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    How Congress Gets Away with Spending THIS Much Money

    Imagine for a moment that you were an NBA superstar. It’s tough to fathom making $30.5 million per year like Kobe Bryant does—but just think of that level of wealth. Even with that superstar salary, to pay for this year’s $1 trillion federal spending spree you would have to work … More

    Want Spending Reduced? Support Cutting Your Favorite Government Program

    It’s time for citizens to hold elected officials accountable about spending – even if that means their favorite government-funded program gets axed. There’s no hint that Washington is starting to take our outrageous spending levels seriously. On the contrary, on Capitol Hill this week, lawmakers are preparing to vote in … More

    Members of Congress Won't Read This Bill

    Passing bills to find out what’s in them… that was so 2010, right? Sadly, no. Any day now, Congress is likely to release the trillion-dollar Trojan horse that is the spending bill for 2014. It’s going to be big, and it’s going to be rushed. And few members of Congress … More

    What the Government Got You This Year (in Pictures)

    Today, the Senate is set to pass the new U.S. budget deal in all its spend-tastic glory. Lawmakers have hemmed and hawed about making any cuts to spending, despite countless examples of ridiculous decisions that have wasted taxpayers’ money. So it’s timely that the office of Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) … More

    No Room for Spending Cuts? How About Government Employee Trips to the Caribbean?

    If government employees can enjoy a stay in a luxury hotel made famous on The Bachelor, then surely Congress could find somewhere to make spending cuts. In November, a group of federal government employees connected with the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force enjoyed a trip to St. Croix, courtesy of … More

    Tax Increases Really Hurt Growth and Jobs

    Some lawmakers, led by Senate Budget Committee chair Patty Murray (D–WA), are seeking to raise taxes in the budget conference to replace the modest spending reductions referred to as sequestration. They say that spending cuts hurt growth and jobs. If they are truly concerned about the economy and Americans’ opportunities, … More

    Wasteful Spending Programs at the Department of Energy

    With the next budget battle looming, there will be attempts to undo sequestration, and proponents of a bloated budget will argue that very little if anything should be cut from the budget. But there are several programs within the Department of Energy (DOE) that can be cut or eliminated entirely. … More

    Water Resources Bill: Don’t Repeat the Olmsted Lock Mistake

    In typical Washington fashion, lawmakers shoved an authorization for the Olmsted Lock and Dam Project—which, in this context looks a lot like an earmark—into the fast-moving, eleventh-hour deal ending the government shutdown and averting a debt crisis. Olmsted is located where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers meet near the Kentucky, … More

    Morning Bell: 6 Reasons Why the National Debt Keeps Rising

    Out-of-control spending by Congress and the Obama Administration has once again maxed out the latest debt limit—a nearly $17 trillion burden that harms job growth, gives special interests a pass, and lowers American families’ personal income. Inspired by Dave Ramsey’s recent post “6 Reasons People Stay in Debt,” we compiled … More

    The Senate Continuing Resolution and Its Demons

    The massive spending bill released by the Senate this week suffers the same flaws as the measure the House passed last week: It spends too much, fails to protect national defense, and is full of unnecessary, wasteful spending. Like the House bill, the Senate’s continuing resolution (CR)—which is needed to … More