Our bureaucrats are scamming the system

The Washington Post recently reported that an examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office billed his department for more than 18 weeks of pay last year for work he didn’t do. But his manager didn’t notice until he received an anonymous letter claiming the employee only showed up for his job sporadically and turned in work that was Continue Reading

Traveling on the taxpayer’s dime

Recently, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe traveled to New York City on a state plane for a U2 concert where he joined long-time friends Bill and Hillary Clinton. The trip, which was not mentioned in the governor’s public calendar, highlights both his continued close friendship with the Clintons as well as a new pay-your-own-way mentality by Continue Reading

Fraud-plagued cellphone giveaway program expanded

The Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, intended to offer low-income people access to basic telephone services, has become notorious for its waste, fraud, abuse and lack of strategic planning and oversight. So, naturally, the FCC recently voted 3-2 to expand the program to provide subsidized broadband service. Though the Lifeline program was established by the Continue Reading

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