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European Taxpayers Speak Out

When many Americans think of Europe, they conjure up images of slow-moving socialist bureaucracies.  While this type of government may exist in some countries, there is a growing free market and taxpayer movement spreading throughout the continent.

CAGW Staff August 31, 2007
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Lawmakers Choose Pork Over Bridge Safety

The I-35 Bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Minnesota, which resulted in the deaths of 13 people, dominated several news cycles and gave politicians the kind of somber photo ops they can rarely resist.  Some, including House Transportation and...

Leslie Paige August 31, 2007
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Catastrophic Insurance is a Disaster

Congress is considering changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as well as increasing the availability of state-sponsored insurance funds.  Both initiatives would expose taxpayers to massive costs.

CAGW Staff August 3, 2007
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New Senate Ethics Bill

“Members of Congress have reproductive organs the size of BBs,” so said Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Colo.) in challenging his colleagues to enact real earmark reform.  Alas, Sen. Coburn was proven correct as the Senate voted 83-14 to approve S. 1, misnamed “...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2007
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“Nutty” Earmark Rejected By Florida County

Some times you feel like a nut, sometimes you don’t.  In the case of Coconut Road in Florida, even though a member of Congress felt like wasting taxpayer dollars on a highway interchange project at Coconut Road and I-75, taxpayers in Lee County,...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2007
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Federal Property: Wretched Excess

The United States government is seriously overdue for a garage sale.  While the government is projecting a $205 billion budget deficit for Fiscal 2007 and splurging on tens of billions of dollars in wasteful programs and congressional pork-barrel...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2007
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Pennsylvania Piglet Book Reaps Savings

Pennsylvania is a study in contrasts.  The state boasts some of the most scenic highways and byways in the nation yet the roads are punctured with countless potholes.  At one end of the state there is Pittsburgh, with a winning football tradition...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2007
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“Bunks for Drunks:” The Real Cost of Seattle’s Social Experiment

If one lives in Seattle, there are clean, furnished apartments in the downtown area for less than $200 a month. It’s a great deal, with one catch: in order to move in, one has to be an alcoholic.

CAGW Staff June 30, 2007
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Tidbits

Congressman Kanjorski (D-Pa.) joins a mushrooming list of members of Congress whose earmarking habits are getting a lot of media attention.  Over an eight-year period, Rep. Kanjorski steered $10 million in earmarked federal funding (from the Energy...

Leslie Paige May 31, 2007
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‘F’ is for Farm Subsidy

In anticipation in the next few weeks of markup of Title I farm subsidy programs in the House Agriculture Committee, CAGW released Making the Grade: CAGW’s Report Card on Farm Bill “Reform” Proposals. 

CAGW Staff May 31, 2007
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Taxpayers 1, Rep. Obey 0

When House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) announced his plans to wait until closed-door conference committee meetings between the House and Senate to insert earmarks into spending bills, he declared, “I don’t give a damn if...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2007
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Murtha Intel Earmark Dispute

Representative John ‘Jack’ Murtha (D-Pa.) has long been known inside the beltway for using threats, power plays, and backroom deals to control spending decisions.  Now the American public has been treated to a view of the congressman’s strong-arm...

CAGW Staff April 30, 2007

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