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Revisiting disaster relief

October 30, 2014 | WJLA News 7 | National Security , Transportation & Infrastructure

Nearly two years after Hurricane Sandy and a majority of the $60 billion in recovery funds have not been spent. While Congress was quick to... Read More

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions Of Gallons Of Water Lost

October 30, 2014 | National Public Radio | Transportation & Infrastructure

Imagine Manhattan under almost 300 feet of water. Not water from a hurricane or a tsunami, but purified drinking water — 2.1 trillion gallons... Read More

Congress helping farmers reap huge subsidies

October 24, 2014 | Bloomberg News | Agriculture

WASHINGTON - A record U.S. harvest has pushed crop prices so low that taxpayers may pay billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than... Read More

Navy’s Budget Gimmicks Don’t Hold Water

October 22, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report | National Security

What do you do when the amount of money in your checking account is less than the amount you need to pay all your bills? What does any... Read More

The Cost of Fighting ISIS

October 16, 2014 | WJLA | National Security

Ellis interview October 14, 2014 Prior to the start of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq the Pentagon had been trying to make budget cuts to... Read More

Laws plummet in post-earmark era

October 15, 2014 | The Hill | Budget & Tax

The number of bills signed into law has plummeted since Washington politicians banned earmarks. Since the 2010 moratorium, Congress passed... Read More

Sensible Defense Budget Savings

October 15, 2014 | US News & World Report | National Security

There is a multi-billion dollar elephant in the room where Pentagon budget deals are made and broken. The name of that elephant is... Read More

Time to Get Real About the F-35

October 08, 2014 | Huffington Post | National Security

I understand the reluctance to simply walk away from the Pentagon's plan to buy a fleet of Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning Joint Strike... Read More

Barack Obama Says Deficit Fell from 10 Percent of GDP to 3 Percent on His Watch

October 07, 2014 | Politifact | Budget & Tax

During a speech at Northwestern University on Oct. 2, 2014, President Barack Obama offered a rosy -- if cautious -- view on the state of the... Read More

GovWatch: Report Says Air Force Overspending by Billions

October 07, 2014 | Dayton Daily News | Budget & Tax , National Security

The U.S. Air Force plans to spend $8.8 billion on possibly unnecessary attack drones, according to an inspector general’s report last week... Read More

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October 31, 2014

Taxpayer Tricks and Treats

Happy Halloween to everyone from Taxpayers for Common Sense. While Halloween is only a once per year event,... Read More

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Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014