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Brother, Can You Spare A Billion?

October 10, 2014 | National Security

Brother, Can You Spare A Billion? Volume XIX No. 41 The recent start of military operations to strike at the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) has triggered a discussion on... Read More

Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014 | Agriculture

Bribing to Subsidize Volume XIX No.40 Starting the fiscal year off with a bang, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) “resolved” a trade dispute with... Read More

Pricey Plane to Keep

September 25, 2014 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Pricey Plane to Keep Volume XIX No.39 The Pentagon’s fancy new fighter, the F-35, is on pace to be the most expensive weapon acquisition in history. Not... Read More

FEMA’s Folly

September 19, 2014 | Transportation & Infrastructure

FEMA’s Folly Volume XIX No.38 As the first major Atlantic hurricane Eduardo formed this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was... Read More

Loco for OCO

September 12, 2014 | National Security

Loco for OCO Volume XIX No.37 For sheer chutzpah, it’s hard to beat the reprogramming request the Pentagon sent to Capitol Hill this week. This... Read More

Punting on the Budget

September 05, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Punting on the Budget Volume XIX, No.36 Around Washington you can tell football season is upon us (here you can read what we think about the NFL’s non-profit... Read More

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014 | Agriculture

Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling Anybody road tripping through the Corn Belt this Labor Day can’t miss the obvious signs of farm profitability. From shiny new grain bins... Read More

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out

Garbage Data In, Garbage Data Out Prior to taking office as President, one of Senator Obama’s major accomplishments was the enactment of the Federal Funding Accountability... Read More

A La Carte Tax Reform

August 15, 2014 | Budget & Tax

A La Carte Tax Reform While the drumbeat for comprehensive tax reform has been thumping for a while, recent news and reports are adding more oomph to that... Read More

Budget Act Birthday

August 08, 2014 | Budget & Tax

Budget Act Birthday Shortly before resigning 40 years ago President Richard Nixon signed the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act, setting the... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35