Tad DeHaven

Posted December 28, 2013

It’s my opinion that reporters often insufficiently examine how state and local politicians spend federal tax dollars. Heck, I’m even surprised when a reporter mentions that the money originated from Uncle Sam to begin with.

Posted November 02, 2013

In what must have been a moving scene for beleaguered supporters of unabated big government, tea party “radicals” joined hands with Democrats to support special interests at the expense of taxpayers.

Posted October 20, 2013

Are Republicans going to agree to tax increases and Democrats to entitlement cuts … in an election year? I’d say the odds are about as good as getting the president to agree to defund his signature legislative “achievement” in exchange for reopening the government and increasing the debt limit.

Posted October 14, 2013

The regulations for bottle labeling alone are enough to make one’s eyes glaze over.

Posted October 10, 2013

The case is a perfect example of what is quickly becoming known as the “disability-industrial complex”: specialty law firms overwhelming the system with dubious disability claims, doctors vouching for applicants with dubious claims, and federal administrative law judges awarding disability benefits to individuals with dubious claims.

Posted October 07, 2013

With each passing hour a resolution necessarily becomes closer at hand because a so-called “government shutdown” effectively means that a budgetary impasse in our two-party dominated system has reached the end stage.

Posted September 23, 2013

I would like to believe that, having been badly burned in recent years, the Gallup poll reflects a growing recognition by the public that there is no Wizard of Oz residing in Washington.

Posted September 16, 2013

Below the jump is a CR one-pager produced by the House Appropriations Committee–presumably for distribution to the flock– that supports the appearance of an attempt to manufacture angst over defense cuts.

Posted September 15, 2013

The House leadership now finds itself, once again, in the same pickle. Congress, once again, did not complete a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That means a continuing resolution (CR) will be necessary to keep the government open on October 1st.

Posted September 08, 2013

Downsizing Government has a new tool allowing readers to chart spending for more than 500 federal agencies with the click of a mouse. It’s pretty cool. Hopefully it will help citizens, reporters, and policymakers understand how the budget has grown to a colossal $3.5 trillion a year.

Posted September 06, 2013

In recent years, USPS expenses have exceeded revenues and the government agency now finds itself effectively broke having maxed out its $15 billion line of credit with the U.S. Treasury.

Posted September 03, 2013

In sum, Republicans are teaming up with Democrats to keep the taxpayer dollars flowing to a special interest. It’s just another day in the Beltway.

Posted September 01, 2013

Some left-leaning pundits are in a tizzy that the Washington Post would dare run an article that doesn’t speak of “draconian” spending cuts to “popular programs.”

Posted August 26, 2013

Reining in federal disability programs would not only save taxpayer money, it would also give marginally disabled people who have valuable skills an incentive to reenter the workforce.

Posted August 11, 2013

Millsap and Randazzo point out that job training programs are ineffective and that funding is allocated to the states haphazardly.

Posted August 05, 2013

If there is going to be a “bargain,” it will involve sequestration. Sequestration, which largely affects discretionary spending, is increasingly frustrating spenders on both sides of the aisle.

Posted July 29, 2013

The Obama administration signed off on the federal government’s share of the subsidies even though it knew the project didn’t need any support from taxpayers.

Posted July 26, 2013

In a recent op-ed for the Indianapolis Star I discussed the symbiotic relationship between federal and state government when it comes to doling out corporate welfare subsidies.

Posted July 15, 2013

Last year 175 Democrats and 104 Republicans teamed up to defeat an amendment introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) that would have finally put the EDA out of its misery.

Posted June 25, 2013

I imagine most citizens would be surprised at how much of the money their state government spends originates in Washington.