Category Archives: Federal deficit

If you thought the Volt was a bad idea …

Eric Peters outlines for Washington Examiner readers the latest waste of taxpayer money on electric cars. Why does General Motors continue to throw money at electric cars? Perhaps because it’s not their money. It’s yours. And mine. In the form of apparently endless taxpayer-extorted “help” to spur the design and manufacture of vehicles that haveContinue Reading

Feds and food deserts

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon turns her attention to the federal government’s questionable spending on the humanities. The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending more than $300,000 to talk about “food deserts” in Pennsylvania and sea level rise in Miami. The projects are part of the federal agency’s “Humanities in the PublicContinue Reading

Another six-figure federal boondoggle

Elizabeth Harrington continues to dig into details of the federal budget and finds another questionable expense. She offers details in a Washington Free Beacon article. The National Endowment for the Humanities is spending $250,000 on a traveling exhibit that displays “collective memories” of prisoners. Funded through the agency’s Common Good” initiative, the exhibit is aContinue Reading

The president’s depressing legacy

A recent Investor’s Business Daily editorial offers a disturbing picture of the federal government Barack Obama will bequeath to his successor. When President Obama released his first budget plan in 2009, he called it a “New Era of Responsibility.” What he produced was irresponsibility on a historic scale. … … First, there’s the deficit, whichContinue Reading

A $75 million government building that government can’t use

Kathryn Watson‘s latest Daily Caller story offers a textbook example of the federal government’s bloat. General Services Administration (GSA) officials designed a $75 million federal law enforcement facility so unsuited to what the intended occupants needed that they couldn’t use the building when it was completed, according to the Government Accountability Office. GSA, already notoriousContinue Reading

And the federal government should be doing this because … ?

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon uncovers another high-priority use of federal tax dollars. The National Institutes of Health is spending more than $400,000 sending text messages to Latino men to encourage them to exercise. The University of California, San Diego is conducting the study, which is attempting to employ the “low-cost” strategy ofContinue Reading

CBO: Federal deficit will continue to rise

A new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report says that “the deficit this year will increase, relative to the size of the economy, for the first time since 2009.”  CBO researchers continue, If current laws generally remained unchanged, the deficit would grow over the next 10 years, and by 2026 it would be considerably larger thanContinue Reading

Barron’s editorial page editor parses the federal spending deal

Don’t expect much praise from Thomas Donlan of Barron’s as he examines the results of the federal spending deal. Business as usual has returned to Capitol Hill. At the end of the old year, Congress presented and President Barack Obama signed a $1.1 trillion omnibus appropriation to cover expenses through Sept. 30 of the newContinue Reading