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    Morning Bell: Where Could We POSSIBLY Cut the Federal Budget?

    If you had to cut your family’s budget, where would you cut? Would you immediately start starving your children and stop wearing shoes? Of course not. You would look at the extras in your life—whether they were coffee shop lattes, movie tickets, or restaurant meals. It’s a good thing the … More

    Spain’s Top Five Renewable Energy Waste Examples: A Lesson for the U.S.

    With Spain’s lavish support for renewable energy projects drying out, companies that relied on these government handouts to make a buck are either leaving the country in search of new misguided benefactors or risking going bust. According to Bloomberg: Spanish renewable-energy companies that once got Europe’s biggest subsidies are deserting … More

    Seattle Succumbs to Latest Eco-Fad, Bans Plastic Bags

    The plastic bag police scored a victory in Seattle this week. The liberal enclave imposed a ban on plastic bags and a 5-cent tax on paper bags, joining other major cities in the latest nanny-state crackdown sweeping the nation. Seattle’s ban applies to all grocery, retail and convenience stores. It … More

    Scribecast: Acting 'Green' Is Now More Important Than Helping Environment

    As environmentalism has become more trendy, the value of appearing green is now more important than helping the environment, argues Todd Myers in a new book called “Eco-Fads.” He spoke at Heritage this week and joined us for Scribecast.  Myers cited the Obama administration’s $535 million Solyndra scandal as a … More

    Lawmakers Form House-Senate Effort to Eliminate Duplicative Government Programs

    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has a powerful ally in the fight to eliminate wasteful duplication in government programs: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced the two lawmakers are teaming up for a bipartisan, House-Senate effort to eliminate overlapping and unaccountable government services that cost taxpayers more than $100 billion … More

    Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid Still Await Solutions

    Recent hearings in both the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation and the Senate Finance Committee took a closer look at fraud within Medicare and Medicaid. Spending on Medicare and Medicaid is on an unsustainable path due to rising health care costs and an aging population. Meanwhile, … More

    Duplication in Government Programs Costs Taxpayers at Least $100 Billion

    House Republicans could fulfill their Pledge to America promise of cutting $100 billion simply by eliminating duplicative government programs. That’s the startling news from a new Government Accountability Office report today that exposes widespread waste in the federal government. GAO’s 345-page report (PDF) was initiated more than a year ago … More

    California Squirms with CIRM: The Embryonic Stem Cell Boondoggle

    Centrally planned job creation and scientific research pose many of the same problems: extraordinary expense, a pattern of politically shaped insider transactions, and less than promising results. This occurs for substantially the same reason: government attempts to pick winners and losers in developing fields ignore the discipline of the marketplace … More

    EPA’s New Rating System Encourages Poor Decisions

    The EPA recently proposed a new grading requirement for new car stickers. The A–D grading system would rank cars according to their fuel efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions to help consumers make better choices. In the new grading scheme, the Ford Focus gets a B and the Toyota Prius gets … More

    Real or Fake: $3.2 Million Turtle Tunnels

    Last week, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-OK) and John McCain (R-AZ) released a report detailing 100 wasteful economic stimulus projects including $144,541 in stimulus funds to study the effect of cocaine use on monkeys. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. The creative team at Bankrupting America has highlighted … More