In what appears to be an unprecedented and illegal action, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has apparently for the first time hired a law firm to assist in the income tax audit and investigation of a taxpayer. In a May 13, 2015 letter to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) […]

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A May 11, 2015 report from the Brattle Group estimates the value of the 645.5 MHz of licensed spectrum currently in use at almost $500 billion. Beyond the monetary value of this spectrum are the services provided to consumers using licensed spectrum through their mobile devices. According to the report, economists have estimated that the […]

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Within hours of the deadly crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, big spenders from Washington and New York pounced on the tragedy as a reason to throw more taxpayer money Amtrak’s way. Let’s begin with the fact that eight people lost their lives in this accident. More than 200 were injured. Politicians and liberal […]

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The U.S. Trade Representative has been working on two important trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Each of the agreements provides opportunities for the U.S. to expand its reach into the global market, while protecting and promoting U.S. manufactured goods overseas. The agreements also present an opportunity […]

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It was the headline on the FOX Business News April 27 article that captured my attention.  It said, “More Government Waste Found at Medicare.”  I thought, well, what else is new, it’s pretty much a government-run program where waste and fraud is rampant.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) estimated it was about $50 […]

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Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is on a mission.  He is trying to uncover how Congress became a “small business” for the sole purpose of not having to follow Affordable Care Act (ACA) rules like other Americans.  (ACA is also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or ObamaCare.) On Thursday, April 23, in […]

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In years past, when people heard the terms Gold, Silver, Bronze, they thought about the Olympic medals.  Now, they likely think of ObamaCare with its metallic collection of expensive healthcare plans of Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. We have also heard of the numerous extralegal exemptions and delays for employers to provide, or for people to […]

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On March 24, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held the first hearing on the 340B drug discount program since 2005. Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) has called for a hearing on this program for well over a year and has written about problems with program for some time. (See, for example, my […]

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There is a problem when a large business is able to use a federal program designed to help small and minority-owned businesses in order to obtain discounts from the government. Unfortunately, that may have occurred during the recent Advanced Wireless Services (AWS-3) spectrum auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). In November 2014, the […]

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A report by former top Commerce Department official and Clinton economic adviser Robert Shapiro reveals the inherent subsidies and monopoly benefits provided to the United States Postal Service (USPS) result in more than $18 billion in financial competitive advantages per year.   No matter what anyone tells you, the USPS is, in fact, a government […]

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