Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending.

Sign Up

The Weekly Wastebasket is our e-commentary on a specific wasteful government program or proposal along with our solutions, read by thousands of Congressional and agency staff, journalists and editorial writers, bloggers and activists.
Sign Up Now »

Recent Weekly Wastebasket Articles

View All »

As The Congress Turns

December 12, 2014 | Earmarks & Appropriations

As The Congress Turns The soap opera that is the 113th Congress took another dramatic turn in its final days. After hours of intrigue, the House of... Read More

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You…

December 05, 2014 | Budget & Tax

113th Congress, Don’t Let the Door Hit You… As the 113th Congress limps towards its ignominious end, lawmakers in the House and the Senate continue a slow dance to decide their... Read More

Platter Full of Subsidies

November 26, 2014 | Agriculture

Platter Full of Subsidies As taxpayers busily prepare for their Thanksgiving festivities, we thought it might be a good time to see how Washington’s agriculture... Read More

Free Gas

November 21, 2014 | Natural Resources

Free Gas 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

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