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The 72 Hour Bill: A Struggle to Read Over the Shoulder of Congress

This summer’s tea parties and town hall meetings drew hundreds of thousands across the nation.  Although there were many issues of concern including healthcare, cap-and-trade, and the general overspending problems in Washington, citizens were united...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2009
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Medicare is Afflicted with Chronic Wasting Disease, and its Catchy

All of the healthcare reform bills currently under consideration depend, to a significant degree, upon eradicating waste and abuse from Medicare in order to offset the costs of the new coverage package.  Squeezing waste out of Medicare is a laudable...

Leslie Paige September 30, 2009
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Taxpayer Money Flying Out the Door

Even if many Americans don’t think that the stimulus package is working, there is still a desire to ensure that the money is being spent wisely rather than being thrown down a rat hole.  But, the news that is trickling out from the states does not...

CAGW Staff September 30, 2009
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Broadband Boondoggles

Wanted:  $4.7 billion for a national broadband grant program.  Prior experience not necessary.

Thomas Schatz September 30, 2009
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U.S. to File Concerns Over Google Book Pact

The Justice Department is expected Friday to outline a range of concerns it has about a settlement that

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Restricting Sugar Imports, Hidden Tax Increases, and Just Plain Waste

The antiquated U.S. sugar program continues to cause trouble for American companies, consumers and taxpayers.  While supporters of the program have always tried to claim that it doesn’t cost taxpayers any money, according to the Government...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Budget Gimmicks Hide the True Costs of Obamacare –

There is a lot of discussion of how much the Obama healthcare plan will cost the federal government.  The House bill, if passed, will spend more than $1 trillion over 10 years and the Senate bill would spend more than $800 billion over 10 years. ...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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Debt Watch

Most mundane procedural actions by Congress are not worthy of a headline or even a WasteWatcher article, but the raising of the debt ceiling will surely cause taxpayers to howl.

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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End Deficit Spending

With a turnout estimated at hundreds of thousands of people, the Taxpayer March in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2009 demonstrated the public’s support for restraining government spending.  In order to understand the motivation of the protesters...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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If It Ain’t Broke, Why “Neutralize” It?

On September 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules for broadband providers.  The so-called “net neutrality” policy is anything but neutral; it would allow for government regulation and...

CAGW Staff August 31, 2009
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“Cash for Clunkers” Comes to a Screeching Halt

This past June, Congress added $1 billion to the 2009 Supplemental Appropriations Act for the “Consumers Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009”.  Though it had no business appearing in an emergency war funds bill, this “Cash for Clunkers”...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009
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OMB Plays Three Card Monte With Deficit Numbers

As a rite of August when the nation’s capital moves slowly, official Washington plays an interesting game of re-estimating the budget deficit.  It is known as the Mid-Session Budget Review and both the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the White...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2009

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