contradict, subvert, or circumvent the law.  Even though I just cover healthcare issues, it is practically impossible to keep current with the changes, particularly as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare.

John Locke was Right....

When he said "I have always thought the actions of men the best interpreters of their thoughts."

Partisan ideology, never-ending campaigning, and empty rhetoric is no substitute for leadership, competence, and good management.  The Keystone Cop character of the "we first heard about it when we read about it in the news" Obama administration is all the proof you need of the vacuum of ideas at the top in DC.

WHO Are You to Raise the Tobacco Tax?

Black-and-white images of soldiers abroad brandishing “victory cigars” in the fight against a cruel and oppressive enemy lit up television screens in homes across the nation, and “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)” by Merle Travis was a national hit on the air waves.  Cigarettes were an icon of glamor with a hint of rugged sophistication, and America was very much the land of the free and home of the brave during World War II.  

Marketplace Fairness Is Not A Fair Option

On July 15, 2014, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R.

The CFPB’s Auto Loan Financing Fight

In March 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued guidance stating that auto finance sources would be held accountable for discriminatory pricing resulting from the indirect financing practice known as dealer reserve.  This attack on a longstanding and previously unquestioned industry standard was amped up on September 17, 2014, when the CFPB proposed expanding its oversight to non-bank auto lenders, such as Ford Motor Credit Co. and Toyota Financial Services.  Although the agency contends that its regulations are necessary to fight discrimination in lending practices and protect consumers, the CFPB has not produced reliable evidence to support its claims.

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