Category Archives: Federal deficit

NC researchers: No decline in obesity despite federal policy

Three North Carolina-based researchers have found “no evidence of a decline in obesity prevalence in any age group, despite substantial clinical and policy efforts targeting the issue.” Asheley Cockrell Skinner, Eliana Perrin, and Joseph Skelton’s study, “Prevalence of Obesity and Severe Obesity in US Children, 1999-2014,” has recently been published by the academic journal Obesity. Continue Reading

Beneficiaries of wasteful government spending defend their work

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon offers an amusing account of her recent trek to a high-dollar “science fair.” It was a strange feeling being notorious in a roomful of government-funded scientists, about a fourth of whom were subjects of my reporting that highlighted the questionable expenditures their research represented. I was greeted immediatelyContinue Reading

Federal tax collections in perspective

A article offers valuable context as you consider arguments from those — Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders come to mind — who believe the U.S. should increase taxation. Over the course of the 86 full months that President Barack Obama has completed serving in the White House—from February 2009 through March 2016–the U.S. TreasuryContinue Reading

Tightening the government’s belt would help

Elizabeth Harrington highlights for Washington Free Beacon readers a new report recommending ways the federal government could make major reductions in taxpayer spending with no negative impact on services. Eliminating duplicative federal programs and inefficiencies could save taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, according to a new report released by the Government Accountability Office. TheContinue Reading

Another worthy use of your tax dollars

Is that headline a microaggression? Beats me. Perhaps your tax dollars can be used to study the issue. Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon explains that taxpayer funding already targets the microaggression issue. The National Science Foundation is spending over $500,000 to videotape male engineering students while they work in labs to see ifContinue Reading

Waste, fraud, and abuse? Standard operating procedure in the federal government

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute laments at National Review Online about the rampant waste within federal agency budgets. In the nearly seven years since the 2009 subway crash that killed nine people, the Washington, D.C., Metro transit system has spent more than $4.5 billion on a capital-improvements project designed to increase safety. The MetroContinue Reading

Your tax dollars at work

Elizabeth Harrington of the Washington Free Beacon continues her seemingly endless efforts to document federal government spending that strays far from the purpose of government. The National Endowment for the Humanities released its latest round of projects, which includes studies of the “history of French lesbian activism,” and $20,000 for a new college course onContinue Reading

You’ll be shocked — shocked! — to learn about the likely trajectory of federal spending

Susan Ferrechio details for Washington Examiner readers the latest projections for a congressional spending plan. It’s now looking less likely that fiscally conservative House lawmakers will win spending cuts in the fiscal 2017 budget deal. After lawmakers huddled Tuesday, it became clear that the House will not vote on a $1.07 trillion fiscal 2017 budgetContinue Reading