Tag: Government waste
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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Are Police Forces the Best Candidates for Defunding?

In the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis cop, calls are ringing out to defund the police. Those who question the wisdom of such a move might want to consider some other candidates for defunding. The U.S. Department of Education would be a good place to start. 

Bipartisan Proposals for Spending Cuts

Thanks to the coronavirus recession, the U.S. government is on track to borrow more money in 2020 that it will collect in taxes as it cranks up its deficit spending to unprecedented levels. That’s the best estimate of the Congressional Budget Office, which finally weighed in on the fiscal impact of the emergency spending...
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Financially Troubled Amtrak Is Taking Taxpayers for a Ride

Last November, several news outlets reported that Amtrak, the nation’s heavily subsidized passenger rail service, was on track to break even for the first time in the company’s history. After nearly 50 continuous years of operating in the red, covering all its history, 2020 may become its first year in the black:

A Broken Track for California’s Zombie Bullet Train

California’s costly high-speed bullet train boondoggle has officially entered a zombie-like state of existence, neither truly alive nor fully dead.

Meet the Federal Agency Propaganda Mascots That Cost Taxpayers a Fortune

Meet Sammy Soil. Sammy is one of the many official mascots of a federal government agency who, along with friends at other government departments like Franklin the Fair Housing Fox, Rex the Ready Kids’ Mountain Lion or Pedro the Penguin, serve as mascots intended to create a favorable public impression of the agencies.

U.S. Government Could Max Out Its Credit by Early September

If things go as analysts at the Bipartisan Policy Center expect, the U.S. government will face a heightened risk of defaulting on its $22 trillion debt in early September.

California Farmers Waiting on a Train That Will Never Come

As monumental boondoggles go, it’s hard to top California’s bullet train.

U. S. Defense Contractor Shows How Government Regulation Can Lead to Price Gouging

Government regulation contributes to stifling effective competition in the free market which leads to price gouging and excessive inflation.

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