Government Articles

Inflation Is Hard

1:04 PM, Oct 27, 2014

The Peter Drucker sallies about how government “can only do two things well: wage war and inflate the currency” is being severely tested.  Today, we see this headline, over a piece by Jonathan Spicer of Reuters 

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Crying Wolf or Crying Ebola?

Years of politicizing insignificant health threats is undermining the government's Ebola response.
11:08 AM, Oct 27, 2014

The states of Illinois, New Jersey, and New York have all issued mandatory Ebola quarantine for certain travelers, and the White House doesn't like this one bit. According to the New York Times these states are being pressured to loosen their quarantine restrictions:

Aides to President Obama also asked other governors and mayors to follow a policy based on science, seeking to stem a steady movement toward more stringent measures in recent days at the state level.

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Feds Spend $38K on Metric System Superhero Cartoons

7:04 AM, Oct 27, 2014

The American public has resisted the metric system for decades, but that has not discouraged the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) from sinking $37,950 into two more episodes of a "motion-comic" video series called "The League of SI Superheroes." (SI stands for International System of Units, the modern metric

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Bureaucracy’s Latest Challenge: Listening to the Public

A study finds gov't bureaucracy isn't good at listening to the public.
8:10 AM, Oct 23, 2014

The American public often rails about bureaucracy. It is not difficult to fathom why. Who amongst us has not fumed while standing in a long line at an understaffed post office? And how many of us have thrown up our hands in frustration at the complexity of income tax instructions and outsourced the work to an accountant?

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A Reporting Deficit

8:19 AM, Oct 17, 2014

A headline in the Wall Street Journal reads, “U.S.

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Mixed Signals

9:39 AM, Oct 16, 2014

First time claims came in on the low side. Unexpectedly so.  Which seems, paradoxically, predictable. 

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U.S. Government Celebrates Half Trillion Dollar Deficit

8:02 AM, Oct 16, 2014

Yesterday’s presentation by the U.S. Treasury was a comical spectacle—at least for those of us with sardonic senses of humor. The good news? The deficit for FY2014 (which ended September 30) was 29 percent lower than the deficit was in FY2013.

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Ebola: We Just Needed to Spend More Money

8:20 AM, Oct 14, 2014

The headline on an item in Time reads:

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CBO Projections Indicate Obamacare Will Raise Deficits by $131 Billion

7:01 AM, Oct 14, 2014

Analysis of Congressional Budget Office projections by the Senate Budget Committee finds that Obamacare will increase the deficit by more than $100 billion over the next decade.

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FBI Director: Chinese Like 'Drunk Burglar'

'They're kicking in the front door, knocking over the vase, while they're walking out with your television set.'
6:32 AM, Oct 06, 2014

FBI director James Comey talked about Chinese hacking -- and how basically every American company has been targeted -- last night on 60 Minutes. Comey said that it's not the Chinese are so good, it's that they're "prolific." He likened their hacking style to a "drunk burglar." 

60 Minutes host Scott Pelley asked, "What countries are attacking the United States as we sit here in cyberspace?"

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CDC Working on a Need to Know Basis?

8:07 AM, Oct 04, 2014

Seems the CDC is afflicted with the government habit of treating information as something to hoard and withhold from the citizenry which can’t be trusted to understand or handle it.

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A Loss of Confidence in American Institutions

11:00 PM, Oct 03, 2014

The U.S. economy added 248,000 jobs in September, and the unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent. But the labor force participation rate continued to fall, average hourly earnings seem frozen, and over 13 percent of workers are either out of work, involuntarily working part time or too discouraged to keep hunting for jobs, and 20 percent of teenagers are out of work.

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Feds Pay $91K for Bat Population Survey

5:44 AM, Sep 30, 2014

President Obama was counting strokes on the golf course at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia last Saturday, but the day before a $91,318.76

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They Need a Law to Prevent Gov't Workers from Looking at Porn All Day?

