The WasteWatcher: The Staff Blog of Citizens Against Government Waste

The WasteWatcher

The WasteWatcher is the staff blog of Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) and the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW). For questions, contact blog@cagw.org.




California Cases Challenge Threats to Donor Privacy

Although most average Americans are not thrilled when they sign their tax returns every April, most of them do not have to worry that their returns will be on public display.  The federal penalties for releasing tax returns without authorization are severe, as they should be.  In 2013, Lois Lerner and her underlings at the IRS singled out conservative groups for discriminatory treatment and harassment, but not even they are known to have engaged in the leaking of the groups’ respective tax filings.  (These general observations do

States Must Stop Diverting 9-1-1 Fees

The National Emergency Number Association estimates that 240 million 9-1-1 calls are made each year, with more than 80 percent of those calls originating from wireless devices in some areas of the country.  The 9-1-1 emergency systems, including fire and rescue operations, are funded, in part, through fees imposed on consumer telephone bills.  Unfortunately, over the years, numerous states have been raiding these funds for other purposes, including closing budget gaps and bolstering their rainy day funds.

Health Care Choices Proposal: A Plan to Return Power Back to the People and States

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared that August should be healthcare month.  The senator would prefer to talk about how to prop up the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), or perhaps Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Medicare for All Act that would bankrupt the country, anything to avoid voting for President Trump’s judicial nominees. 

The #M4A Price Tag Makes it DOA

Continuing with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s declaration that August should be healthcare month, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) is taking a look at Senator Bernie Sander’s (I-Vt) idea that we should have Medicare for All, colloquially being referred to as #M4A on Twitter and in other social media.  Aggressively promoting this new Faustian bargain are the Democratic Socialists, a quickly growing faction within the Democrat party.  Their chapters across the country ar

That Non-GMO Label is Misleading

The August 5, 2018, Wall Street Journal has an op-ed by Henry Miller, MD, a fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, concerning organic food that is worth reading.  He is critical of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) lack of oversight of the $47-billion-a-year organic industry.  He points out that while the FDA is supposed to be going after businesses that promote dubious and untrue health claims, sometimes to the point of absurdity, it is ignoring the organic in

Right-To-Work is Right for Missouri

On August 7, 2018, Missourians will have the opportunity to vote to uphold their state’s right-to-work law, passed by the legislature in 2017, which ensures that anyone can hold a job without having to join a union.  If they uphold the law by voting yes on Proposition A, Missouri will join the 27 states that have realized the vast economic benefits associated with right-to-work status.  If the law is rejected, the vote will represent not only a missed opportunity for employee choice, but also a victory for bigger government and deep-pocketed Big Labor bosses.

August SHOULD be Healthcare Month!

In June, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) he wanted to spend August on healthcare.  The Council for Citizens against Government Waste (CCAGW) agrees!

New Trump Administration Rule Provides More Healthcare Choices for Americans

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Treasury Department, and the Labor Department issued a final rule that will provide more lower cost options for Americans in purchasing health insurance.  HHS Secretary Alex Azar said, “Under the Affordable Care Act, Americans have seen insurance premiums rise and choices dwindle.

Importation Will Not Lower Drug Costs

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) was disappointed to see that the Trump Administration announced on Thursday, July 19, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is exploring ways to import lower cost drugs from foreign countries.  Since most countries utilize price controls to determine a drug’s cost, the U.S.

President Trump tweeted this week that "Tariffs are the greatest!" Farmers disagree.

The federal government will soon dole out around $12 billion in "temporary relief" to farmers adversly affected by President Trump's tariffs and trade war, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Tuesday. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told reporters that amount was "in line" with the estimated impact from retaliatory tariffs on U.S. agriculture exports. 

The aid will be awarded to cotton, corn, dairy, hog, and soybean farmers as well as possibly others. It is scheduled to go into effect on Labor Day. 

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