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.




Fix the BBA Allocation Flip and Medicare Cliff in Part D

Congress is back from its summer hiatus and there will be a flurry of activity the next few weeks.  With the elections just around the corner, there is a lot to get done before mid-October, when members will be returning home to campaign.  Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) hopes Congress will use this time to fix some of the harmful changes made to our healthcare system thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare.  Congress could start with repairing damage done to Medicare Part D that was further aggravated with a policy change implemented in the 201

Legal Sports Betting Should Be Allowed to Thrive

In May 2018, in Murphy v. NCAA, the Supreme Court invalidated a 1992 law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited most states from legalizing sports betting.

Proposed FCC Rules Push 5G Forward

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make it easier than ever for communities across the nation to bring cutting-edge wireless service to millions of Americans. 

On September 26, 2018, the FCC will vote on a proposed rule that will hasten nationwide implementation of 5G cellular infrastructure. If adopted, the rules would limit the burdensome restrictions that local governments often place on the installation of “small cell” devices such as permitting fees, maintenance fees, and wait times.

FCC Commissioner Offers Commonsense Advice to Rural Utilities Service

Publicly-funded broadband overbuild is an ongoing problem across the country.  It is far easier to deploy new services alongside existing infrastructure than to build-out to those who remain in unserved areas. 

GSE Uncertainty Continues to Put Taxpayers at Risk

On September 6, 2018, the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing to evaluate the ill-famed ten-year anniversary of conservatorship for government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Committee members and witnesses addressed the inherent dangers of keeping the status quo as well as potential reforms to limit systemic risk.

California Cases Challenge Threats to Donor Privacy

Although most average Americans are not thrilled when they sign their tax returns every April, most of them do not have to worry that their returns will be on public display.  The federal penalties for releasing tax returns without authorization are severe, as they should be.  In 2013, Lois Lerner and her underlings at the IRS singled out conservative groups for discriminatory treatment and harassment, but not even they are known to have engaged in the leaking of the groups’ respective tax filings.  (These general observations do

States Must Stop Diverting 9-1-1 Fees

The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million 9-1-1 calls are made each year, with more than 80 percent of those calls originating from wireless devices in some areas of the country.  The 9-1-1 emergency systems, including fire and rescue operations, are funded, in part, through fees imposed on consumer telephone bills.  Unfortunately, over the years, numerous states have been raiding these funds for other purposes, including closing budget gaps and bolstering their rainy day funds.

Health Care Choices Proposal: A Plan to Return Power Back to the People and States

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared that August should be healthcare month.  The senator would prefer to talk about how to prop up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), or perhaps Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act that would bankrupt the country, anything to avoid voting for President Trump’s judicial nominees. 

The #M4A Price Tag Makes it DOA

Continuing with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s declaration that August should be healthcare month, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is taking a look at Senator Bernie Sander’s (I-Vt) idea that we should have Medicare for All, colloquially being referred to as #M4A on Twitter and in other social media.  Aggressively promoting this new Faustian bargain are the Democratic Socialists, a quickly growing faction within the Democrat party.  Their chapters across the country ar

That Non-GMO Label is Misleading

The August 5, 2018, Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Henry Miller, MD, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, concerning organic food that is worth reading.  He is critical of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lack of oversight of the $47-billion-a-year organic industry.  He points out that while the FDA is supposed to be going after businesses that promote dubious and untrue health claims, sometimes to the point of absurdity, it is ignoring the organic in

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