8:32 AM, Sep 26, 2014

Eric Katz of Government Executive writes that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has:

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HHS Seeks Birth Control... For Deer

6:04 AM, Sep 25, 2014

These days, mentioning birth control and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the same sentence will likely draw some strong reactions. But a recent contractor inquiry by HHS for its National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, Maryland adds a new wrinkle.

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Taxes: Where the U.S. Ranks

10:39 AM, Sep 16, 2014

James Pethokoukis notes that according to a new study by the 

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Feds to Spend $500,000 for New Art at Customs and Border Protection Facility in San Diego

7:34 AM, Sep 08, 2014

The "busiest land port of entry in the Western Hemisphere" is getting an upgrade, and according to the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), about a half a million dollars worth of new artwork will be part of the package.

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Feds: Cost of Estimated $1.7 Billion

9:43 AM, Aug 26, 2014

The federal government issued sixty contracts from 2009 to 2014 in efforts to build, the federal insurance marketplace.

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The VA: How Bad Was It?

8:34 AM, Aug 18, 2014

The legislative fix has been passed and signed into law, along with a generous appropriation of new money.  Also, a new top person has been named and confirmed.  So time to move on from the VA and its woes.  But before doing so, consider the magnitude of the problems and their duration.

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VA Reform Bill Is Just Starting Point

10:20 AM, Aug 13, 2014

With the overwhelmingly bipartisan vote for the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014, Congress passed the most significant reforms to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in decades. And, right on cue, here come the grumblings from the second-guessers.

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Close Enough For …

8:12 AM, Aug 06, 2014

Thanks to the marvels of the digital epoch, citizens can now track the government’s spending of public money.  On a website, of all things.  Of course, while the technology may change and improve, the eternals still apply.

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The Price of Government, Good or Bad

6:59 AM, Jul 22, 2014

There is a fairly robust debate about inflation going on these days. Is there too much? Not enough? Any at all? And just how much is too much? Can we hit the Goldilocks sweet spot?

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Biden's World Cup Trip: $2.2M for Four Hotels

6:04 AM, Jul 17, 2014

Vice President Biden and his entourage visited Brazil in mid-June to attend the USA versus Ghana World Cup game, a trip that also included meetings with both the president and vice president of Brazil.

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New York Threatens to Fine Car Service $2,000 for Giving Free Rides

8:01 AM, Jul 11, 2014

As anyone who has visited New York City knows, getting a taxicab in the city can prove very, very difficult. And finding a driver that speaks English, has working air conditioning, will let a visitor pay by credit card, and knows directions to major landmarks can be even harder. That’s why it’s utterly bizarre that the city is trying to stop drivers from offering taxi-like rides in the city for free.

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More Fuel Efficient Cars Causing Highway Trust Fund to Go Broke

Get them where they drive.
8:24 AM, Jul 07, 2014

Washington needs more money and if it doesn’t get it, your morning commute will become:

a) more expensive

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Picks and Shovels

3:05 PM, Jul 01, 2014

Another day, another national crisis.  Yesterday it was immigration and another threat/promise to go it alone.

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Taking the First Step at Veterans Affairs

10:12 AM, Jul 01, 2014

Now that Washington has acknowledged cultural malaise and a broad failure to provide timely access to health care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Congress and the executive branch are competing frantically to show the public how hard they are working to fix that failure.

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What’s In a Name?

10:01 AM, Jun 18, 2014

The white-hot issue of what to call the professional football team currently playing its home games in the vicinity of the nation’s capital just got hotter.  Earlier this week, Senator Harry Reid said he wouldn’t accept comp tickets (truly a first for a sitting senator) to the team’s games so long as it continued to be called the “Redskins.”

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Civil Servants at Work

12:08 PM, May 29, 2014

One of the more intriguing aspects of the VA health care scandal is the way the paperwork was creatively done to make it appear that the system was operating as it was meant to.

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