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    Government Failures Congress Wants You to Fund This Year

    Wasteful, ineffective, failed. Those are all ways Heritage experts have described government programs Congress is funding—with your hard-earned money—in its new trillion-dollar omnibus spending bill. Here are a few big failures that need to be eliminated or seriously reformed—but instead are getting millions (or billions) of dollars. Head Start. Head … More

    Defunding COPS: Eliminating a Wasteful and Ineffective Grant Program

    The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee marked up the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2014 last week. While the bill still allocates too much funding for activities that are duplicative or inappropriate for the federal government to undertake, the committee did get something right: … More

    Morning Bell: Biden and Reid's "Jobs Bill" Farce

    If you listen to Vice President Joe Biden, the most effective way to prevent rape and murder is more federal stimulus spending. In the Vice President’s defense, at least this is a new argument, considering the others—jobs created, bridges built, energy generated—have all miserably failed. But this desperate argument, while … More

    More 'Stimulus' Spending on Failed Public Safety Grant Programs

    President Obama’s plan for turning America around is big on new spending, with insincere promises of budget cuts to come later. In particular, the President called on Congress to spend an additional $5 billion on federal subsidies for the salaries of local police officers and firefighters. The additional $5 billion … More

    House Strikes Out in Disciplining Security Spending

    In voting to prop up funding for COPS and fire grants—two discredited programs that fail to deliver any bang for our security bucks—the House calls in to question its credibility that it is going to cut spending while not compromising on our security. What security hawk could argue that when … More

    COPS Hiring Grants: An Unnecessary and Ineffective Program

    House Republicans are attempting to live up to their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal government’s current fiscal year 2011 budget. One of the proposed programs placed on the chopping block is the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) hiring grants. Created in the middle of President Bill Clinton’s … More

    Obama Stoops to Clinton Accounting Gimmick To Justify Stimulus Failure

    According to Amanda Carpenter at The Washington Times, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag decided to change the way the Obama administration counts the number of jobs saved or created under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, otherwise known as the economic stimulus package. Instead of determining whether … More

    The End of Federalism: COPS in Columbus

    During his visit to Columbus, Ohio on March 6, 2009, President Obama touted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as the type of “bold action” that is necessary to stimulate the economy. $1.25 million in stimulus funding awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), according to President … More

    The End of Federalism: COPS Edition

    Earlier this week, the USA Today reported that for the first time in the history of the United States, states and local governments are now dependent on the federal government for the majority of their revenues. While Medicaid is the driving force behind this growing dependency, it is not the … More