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Archive for the 'Government Waste' Category

There Are Too Many Government Employees, And They’re Paid Too Much

by @ Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Filed under Government, Government Waste, Individual Liberty, Politics

Getting Serious About Downsizing Government

by @ Tuesday, October 6th, 2009. Filed under Government, Government Waste, Individual Liberty, Politics

The Cato Institute has launched a new site,, committed to cutting waste from the federal budget: The research on the site also exposes that many public outlays—though vigorously defended by the politicians who created them and the constituencies they purport to help—are remarkably ineffective at achieving their core aims. “Some people have lofty visions […]

Is Ron Paul Right About Earmarks ?

by @ Wednesday, March 11th, 2009. Filed under Economics, Government, Government Waste, Politics, Ron Paul

The Club for Growth calls his thinking backwards and alleges that he’s enabling more and more spending, Don Surber just calls him daft, but Ron Paul has an argument in favor of earmarks that does make sense: NEIL CAVUTO, HOST: Speaking of a lot of money, the battle about the money they’re spending on Capitol […]

Well That Didn’t Take Long

The vultures have already started claiming their piece of the $ 700 bailout package: WASHINGTON (AP) – The bailout is now the hottest lobbying game in town. Insurers, automakers and American subsidiaries of foreign banks all want the Treasury Department to cut them a piece of the largest government rescue in U.S. history. The betting […]

Thanks Again, Mr. President

by @ Wednesday, October 15th, 2008. Filed under Economics, George W Bush, Government, Government Waste, Politics

The federal budget deficit has ended the fiscal year with another record: WASHINGTON (Bloomberg) — The federal budget deficit rose to $455 billion in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 as financial market strains slowed economic growth while spending rose the most since 1990. By comparison, the deficit a year earlier was $162 billion, […]

Thanks America, From Metro Washington, D.C.

by @ Thursday, October 2nd, 2008. Filed under Government Waste, Virginia, Washington DC

We really appreciate that $ 1.5 billion you just gave us: The U.S. Senate voted last night to authorize long-sought federal funding for Washington’s cash-strapped and aging Metro system, clearing a major hurdle toward providing $1.5 billion over 10 years to help maintain the nation’s second-busiest rail system. The Senate passage is the furthest the […]

Sarah Palin And The Bridge To Nowhere

by @ Monday, September 1st, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Government Waste, Politics, Sarah Palin

She was for it before she was against it: ST.PAUL — In her nationally televised speech accepting the job as John McCain’s running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she “championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress” and opposed federal funding for a controversial bridge to a sparsely populated island. “I […]

Strange Bedfellows To Say The Least

by @ Wednesday, August 20th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Congress, Government Waste, Politics

Ron Paul endorses Alaska Congressman Don Young (R., Bridge To Nowhere): Former Republican presidential contender Ron Paul has endorsed Don Young in his bid to win an 18th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Paul, the 72-year-old congressman from Texas whose maverick presidential bid drew wide support in Alaska, sent out a letter to […]

It’s Time To End Political Welfare

by @ Thursday, August 14th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Barack Obama, Bob Barr, Government Waste, John McCain, Politics

Bob Barr is calling for an end to the practice of using taxpayer dollars to fund the Republican and Democratic National Conventions: Atlanta, GA – “My party has already held its convention without a single taxpayer dollar in its support,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party presidential nominee. But the Republican and Democratic conventions live […]

The End Of Limited Government

by @ Tuesday, June 17th, 2008. Filed under Government Waste, Individual Liberty

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