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Reorienting Pentagon Priorities

November 20, 2015 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Reorienting Pentagon Priorities It’s been a week since the terror attacks in Paris. Attacks like these strike at our core; they happened at locations we like to believe... Read More

Budgetary Dark Arts

Budgetary Dark Arts You’ll often hear us calling for spending to be offset. Cut wasteful spending here, eliminate an unnecessary tax expenditure there, or... Read More

Speeding Past Common Sense

Speeding Past Common Sense This week, the House of Representatives passed a long-term transportation spending bill that would provide $325 billion on transportation... Read More

Not Done Yet

October 30, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Not Done Yet As one of his last acts, Speaker Boehner swung a deal to set the budget levels for the current and next fiscal year. It has some gimmicky... Read More

(Breaking) China Anniversary

(Breaking) China Anniversary We usually reserve these “Wastebaskets” for a discussion of the budgetary issue or outrage of the week. Our first column, way back in... Read More

A Flood of Failures

October 16, 2015 | Transportation & Infrastructure

A Flood of Failures The nation is about to find out – again – that our federal disaster policies are failing taxpayers and the people impacted by disaster.... Read More

“More Love” for the Pentagon

“More Love” for the Pentagon The Capitol this week was more like a German Opera, but we’ll invoke a little Motown sound to describe how some Members of Congress are... Read More

Waste It Or Lose It

October 02, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Waste It Or Lose It Actually, the more common term is “use it or lose it” and you can bet that phrase was used around federal agencies for the last month or... Read More

Spending Bill Stratagems

September 25, 2015 | Earmarks & Appropriations

Spending Bill Stratagems Tick-tock. The ball drops on the fiscal New Year Wednesday night. Absent a deal on how to fund government starting October 1st, workers... Read More

Duped Into a Bad Water Deal

Duped Into a Bad Water Deal Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. The Department of Interior did their best naive teenager impression when they negotiated a... Read More

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