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Ding, Ding, Ding - Arlington, Virginia Hops Off the Trolley

Good for Arlington, Virginia for pulling the plug on its wasteful trolley project.

May the action of a few sages in Arlington become a beacon of light to other municipalities, which may be experiencing the intense pressure of the "smart growth," mass transit zealots, but really don't want to bleed scarce tax dollars on projects that never move masses of people anywhere.

House Judiciary Tackles GSA Waste

House Judiciary Tackles GSA Waste
By Colin Gamm
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing today on two cases of wasteful courthouse renovations.  The hearing topic was entitled “GSA’s Failure to Meet the Needs of the Judiciary: A Case Study of Bureaucratic Negligence and Waste.”

CCAGW to Senate Judiciary: Lift Outdated , Onerous Regs During STELA Markup

June 17, 2014

The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The Honorable Charles Grassley
Ranking Member
Senate Judiciary Committee
224 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Dear Chairman Leahy and Ranking Member Grassley,

Eight Dirty Words... and the Mother of All Debt Bombs!

The April 16, 2014 article, “Senators Miss Sperling at Key Point for Housing Bill,” by Jon Prior, Kevin Cirilli and MJ Lee, probably should have appeared on “Page 6” of the New York Post – renowned for its gossipy tidbits about the Big Apple’s glitterati – instead of p.

So Long, Farewell...

This week Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius resigned her position from the Department of Health and Human Services.  Most policy people in Washington are not asking, “why?” but instead are pondering “what took so long?”  Sebelius has been secretary at HHS since the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) was written, passed by Congress, and signed into law.  Her job was to implement ObamaCare.

Obama of the Thousand Days

Yes, it’s happened again, twice in a matter of days.  The Obama administration has made major changes to Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without Congressional approval.  Based on a Galen Institute list of administrative changes to ACA, the first change occurred on April 19, 2011 when a Medicare Advantage “patch” was created to forestall cuts in benefits, which would have occurred just before the 2012 elections.  It’s now

In Case You Missed It

Between the three-day holiday weekend and the big snow storm on the east coast, you may have missed this news story from the Jan 17, Wall Street Journal.  Titled  “Exchanges See Little Progress on the Uninsured” by Christopher Weaver and Anna Wilde Mathews it concerns a survey undertaken by McKinsey & Company of 4,463 consumers between November and January.

Obamacare: Still Not Ready for Primetime

The New York Times provided numbers yesterday on Medicaid enrollment compared to Obamacare enrollment during the month of October.  Those of us who follow health policy are not really surprised by the numbers; we expected more people were signing up for Medicaid for some time.  Here’s part of the article:

Department of Veterans Affairs Conferences: Where Government Employees' Dreams Come True

On October 30, 2013, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing regarding wasteful spending at two conferences by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  The two agency events were held in Orlando, Florida and cost taxpayers a minimum of $6.1 million, according to a September 30, 2012 report released by the VA inspector general.  Some examples of profligate conference spe

I Take Responsibility - Sort Of

Fireworks flew today during the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s hearing as Members of Congress grilled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the disastrous roll-out of Obamacare.  Much of it was a repeat from the hearing held on Oct 29 in the Ways and Means Committee with CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner as the witness.  In fact, Secretary Sebelius’s testimony and the


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