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    Endless Love for Ethanol

    July 24, 2015

    It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledges of love, abandoning reason, and rebelling against authority. But it’s not the plot of a... Read More

    Endless Love for Ethanol

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Budgetary Snafu

July 17, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Budgetary Snafu Congress once again finds itself at dysfunction junction on finishing the bills that fund government in fiscal year 2016. It’s just their... Read More

Cadillac Transportation Dreams on a Chevy Budget

Cadillac Transportation Dreams on a Chevy Budget Imagine the House you could design for yourself when someone else is going to have to pay for it. Totally tricked out kitchen, outdoor... Read More

Tippling Tax Breaks for the Fourth

July 02, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Tippling Tax Breaks for the Fourth For many Americans, the Fourth of July is not just a day to celebrate the birth of our nation, but also to enjoy a few adult (ahem,... Read More

Waste Through the Grapevine

June 26, 2015 | Agriculture

Waste Through the Grapevine In its last week before summer recess, the Supreme Court released an opinion that will impact every taxpayer. No, we’re not referring to... Read More

Cutting Losses in the Tongass National Forest

June 19, 2015 | Natural Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands collectively known as... Read More

Patently Absurd Tax Policy

June 12, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Patently Absurd Tax Policy Writing a simpler, fairer tax code just sounds good. Who can argue with simpler and fairer? In Washington, that depends on who you... Read More

You Load Sixteen Tons, and What Do You Get?

June 05, 2015 | National Security

You Load Sixteen Tons, and What Do You Get? Another day older and deeper in debt. That’s Tennessee Ernie Ford’s answer in his 1955 hit, “Sixteen Tons.” The song chronicles the life of... Read More

Kabuki Corps

Kabuki Corps Throughout Taxpayers for Common Sense’s 20 year existence, every President has played games with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers budget.... Read More

Paving the Way with Gimmicks

Paving the Way with Gimmicks Right before lawmakers in the House of Representatives headed home for Memorial Day events, parades, and picnics, they passed legislation... Read More

Because Germane Isn’t Just an Obscure Member of the Jackson 5!

May 15, 2015 |

Because Germane Isn’t Just an Obscure Member of the Jackson 5! This week, the House Committee on Rules received almost 350 amendments drafted by lawmakers regarding specific issues in the Defense... Read More

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