Posts by Craig Eyermann
Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and the creator of the Government Cost Calculator at MyGovCost.org.
Federal Burden of Regulation to Increase


Next week, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the next President of the United States. With the Congress narrowly divided, his supporters don’t expect much of his policy agenda to gain traction. But he can follow the example of President Obama, who used his pen and phone to bypass the Congress and put...
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The Bureaucrats of the Year


If you were to give out an award for Bureaucrat of the Year, how would you pick the winner? For example, 2020 had a lot of contenders. If you chose incompetence as the main criteria for picking a winner, you might choose the bureaucrats at the Centers for Disease Control. These are the highly...
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Logrolling Fills COVID Relief Bill With Waste


The latest example of how professional politicians generate costly waste on Capitol Hill just became official. Shortly after a number of COVID-19 relief measures passed earlier in 2020 as part of the CARES Act expired, President Trump signed a $2.3 trillion spending bill to extend them. The spending bill combines $900 billion of COVID-19...
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Federal Student Loan Program Is Losing Billions


In 2004, Barack Obama was running for a seat in the U.S. Senate in Illinois. Speaking before a group of students at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield, Illinois, he voiced an inspirational quote: “We have an obligation and a responsibility to be investing in our students and our schools. We must make sure...
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California’s Multibillion-Dollar Pandemic Unemployment Fraud


California’s government-waste problem with unemployment fraud has just become a lot bigger. It’s not just celebrities and prison inmates who have been fraudulently cashing in on California’s pandemic unemployment assistance program. If it were, the total amount of taxpayer money lost to fraudulent unemployment claims in the state would total less than $1 billion....
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California Prisoners Score Fraudulent Unemployment Benefits


Scamming COVID unemployment benefits from California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) isn’t just for celebrity rappers any more. Serial killers, rapists, and child molesters can cash in too! Just before Thanksgiving, a law enforcement task force discovered that thousands of fraudulent COVID unemployment claims had been filed by residents of California’s state prisons. Worse, the...
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Celebrities Cash In on COVID-Relief Fraud


To borrow a line from the movie Taken, the U.S. government has a “particular set of skills.” It borrows trillions of dollars and it spends trillions of dollars. Unlike Liam Neeson’s character in Taken, Uncle Sam isn’t particularly good at either of these skills. After state and local governments shuttered businesses and mandated residents...
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Is the Presidential Election Winner Ready to Face a Mammoth Debt Crisis?


Writing in Foreign Policy, economist Dambisa Moyo paints a nightmare scenario of what is waiting for the next U.S. President:

A Wasteful Federal Spending Quiz


Politicians and bureaucrats waste millions of dollars on crazy stupid things every year. But can you tell the difference between an actual federal budget line item and something that just sounds like a crazy stupid thing on which an American politician would spend money? Let’s test your skills. I’ve listed eight simple descriptions of...
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Federal PPP Loans Put Corrupt Hands in the Till


COVID-19 has taught us that the government is bad at spending money. It might be different if it could target money where it’s needed most. But federal bureaucrats lack that ability. Because they do, billions have gone to waste. That waste has left millions of needy Americans in the lurch. Let’s start with the...
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