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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The House of Representatives voted today on H.R. 596, a bill that would repeal and replace ObamaCare.  H.R. 596 passed by a vote of 239 to 186.  The bill was introduced by Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.) and had 98 co-sponsors. The bill requires the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Energy and Commerce, the Committee on the […]

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The President’s State of the Union Address would have made a good episode of “The Twilight Zone.” In “The Obama Zone,” the following is true, because he either never mentioned the subject matter or failed to properly state the facts: ∙ There is no national debt. President Obama never mentioned “national debt” throughout his entire […]

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Not all improper payments are fraudulent (inadvertent expenditures are all too common in the federal government, but many are “honest mistakes” without nefarious intent), but all fraud should be considered improper. Or so one would think. On Thursday, January 15, 2015, the Washington Examiner reported that “Pentagon counters missed $145 million in wasted military health […]

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The President continued his preview of the State of the Union address on January 14, 2015 by announcing that among the top priorities for this year will be “removing barriers” for faster Internet speeds. This follows his November 10, 2014 statement asking the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify the Internet in order to subject it […]

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