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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Nearly $3 million dollars’ worth of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) equipment has been gathering dust in a warehouse, according to a March 16, 2015 Inspector General’s (IG) audit. The EPA IG conducted a review of cost controls in the agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). The IG investigated three of ORD’s fourteen research facilities […]

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It is bad enough the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) squandered $2 million of taxpayer money on grants and projects to capture methane gas from agricultural waste and landfills in foreign countries, $15 million on fraudulent credit card use, and in spite of several employees’ illicit behavior, such as watching pornography or running a business while at […]

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Following Australia’s 2012 foray into plain packaging, the Irish Senate adopted a resolution to restrict the use of corporate logos and trademarks on cigarette packaging on March 3, 2015. The resolution had previously passed the Lower House in late February, and now heads to the Irish President to be signed into law. Unfortunately, these new […]

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Today, March 4, 2015, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments to King v. Burwell.  It’s a big deal because it could decide whether the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as ObamaCare, survives in its current format.  More to the point, the decision will have implications regarding the balance of power between the three co-equal […]

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On February 26, 2015, the three Democratic commissioners at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made a monumental decision to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. In other words, they thought it was a good idea to apply an 80 year-old statute intended to regulate the monopoly Bell telephone system […]

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