“After the Federal Communication Commission reported this week that 41 percent of those receiving free mobile phones don’t meet the requirements — some because they’re dead — the proponents of the so-called “Obama phone” program are firing back. But they still miss the point.”
“U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., known for his periodic “Pork Reports” of government waste, said the program is “ballooning out of control” and has “morphed into a [...]
October 21, 2012
According to a report published earlier this week, some $4.5 billion has been inappropriately applied to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps, including benefits that were administered to 2,000 dead people in New York and Massachusetts.
Sen. Tom Coburn’s (R-Okla.) new archive of government waste, entitled the 2012 “Waste Book,” found that “7,236 people in these states are receiving duplicate benefits, while 286 are [...]
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) on Monday helped kick off a hunger strike of postal workers protesting what they say is an effort to privatize and dismantle the cash-strapped United States Postal Service.
The strike — which includes 10 postal workers, union activists and supporters, but not Kucinich himself — is the latest in a long saga of efforts to reform the postal service as it faces a dim financial future.
While lawmakers generally agree that postal reform is [...]
Even though by his own estimation he has very little prospect of winning the Republican nomination,Newt Gingrich is still likely costing the taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars a day with his Secret Service detail on the campaign trail.
Gingrich reportedly requested Secret Service protection in February and was granted a detail in early March. In April 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told the Homeland Security Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee that it was [...]
Could Congress be persuaded to spend taxpayer money on a Museum of Government Waste?
That’s what filmmakers Ellen and Jim Hubbard of Nevada have been trying to figure out for the last five years.
The couple is releasing a film — set to come out this year — about their quest to obtain an earmark from Congress for a museum dedicated to wasteful government spending.
The point of the film and project, Ellen Hubbard said, [...]
Dr. Coburn Releases New Report on Wasteful Government Spending in 2011: “Wastebook 2011”
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new oversight report, “Wastebook 2011” that highlights over $6.5 billion in examples of some of the most egregious ways your taxpayer dollars were wasted. This report details 100 of the countless unnecessary, duplicative and low-priority projects spread throughout the federal government.
“Video games, robot dragons, Christmas trees, and [...]
This story is the first in a weeklong series on Gallup.com on Americans’ views on the role and performance of government.
PRINCETON, NJ — A record-high 81% of Americans are dissatisfied with the way the country is being governed, adding to negativity that has been building over the past 10 years.
Majorities of Democrats (65%) and Republicans (92%) are dissatisfied with the nation’s governance. This perhaps reflects the shared [...]
ABC News’ Devin Dwyer (@devindwyer) reports: The Republican National Committee has asked the Justice Department to investigate what it calls a matter of “grave concern:” President Obama’s appearance in a campaign video filmed inside the White House.
“If President Obama recorded the video in the Map Room, then it appears he has committed a crime under federal law,” RNC chairman Reince Priebus wrote in [...]
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — There is now a shocking new strategy to fight copper crime. Street lights are now staying on 24-hours a day in one Sacramento neighborhood and the city is banking on live wires to keep criminals away.
But during the day, it just seems like a waste.
“It’s a lot of money going down the drain,” says Steve Douthitt.
Steve Douthitt lives in a neighborhood where street lights stayed on all [...]
(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed a plan to save billions of taxpayer dollars by creating an independent board to speed up the sale of thousands of unneeded federal properties at home and abroad.
President Barack Obama previewed the plan in his 2012 budget and State of the Union Address as part of his efforts to trim government waste and curb a budget deficit [...]
By: Hans von Spakovsky
An open letter to Rep. Frank Wolf, chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce-Justice-Science:You’re looking for unnecessary spending to cut from the federal budget. Well, one piece of low-hanging fruit ripe for picking is the bloated budget of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. It’s something to discuss with Attorney General Eric Holder [...]
“Apocalyptic pain” from an out-of-control debt could cause 18 percent unemployment and a massive contraction in the economy that would destroy the middle class, a leading Republican deficit hawk said in an interview that aired Sunday.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who recently issued a report on government waste, warned that the U.S. only has about three or four years to get its fiscal house in order or it could [...]
The United States imports 20 million barrels of oil PER DAY or 1 BILLION barrels every 50 days !!
The U.S. trade deficit is now nearly $1 trillion dollars per year, which accumulates year by year. Of this $1 trillion dollar yearly trade deficit, $600 billion is caused by the importation of oil into the U.S.
This fact has been largely absent during recent political discussions about [...]
Government waste does not create economic growth, period. Government spending is inherently a form of institutionalised consumption. So somebody else needs to create the wealth to fund such consumption.
In Western Europe, we live in a “Keynesian” world now. We are already reaping the negative consequences of that. But still our Treasury departments, our politicians, our trade unions and too many of our economists refuse to get it.
When they get caught [...]