Tag: Government waste
Lessons from the Dirty Streets of San Francisco

If you ask most people, the way the government is supposed to work is simple. The people identify a problem they want the government to fix. The government hires and deploys people to fix it, using tax dollars to pay them to get the job done. Problem solved! Except that’s not what happens. More...
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COVID Relief: Where Did All That Money Go?

One year ago, Americans began getting far more first-hand experience with a viral epidemic than any wanted. One year later, the U.S. government has spent $6 trillion to provide relief from the coronavirus pandemic. Of that total, $37 billion was spent on Operation Warp Speed’s development of several vaccines. The vaccines are the main...
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2020 Festivus Grievances: $54 Billion in Waste

For those of us who pay attention to government spending, the week between Christmas and New Years is a busy time. It’s never pretty, because this is when a lot of wasteful spending is forced through by logrolling politicians. But that doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at them and their wasteful spending priorities. That’s...
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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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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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Tracking Waste in the Paycheck Protection Program

At $541 billion, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is the largest component of the federal government’s emergency COVID-19 relief program. That’s an absolutely massive amount of money for politicians and bureaucrats to spend under normal circumstances, much less today’s. If the PPP were a regular discretionary line item expenditure in the federal budget, it...
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Paycheck Protection Program a Costly Mess

By Washington, D.C., standards, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a success. The program funded over $659 billion of loans to small businesses so they could avoid laying off employees because of state and local lockdown orders. Small businesses that take out PPP loans can also receive a unique bonus: As long as the...
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