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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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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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Taking Taxpayers for a Ride

Most Americans have a favorite train story.  When my parents took my brother, sister and me out West in 1966, we took the overnight train from Denver to Salt Lake City.  We were awed by the beautiful scenery from the dome cars, ate well, slept...

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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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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Joint Strike Fighter: Platform for Waste?

Designed for service by the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and eight international partners, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program is expected to produce an aircraft with a few variations that will ultimately replace the in-service F-16 and F/A-18...

Sean Kennedy February 28, 2009
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Ethical Lapses

In November, 2006, just after the sweeping victory by Democrats in the House of Representatives, the newly-minted Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) promised that her leadership team would create “the most honest, most open, and most...

Leslie Paige February 28, 2009
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Obama’s Earmark Reform? ShamWow!

On March 11, 2009 President Obama signed the fiscal year (FY) 2009 omnibus appropriations bill, which contained the nine remaining 2009 spending bills worth $410 billion.  After making dizzying campaign promises to eliminate congressional earmarking...

Leslie Paige February 28, 2009
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Stimulus Bill Raises Questions

As the current version of the stimulus bill awaits a Senate vote and President Obama’s signature, there are still plenty of questions and concerns about whether it will in fact stimulate the economy and create jobs.  As House Minority Leader John...

CAGW Staff January 31, 2009
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Waste and Fraud at the Central Intelligence Agency

Waste and fraud at the Central Intelligence Agency not only squanders taxpayers’ money but also endangers American lives.  When money is diverted away from intelligence missions on rogue state nuclear threats, for example, Americans are at risk.

CAGW Staff January 31, 2009
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Byrneing Down the House

The so-called “stimulus” bill signed by President Obama on February 17 has come under withering fire for being rife with wasteful boondoggles whose purposes are increasingly deemed to be more politically motivated than economically sound.  The bill...

Sean Kennedy January 31, 2009
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The USPS: Finally, Running Like A Real Private-Sector Business!

Unfortunately, U.S. Postmaster General John Potter has apparently decided that the business model he wants to emulate is that of beleaguered General Motors, whose Chief Executive Rick Wagoner took a 64 percent increase in his salary in 2007 while...

Leslie Paige January 31, 2009

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