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Spending Run Amok: Monkeys or Ethics

Congress has run amok again with spending on monkeys almost outpacing spending on their Ethics Panel. Republicans and Democrats agree on very little, but you’ll hear both parties decry government waste, fraud and abuse on the campaign trail. So where did Congress first look to save money? Their own Office of Congressional Ethics that holds Continue Reading

How the Bureaucracy Prepared for the Shutdown

A bottomless pit

While both Houses of the Congress argued about the terms of the Continuing Resolution to fund the Federal government, the bureaucracy prepared for the shutdown by a frenzy of year-end spending. Like most large organizations the philosophy of “spend it or lose it” prevails. The bureaucracies of large government spend endless hours tracking their spending Continue Reading

More Spending=More Waste, Fraud and Abuse

Seems simple but until now no one has really pinpointed the core reason for the vast amounts of waste, fraud and abuse that the United States is currently experiencing. All levels of the American government, federal, state and local, are just bleeding money in an unending torrent. The simple reason is that the more we Continue Reading

A Billion Here, A Billion There

The late Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen once proclaimed that “A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” In an era of multi-trillion dollar budgets and trillion dollar deficits a billion or even a million may not seem like real money anymore but it’s still real money. The red ink that our government Continue Reading

California High-Speed Rail Still Going Nowhere

Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood testified at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on California high-speed rail. On the occasion of his 67th birthday, Mr. LaHood pressed lawmakers to release funding for the controversial train to nowhere. We’ve written on this subject on a number of occasions. The high-speed rail project, once estimated to cost Continue Reading

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