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Healthcare Reform: A Pricey Prescription

President Obama promised this would be the year of health care reform, but many are bracing for what this “reform” could really mean.  After much anticipation, Democrats have started to unveil their healthcare reform plans, revealing new policy...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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Public vs. Private: May the Best Contractor Win

The government should not compete with its citizens; it should rely on the private sector for commercially-available goods and services.  This is a common-sense idea: allow individuals, small businesses, and entrepreneurial companies to contract...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2009
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A “Generic” Call for Change

As Congress braces for the largest reform of healthcare in the nation’s history, lost in the debate has been an issue critical to federal and state healthcare budgets, as well as the ability of consumers to afford lifesaving drugs.  The issue is...

Thomas Schatz May 31, 2009
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Medicare/Social Security Insolvency

While the Obama Administration ratchets up support for government-run healthcare, which would be a new entitlement program, the government trustees who monitor the nation’s two largest entitlement programs, Medicare and Social Security, have...

Sean Kennedy April 30, 2009
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CAGW’s FOIA Project

On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed an economic “stimulus” bill, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).  More than $787 billion is slated to be spent through ARRA to help revive the economy.

CAGW Staff April 30, 2009
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Don’t Ground the Presidential Helicopter Program

The presidential helicopter has always provided the media with a picturesque backdrop for the president.  One of the most famous images is President Nixon waving goodbye to the White House for the last time on August 9, 1974 from the top step of the...

CAGW Staff April 30, 2009
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Stimulus not Stimulating

The White House announcement on May 20 of 100 projects in 100 days of the stimulus, a plan that was intended to be “timely, temporary, and targeted,” was greeted with great skepticism, including an ongoing dispute about the amount of money that has...

Thomas Schatz April 30, 2009
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Waxman and Markey Attempt to Go Green, But Put Taxpayers in the Red

On May 21, 2009, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA), which was co-sponsored by Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Energy and the Environment Subcommittee Chairman Ed...

CAGW Staff April 30, 2009
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Blue Dogs and PAYGO – Living in La La Land

On April 28, 2009, members of the so-called fiscally conservative “Blue Dog” Coalition introduced H.R. 2116, the “Fiscal Honesty and Accountability Act of 2009.”  According to their website, the measure “would strengthen Congress’ commitment to...

Leslie Paige April 30, 2009
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Weatherization Assistance Program – A Perfect Storm of Potential Waste?

President Obama’s $787 billion so-called “stimulus” bill, formally known as the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will have reverberations throughout the economy for years to come.  The contained a wide range of new government spending...

Leslie Paige March 31, 2009
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Energy Battle Heats Up

Americans are feeling some relief from the drop in gas prices, which were more than $4.00 per gallon last summer and now hover around $2.25 per gallon.  After expectations that winter home heating costs would rise dramatically above the prior year,...

Thomas Schatz March 31, 2009
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The First Cut Is The Lamest, Not The Deepest

In February, President Obama introduced a $3.69 trillion budget for the 2010 fiscal year, a proposal that would, according the Heritage Foundation, increase spending by $1 trillion over the next ten years, lead to a 12 percent increase in...

CAGW Staff March 31, 2009

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