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    November 21, 2014

    Getting something for nothing is a pretty sweet deal. At least if you’re the one getting something. Not so much if you’re the one receiving... Read More

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Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions

November 14, 2014 | National Security

Check Under the Pentagon’s Sofa Cushions If we needed more proof that the Pentagon’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) budget is just a slush fund, on Monday budget details of... Read More

What Lame Ducks Shouldn’t Do

November 07, 2014 | Budget & Tax

What Lame Ducks Shouldn’t Do As the 113th Congress comes to a close in a post-election lame duck session, there is an interest in some quarters to finish up their... Read More

Taxpayer Tricks and Treats

October 31, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Taxpayer Tricks and Treats Happy Halloween to everyone from Taxpayers for Common Sense. While Halloween is only a once per year event, Congress seems to like TRICKING... Read More

Sandy Anniversary: Still Money to Spend, Will It Be Spent Right?

Sandy Anniversary: Still Money to Spend, Will It Be Spent Right? Wednesday, October 29th will mark the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast. Last year we wrote about the “paper”... Read More

Making Hay Out of Dams

October 17, 2014 | Agriculture , Natural Resources

Making Hay Out of Dams California may be dubbed the “Golden State” but when you look at the drought monitor map, it’s more like the dark brown state. Indeed,... Read More

Brother, Can You Spare A Billion?

October 10, 2014 | National Security

Brother, Can You Spare A Billion? The recent start of military operations to strike at the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) has triggered a discussion on how much the campaign... Read More

Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014 | Agriculture

Bribing to Subsidize Starting the fiscal year off with a bang, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “resolved” a trade dispute with the touch and feel only... Read More

Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Pricey Plane to Keep The Pentagon’s fancy new fighter, the F-35, is on pace to be the most expensive weapon acquisition in history. Not surprisingly, we keep an... Read More

FEMA’s Folly

September 19, 2014 | Transportation & Infrastructure

FEMA’s Folly As the first major Atlantic hurricane Eduardo formed this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was brewing up its own... Read More

Loco for OCO

September 12, 2014 | National Security

Loco for OCO For sheer chutzpah, it’s hard to beat the reprogramming request the Pentagon sent to Capitol Hill this week. This reprogramming seeks to... Read More

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014

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Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014