Tag: Government waste
The DEA’s New $42,595 Vacuum Cleaner for Spies

The various branches of the federal government sometimes spend taxpayer dollars in very strange ways.

The Fifty-Cent Fix for the Air Force’s Broken $1,200 Coffee Cups

Another example of government waste.

Construction of California’s Stonehenge Costing $3.1 Million Per Day

Until the California Bullet Train project is canceled, the one thing that can be guaranteed is that its cost will grow even higher than the $77 billion it is slated to cost taxpayers today.

Education Waste Leaves Taxpayers No Choice

Parents and students deserve full educational choice, with the dollar following the scholar, as a matter of basic civil rights.

Federal Bureaucrats Behaving Badly

Bureaucrats put their own interests ahead of those of regular Americans.

A Sleeping Watchdog at the VA

VA Accountability Act failing to hold wrongdoers accountable.

Feds Spend $3M to Find Out Why Clubbers Get Drunk and Aggressive

“Unobtrusive systematic observations” conducted by federal researchers at nightclubs.

“Fleeced Navidad” Government Wastes Taxpayer Money Tracking Santa

“He’s sees you when you’re sleeping. He’s knows when you’re awake.” Chances are you recognize these lines from the famous Christmas tune, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” We can debate about how it is that Santa knows all these things. Perhaps it’s the fact he’s magical? Is Santa omnipotent? Does he have a...
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Governmental “Reform” Is an Oxymoron

Pick your favorite scandal du jour: Four employees of the Export-Import Bank recently were forced out of their jobs following allegations that they had solicited or accepted bribes from beneficiaries of the bank’s subsidies for foreign-based purchasers of U.S. exports or steered loans to politically powerful U.S. exporters. The director of the Internal Revenue...
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Emily Skarbek Is Interviewed on the Government Cost Calculator on Reason TV

Independent Institute Research Fellow Emily Skarbek is interviewed here by Nick Gillespie of Reason TV regarding the Institute’s very timely and far-reaching Government Cost Calculator. The Calculator enables any American to clearly understand three aspects of federal government spending. First, the Calculator helps you determine how much a person will pay for various federal...
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