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Massive Expansion of SCHIP

Congress is poised to pass a massive expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP).  Originally, SCHIP was designed to help low-income families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid gain access to health insurance for their...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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Stimulus Turns Federal Funding Spigot Into a Raging Firehose

With our nation’s faltering economy, businesses, communities, and families are undoubtedly suffering.  However, they will not receive relief in the near future from the Democrat’s new federal fiscal stimulus proposal.  According to a stimulus...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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580,000 Square-Foot Money Pit

On Tuesday, December 2, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) opened its doors to its owners – the taxpayers - for the first time.  After six years of construction and countless revisions, what seemed like a never-ending project has finally reached...

CAGW Staff December 31, 2008
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How to Build A Bigger Boondoggle

The media has settled on a politically palatable historical metaphor for the new Obama administration and it is Franklin Delano Roosevelt.  Time made it official when it put a photo of Barack Obama as FDR on its cover for its November 24, 2008 issue...

Leslie Paige December 31, 2008
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Fat Corporate Welfare Payouts

On November 4, 2008 Barack Obama won the battle for the Presidency. On January 20, 2008, he will face many difficult challenges.  The national economic and financial crisis will place a heavy burden on the federal government.  With a $1 trillion...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2008
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Troubles With TARP

Barely sixty days after its establishment, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) is itself, well, in big trouble. 

Leslie Paige November 30, 2008
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CAGW’s Project: Privacy

Project: Privacy was created in 2008 and is affiliated with Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW). CAGW’s Project: Privacy will examine government’s role in ensuring that every person’s information is protected and help citizens manage their...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2008
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The Mayors’ Stocking Stuffers

In anticipation of the rapid passage of a $1 trillion stimulus package as soon as President-elect Obama and the new Congress take office in January, the U.S. Conference of Mayors released its wish-list of what it called “shovel-ready” projects that...

Leslie Paige November 30, 2008
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USDA Makes $49 Million in Payments to Ineligible Individuals

In October, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report titled “Federal Farm Programs: USDA Needs to Strengthen Controls to Prevent Payments to Individuals Who Exceed Income Eligibility Limits.”  The report was requested by Senator...

CAGW Staff November 30, 2008
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New Grace Commission Needed

Just five days after his historic election, President-elect Obama vowed to review every Executive Order signed by President Bush during the past eight years.  He made it clear that he intends to overturn some of them. The President-elect should take...

CAGW Staff October 31, 2008
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RAC-king Up Medicare Savings

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its most recent analysis of improper payments in the Medicare program on November 17, 2008.  The good news is that vigorous cost recovery programs have helped whittle the percentage of...

Leslie Paige October 31, 2008
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The 111th Congress: House of Card Check

Ironically, as Congress debates a bailout for the auto industry partly as a result of its massive, union-stimulated legacy costs, there are widespread expectations that Congress and the Obama administration will quickly try to push though the so-...

Leslie Paige October 31, 2008

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