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Are You Ready for Some Legalized Sports Betting?

If you were ready for some football, then the National Football League’s 2017 season opener on Thursday, September 7, provided quite a tasty first course:  The Kansas City Chiefs upset the favored New England Patriots by a final score of 42-27,

September 18, 2017
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The Can-Kicking Congress: Business as Usual

In political patois, “kicking the can down the road” connotes procrastination.  As long as the proverbial can is kicked “down the road,” rather than picked up, then the proper disposition of the derelict container is put off until some future point...

August 28, 2017
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The Cuba Embargo: A Personal Observation

In June, 2017, representatives from a handful of right-leaning organizations, including Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), participated in a “people-to-people” delegation to Cuba.  The “educational outreach” trip was arranged by Engage Cuba...

July 26, 2017
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Congressional Appropriators: Rating the “Third Party”

A practical reality of life on Capitol Hill can be summed up with a saying often attributed to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).  In his book, Worth the Fighting for, Sen. McCain writes that, “there are, it is often observed, three parties in Congress,...

June 20, 2017
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Making Unauthorized Spending Wrong Again

As President Donald J. Trump continues his campaign to “Make America Great Again,” Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will borrow on that theme, as described in the title of this article, by continuing to advocate for reforms of the way that...

May 19, 2017
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Income Share Agreements: Venture Capital for College Students

To get the gist of an “income share agreement” (ISA), look no further than the title of Kim Clark’s November 16, 2016 article in Money magazine:  “Now You Can Sell Shares in Yourself to Pay for College.” 

April 18, 2017
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CFP-Bane: Warding Off the Unconstitutional CFPB

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has been, since its inception as the brainchild of then-Harvard professor and now Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), the nanny state bane of conservatives and free-market champions.

March 28, 2017
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Flake, et al. to POTUS: Veto Earmarks!

On Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at a time when the U.S. House of Representatives is contemplating a return to the “insidious” practice of “earmarking,” U.S. Sen.

March 9, 2017
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Earmark Effort Demonstrates Tone-Deafness About Swamp Drainage

On November 16, 2016, eight days after the momentous election of Donald J. Trump as president (with his promise to “drain the swamp”), House Republicans inexplicably contemplated the restoration of earmarks.  Fortunately, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)...

February 24, 2017
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115th Congress: A New Sheriff (with a Powerful Posse) Has Arrived

For the first time since Democrats turned the Speaker’s gavel over to the Republicans in January 2011, the Pennsylvania Avenue axis of power (the White House at one end of the famous street, and both chambers of Congress at the other) will be under...

January 25, 2017
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The Trump Trifecta: Three Branches, New Faces

The chattering political class, with scant exception, prognosticated that Donald J. Trump had only the narrowest of opportunities to win the White House in the 2016 general election.  Indeed, many such solons suggested that his bombastic style, in...

December 20, 2016
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Lame-Duck Session, 114th Congress: The Victors, the Vanquished, and the Un-Inaugurated

For anyone unfamiliar with the patois of politics, the term “lame duck” may seem like a bit of an odd duck, rhetorically speaking.  As defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the more common understanding of this phrase is “an

November 16, 2016

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