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ACORN: Taxpayer Seed Money Underwriting Corruption and Voter Fraud?

Voter registration and vote fraud is once again front and center as November 4 approaches.  As in previous elections, the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now, or ACORN, is at the center of political and legal storms. 

Medicare Fraud: Not a New Story

Just before the August congressional break, I was asked to testify before a forum on Medicare fraud that was chaired by Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).  Sen. Martinez introduced S. 3164, the Seniors and Taxpayers Obligation Protection Act (STOP) of 2008, a bill that does several things to address the continuing problem of out-of-control fraud in the Medicare program.

Department of Defense Delays Air Force Tanker Contract Decision…Again

The Department of Defense (DoD) has once again flip-flopped with regard to the awarding of a $40 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract.

Old Porkers Learn New Tricks

On September 24, the House of Representatives passed the fiscal year 2009 Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 392-39.  The Senate will approve the legislation as well.  It includes more than $600 billion for national security programs in the Energy and Defense departments.

Treasury’s Toxic Waste Dump…on Taxpayers

The move is unprecedented and historical; the price tag, up to $700 billion, is staggering; reaction in the nation’s capital has been fluid, chaotic, enraged and, now, perhaps obstructionist.

FCC Takes First Steps in Enforcing Net Neutrality

The government is one step closer to regulating the Internet as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) attempts to sanction Comcast for its management of Internet traffic.  The FCC claims that its authority to act is covered under broadband network principles that were adopted in September 2005.  The principles were intended to increase competition among network providers, and allow consumer access to “the lawful Internet content of their choice … run applications and use services of their choice … and connect to their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network.”  This was supposed to address network neutrality.

Medicare Fraud: Not a New Story

Just before the August congressional break, Citizens Against Government Waste testified before a forum on Medicare fraud that was chaired by Sens. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.) and John Cornyn (R-Texas).  Sen. Martinez introduced S. 3164, the Seniors and Taxpayers Obligation Protection Act (STOP) of 2008, a bill that does several things to address the continuing problem of out-of-control fraud in the Medicare program.

Department of Defense Delays Air Force Tanker Contract Decision…Again

The Department of Defense (DoD) has once again flip-flopped with regard to the awarding of a $40 billion Air Force aerial refueling tanker contract.

Sen. Stevens Indicted

On July 29, 2008, it was announced that Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) had been indicted by the Justice Department on seven counts of making false statements for failing to disclose $250,000 worth of gifts from a contractor.

Incensed Over Incentives

H.R. 3221, the housing bailout bill that President Bush signed on July 23, 2008 is a $300 billion handout to home builders, mortgage companies who made bad loans and borrowers who took loans for homes they could not afford.  The bill was exacerbated by the last-minute inclusion of a potential $25 billion (or more) taxpayer subsidy for the nation’s two mammoth government-sponsored enterprises, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  Despite claims that the money would not be used, the taxpayers may be on the hook sooner rather than never.  It turns out that there were other nasty surprises tucked into the bill as well.

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