The Regulatory State’s War against Modern Life

When writing about the burden of regulation, I often share big numbers about aggregate cost, job losses, time wasted, and foregone growth. But I sometimes wonder if such data is effective in the battle for good policy. Maybe it’s better, at least in some cases, to focus on regulations that affect quality of life for regular Continue Reading

Obama Blocks Investigator’s Access to Files Related to DOJ Scandals

This post from Joe Wolverton, II, J.D. at the New American highlights abuses of power that are being carried out by the Obama administration. President Obama has ordered that if the official tasked with investigating corruption in the Department of Justice wants access to sensitive files, he’ll have to get permission from — the Department of Justice. Continue Reading

Is The Cape Wind Project An Offshore Solyndra?

The perception of the inevitable failure of the Cape Wind project seemed more likely early this year when the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts announced they would not be purchasing electricity generated by the proposed project, the Wall Street Journal reported. The project, to be located off the coast of Nantucket island, would include 130 Continue Reading

One Way Lawmakers Use to Get Around the Earmark Ban

In the midst of the horrifying allegations that Planned Parenthood has been selling organs of aborted babies, there’s been at least a bit of good news from Washington. On Tuesday, the House of Representatives scrapped a floor vote which would have given millions of taxpayer dollars to the Susan G. Komen organization, which in turn supports Continue Reading

Lawmakers press administration on Medicare fraud

Getty Images Lawmakers on Tuesday accused the Obama administration of being slow to implement inspector general recommendations on fraud in the Medicare prescription drug program. At a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee, lawmakers pointed out that the administration has not fully implemented nine recommendations from the inspector general to crack down Continue Reading

The Defense Department’s Hotel Chains

While our military pares down its fighting force by 40,000 soldiers over the next two years, the Department of Everything continues to spend money on non-defense programs. Here’s one of the more egregious.  While our elected representatives fight over the Defense Department’s massive budget, it behooves those of us who wish to see that government Continue Reading

The Department of Everything

In November of 2012 I wrote this post about the Department of Defense’s spending on programs that have nothing to do with defense. Recently the DoD announced that the Army will be cutting 40,000 troops over the next two years. Meanwhile, the Department of Everything continues to spend money of motels, schools, energy research, global Continue Reading

Lost: $3 billion in subsidies

Like the gang that couldn’t shoot straight, the Obama administration has done it again. The Department of Health and Human Services was audited by the Inspector General and he found that some $3 billion was distributed to the wrong people or given away in incorrect sums. The system was never administered by HHS to make sure the subsidies Continue Reading

Your Hard-Earned Tax Dollars at Work

Reading the newspapers this past weekend made it abundantly clear that federal, state and local governments are increasingly looking for ways to raise new revenues to meet unfunded spending requirements and initiatives. Chicago is looking to pass gambling legislation to come up with a revenue stream for a $30 billion unfunded pension system liability. New Continue Reading