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Prime Cuts 2010: Quantifiable Recommendations for Change (We Believe In!)

President Obama’s January 27th State of the Union Address raised more questions than answers.  While the national debt continues to soar past $12.3 trillion and the unemployment rate hangs at 10 percent, Americans long to hear the President offer...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2009
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The Year of Living Dangerously

The nation will hear President Obama’s first State of the Union Address on Wednesday as he tries to salvage a devastating plunge in popularity for his agenda.  But, as bad as it has been for the President, whose support has dropped from 69 percent a...

Thomas Schatz December 31, 2009
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As Massachusetts Goes….

…so goes the ongoing effort to fight government waste, higher taxes, and save the future for our children and grandchildren. The result of the special election for Senate in Massachusetts reflected a national outpouring of outrage over the...

Thomas Schatz December 31, 2009
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The Many Perks of Congressional Employment

Supposedly in Denmark to attend the Copenhagen Climate Summit, multiple members of Congress have been criticized for treating the trip as a personal vacation.  The trip included seven Republicans and 15 Democrats, most notably House Speaker Nancy...

Sean Kennedy December 31, 2009
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Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – The Voldemort(s) of the Financial Crisis

On January 13, 2010, the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC) launched a year-long probe on the financial crisis with two days of hearings, starting with testimony from the CEOs of Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, and Morgan...

Leslie Paige December 31, 2009
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Dithering on the Debt

On December 16, 2009, by a vote of 218-214, lawmakers voted to raise the debt ceiling by $290 billion to $12.394 trillion.  This is similar to the limit that banks and other lenders allow individuals to charge on their credit cards.  Ironically,...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2009
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Weatherization: More Clouds on the Horizon

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the so-called stimulus package, continues to be a source of contention and controversy as the end of 2009 approaches.  When Congress first considered the $787 billion legislation, CAGW expressed...

Leslie Paige November 30, 2009
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Time for a Constitutional Line Item Veto

As the year draws to a close and the nation’s deficit soars to $1.4 trillion, Congress’s spendthrift behavior persists.  On December 16, 2009 President Obama signed a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending bill; $446.8 billion of that amount covered six of...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2009
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The Agency of Healthcare Potentates

As taxpayers begin to grasp the sheer magnitude and the $787 billion price tag of H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the “stimulus,” more and more details are being exposed as policy makers have time to read...

Elizabeth Wright November 30, 2009
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Time to End Stealth Tax Increases

Thirty-two states impose ad valorem excise taxes on moist smokeless tobacco (MST).  An ad valorem tax is based on a percentage of the price of the product, so the tax rises any time the price of the merchandise increases.  This is similar to...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2009
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National Lampoon’s European Vacation

Ostensibly in Scotland to partake in the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, several members of Congress are coming under fire for using the trip as a personal vacation.  Led by Rep. John Tanner (D-Tenn.) the group, consisting of 12 representatives (eight...

Sean Kennedy November 30, 2009
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Wasted Healthcare Dollars

As the national debt exceeds $12 trillion and the monthly deficit record of $176 billion was set in October, it would behoove officials in Washington to take reports of wasteful spending more seriously.  This is especially true in regard to the tens...

CAGW Staff October 31, 2009

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