Category Archives: Federal deficit

What’s a ‘mindful eating intervention’?

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest discovery within the maze of mind-boggling government spending involves third-graders’ eating habits. She documents her findings for the Washington Free Beacon. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is spending nearly $150,000 to test a “mindful eating intervention” on third graders in California. A grant awarded earlier this month outlined the project thatContinue Reading

Barron’s D.C. man rewrites the laws of physics

Jim McTague of Barron’s focuses his latest “D.C. Current” column on Washington gridlock. Ah, Washington! We have our own, twisted version of Isaac Newton’s famous third law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite inaction. The Obama administration is hunkering down for two more years of gridlock, planning to give back to theContinue Reading

Lies about budget ‘cuts’ not confined to N.C. government

Dan Mitchell devotes an International Liberty blog entry to the claim that congressional Republicans want to “cut” the federal budget. The most relevant data is that the Republican Chairmen want spending to climb by about $1.4 trillion over the next decade (annual spending increases averaging about 3.3 percent per year), while Obama wants spending toContinue Reading

$12 billion education program is glorified day care

Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution recently evaluated the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC), a program that provides federal funds for before- and after-school programs for at-risk children.  Dynarski argues that the program is glorified day care, To date, more than $12 billion of federal tax money has been spent on a program thatContinue Reading

High-Risk Federal Programs Report

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released an update to its list of high-risk federal program areas, which is updated every two years. The Medicaid program remains on GAO’s list of designated high-risk programs, primarily due to its size and the variability of program structures from state to state. GAO notes that data used for oversightContinue Reading

Balancing the ‘sequester’ and U.S. defense needs

Daniel Wiser reports for the Washington Free Beacon about the internal debate among congressional Republicans over maintaining defense spending within the limits set by sequestration cuts. Republicans admit that while the spending caps have helped to reduce deficits in recent years and ensure fiscal responsibility, defense spending has also declined during a period of globalContinue Reading

Raising the Debt Limit….Secretary Lew asks Congress

Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent another letter to Congressional leadership regarding the steps (also known as “extraordinary measures”) that the Treasury Department would take to continue financing the federal government once the statutory debt limit was reinstated. The measures described in the letter, such as declaring a “debt issuance suspension period” regarding investmentsContinue Reading

Feds want to know how much time you spend in the hotel shower

Elizabeth Harrington‘s latest federal government spending discovery for the Washington Free Beacon involves your personal habits in hotel rooms. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants hotels to monitor how much time its guests spend in the shower. The agency is spending $15,000 to create a wireless system that will track how much water a hotelContinue Reading