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USPS Chief Living Large

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is fond of describing itself as a business, on par with some Fortune 100 companies.  However, a recent investigation by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG) into allegations of misconduct of one of its...

Leslie Paige August 31, 2006
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A Little Rain, A Lot of Waste in Florida

How can a tempest that failed to arrive cost taxpayers $17 million?  That is the estimated price of the impact of Hurricane Ernesto on South Florida.  If you thought, as I had, that Ernesto struck the United States farther north and hardly affected...

Leslie Paige August 31, 2006
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Salvage the Good from the Healthcare Debacle

The healthcare reform juggernaut, arguably the most radical attempt to remake the economy and the nation’s healthcare infrastructure in history, was supposed to have flown through Congress before the August recess with nary a peep.  Instead, as...

Thomas Schatz July 31, 2006
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Our Federal Government: Making a Bad Situation Worse

The benevolent federal government has found a way to spend almost one billion dollars exposing its citizens to a deadly carcinogen in the name of a humanitarian effort. 

CAGW Staff July 31, 2006
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A Victory for the Defense Travel System

Since its initial creation in 1998, the Defense Travel System (DTS) has exhibited massive inefficiencies and waste.  The project, created by the Department of Defense (DOD), was meant to serve as a cost-efficient travel system for DOD employees. ...

CAGW Staff July 31, 2006
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Proposed Merger Threatens Taxpayers and Launch Market

Ronald Reagan once said, “The ... inescapable truth is: government does not have all the answers.  In too many instances, government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them."

Thomas Schatz July 31, 2006
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Working Group Wastes Our Time

The Citizens’ Health Care Working Group was created by the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 to foster a “national discussion” on healthcare to be presented as a report and reviewed by the President and Congress...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2006
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Flying High: HHS Secretary Proves Pork Can Fly

Mike Leavitt’s got a ticket to ride, and he don’t care.  The Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary used a luxury private jet, leased by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention for use only in emergencies, to rack up $720,000, or 60...

CAGW Staff June 30, 2006
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Grifters Give FEMA a Run for Their Money

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released its audit of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita and Katrina.  The report estimated that fraudulent payments totaled between $600...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2006
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Forest Party

Every year, South Carolina Forest Service employees participate in the All Employee Conference.  The three-day conference has become an all-inclusive vacation on the taxpayers’ dime.  Activities include arts and crafts, horseshoes, and senior bingo.

CAGW Staff May 31, 2006
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Swimming in Pork

House Appropriations Chairman Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Calif.) went off the deep end recently when he earmarked a whopping $1 million for a swimming pool in his district.  Appropriations Committees in the House and Senate act as the gatekeepers to the...

CAGW Staff May 31, 2006
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A Tale of Two Continents

America and Europe have two different visions of how to succeed in business. Europe does it without really trying, and America does it the old-fashioned way, by working hard and making higher quality and more desired products. This is particularly...

CAGW Staff May 23, 2006

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