The WasteWatcher | Page 7 | Citizens Against Government Waste
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.




California's Budget Projects a $22 Billion Surplus, Yet Wants Billions More in New Taxes

After 32 consecutive victories on the TV game show “Jeopardy,” James Holzhauer, a professional sports gambler from Las Vegas, Nevada, saw his incredible winning streak come to an end.  Finishing with $2,462,216 in total prize money, James fell just $58,484 short of the all-time record set by Ken Jennings in 2004 (it took Jennings 74 games to reach that mark).  While this is surely not the ending “Jeopardy James” had hoped for, he still goes home with just under $2.5 million.

State AGs Are Wrong on T-Mobile/Sprint Merger

On June 11, 2019, 10 state attorneys general (AGs), in California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, Virginia and Wisconsin filed a lawsuit opposing the T-Mobile/Sprint merger, claiming that its approval would lead to increased consumer prices and decreased competition.  In six of those states, the public utility commission (PUC) had already approved the mergers, while California’s PUC still has it under review.  The state AGs seem to be engaging in

Creating a New Environmental Crisis

It has been said that one should never let a serious crisis go to waste.  It could just as easily be said, “if there is no crisis, make one up to try to compel action and raise money.”

Senate HELP Committee Hearing on The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019

The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on its draft legislation, “The Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019.”  It is an effort to get something done where there is agreement between the Republicans and the Democrats.  The legislation addresses several issues such as surprise billing, prescription drug prices, healthcare transparency, improving public health and privacy issues with respect to educating the public on general healthcare matters, such as increas

More Good News on the Healthcare Front

Today, the Trump administration released a final rule on Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs). 

Interior Reforms Contain the Unnecessary Expansion of Federal Lands

Under the Trump administration, the Department of the Interior (DOI) continues to purge itself of chronic waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement.  This includes a historic reorganization plan to consolidate land regions from more than 50 down to 13 and the creation of an online grant database to enhance transparency, accountability, and efficiency.  

U.S. Must Guard Against Trade War Escalation Using Rare Earth Elements

As the U.S.-China trade war escalates, rare earth elements have become a focal point of economic tension.  Described as an “ace in Beijing's hand", China produces 81 percent of the world’s rare earth elements, with the U.S. importing 80 percent of its rare earths from the Sleeping Giant.  Despite these figures, Chinese dominance over U.S.

A Free Internet One Year Later

One year ago, net neutrality proponents were demanding action, protesting in the streets, and threatening public officials and their families because the internet was going to die when the Restoring Internet Freedom Order (RIFO) became effective on June 11, 2018.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted the RIFO on December 14, 2017, which overturned the 2015 Open Internet Order (OIO).

House Speaker Pelosi's Bizarre Drug Price Negotiation Plan

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is expected to soon release her long-awaited drug pricing proposal.  According to news reports, the plan is expected to require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to directly “negotiate” with pharmaceutical manufacturers for an “acceptable” price for at least 25 drugs that would apply to the entire U.S. market.  If no agreement can be reached, the Government Accountability Office would act as an arbitrator and oversee a dispute resolution.

CAGW Joins Coalition to Fight Against Socialized Medicine

Today, conservative organizations announced and launched the “Coalition Against Socialized Medicine” to fight to protect our most precious asset, our health. 

Pages

Sign Up for Email Updates!Click Here!

View Archives

Posts by Author

Posts by Tag

Big Government (152) Obamacare (85) Congress (84) Healthcare (76) Budget (76) Waste (75) Uncategorized (56) Telecommunications (50) Internet (49) Debt (47) Technology (47) Deficit (44)