Congress

Redundancy the government way

Congress
by Cal Thomas
Posted 3/03/11, 04:13 pm

Most of us have had the experience of viewing an item in a store and thinking, "I don't need another one of those. I already have one at home."

That is not how the federal government thinks. Its refusal to do so is why our deficit and debt are at record levels. If real people behaved like the government, they'd be broke too.

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 John Boehner (Associated Press/Photo by Alex Brandon)

Two-week reprieve

Congress | Congress averts a government shutdown and sends President Obama a short-term spending bill
by Edward Lee Pitts
Posted 3/02/11, 06:33 pm

WASHINGTON-In two overwhelming votes this week, Congress averted a shutdown showdown over the federal budget. But just for two more weeks.

The Senate on Wednesday agreed 91-9 in favor of an extension of federal spending through March 18. The short-term measure includes $4 billion in spending cuts and is identical to the bill passed 335-91 by the House on Tuesday.

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 Sen. Tom Coburn (Associated Press/Photo by Sue Ogrocki)

'Mother lode'

Congress | A new report from the GAO identifies billions in wasteful government spending
by Emily Belz
Posted 3/01/11, 08:18 pm

WASHINGTON-If you were to order a plate of catfish and shrimp for dinner tonight, one federal agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, would regulate the catfish, but another, the Food and Drug Administration, would regulate the shrimp.

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