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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

Failing on Fair Return

May 08, 2015 |

Failing on Fair Return Any private landowner wants a fair return for someone’s use of their goods or property. Why should taxpayers accept less? Ask the... Read More

Using Buildings to Beat ISIS

May 01, 2015 |

Using Buildings to Beat ISIS This was a big week for budget gimmickry in Washington as the first appropriations bills (the only ones that actually spend money) started... Read More

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm

Bracing for the Fiscal Storm June marks the beginning of the Atlantic hurricane season. While 2014 was a relatively light year for storms, the last decade or so was... Read More