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    Wasted Gas Giveaway

    December 02, 2016

    Part of President-elect Trump’s pitch was that he could run government more efficiently, with less waste by bringing his business acumen to... Read More

    Wasted Gas Giveaway

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(Thanks)giving Subsidies

November 23, 2016 | Agriculture

(Thanks)giving Subsidies As Americans gather this week for Thanksgiving, we thought it a good time to remind everyone how Washington’s agricultural policies impact... Read More

Budget Through the Looking Glass

November 18, 2016 | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations

Budget Through the Looking Glass The Presidential transition is ongoing and Republican leadership is moving more work into the next Congress when there will be a member of... Read More

Better Set Budget Priorities

November 10, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Election Day has come and gone and we now know that come January, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and Republican majorities in... Read More

F-35: Faster ≠ Cheaper

November 04, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

F-35: Faster ≠ Cheaper When this endless election cycle is finally over, and Congress is back in Washington to do the nation’s work, one of the many pressing... Read More

Trick or Treating Taxpayers

October 28, 2016 |

Trick or Treating Taxpayers As Halloween approaches, it’s a good time to highlight some of the tricks that have been played on taxpayers recently, as well as a few... Read More

Tax Reform Turns 30

October 21, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Tax Reform Turns 30 The presidential election is 17 days away. Whoever wins will face a range of difficult issues, including the politically perilous task of... Read More

Hurricane Matthew Impacts

October 14, 2016 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Hurricane Matthew Impacts All the noise swirling around the 2016 elections has helped obscure a real life disaster. Hurricane Matthew diminished and left the East... Read More

New B-21 Raider Attacks Your Wallet

October 07, 2016 | National Security

New B-21 Raider Attacks Your Wallet The United States Air Force is planning a raid on your pocketbook. Officials aren’t being subtle about it, but they are being... Read More

Shutting Down a Shutdown

September 30, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Lawmakers struck a deal to avert a government shutdown with a couple days to spare before the October 1 start of Fiscal Year 2017. For the... Read More

Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Taxpayers for Common Sense held a panel conversation yesterday commemorating the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The message was crystal... Read More

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