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  • - Which State Sends Most Taxes To DC? Hint: It's Not A State
    April 18, 2017

    As Tax Day approaches, show some love for the good people who live in the nation's capital. Read more at HostedAp

  • - Mar-a-Lago: The Price Of Trump's 'Winter White House'
    April 11, 2017

    When President Trump flies in to Palm Beach County, Jorge Gonzalez stays firmly on the ground. Read more at BBC

  • - Comment: Brace Yourself, Taxpayers: Trump's Plutocracy Doesn't Come Cheap
    March 28, 2017

    How many Americans does it take to keep President Trump and his family in the lifestyle to which they are accustomed? Read more at MSN

  • - Palm Beach Mayor Says They May Have To Raise Taxes For President Trump's Mar-a-Lago Visits
    March 21, 2017

    President Donald J. Trump waves as he walks across the South Lawn towards the White House on March 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump is returning from a weekend at his Mar-a-Lago clu in Palm Beach. Read more at Fortune

  • - Trump Family Trips Cost Taxpayers $11.3M In One Month - Almost As Much As Obama's Cost In One Year
    February 21, 2017

    Donald Trump, with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his wife, Melania Trump, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, in Mar-a-Lago Read more at Independent

  • - Eric Trump's Business Trip To Uruguay Cost Taxpayers $97,830 In Hotel Bills
    February 7, 2017

    Eric Trump and members of his entourage walk outside La Huella, a beachfront restaurant, during a private business trip in early January to Punta del Este, Uruguay. (Cristian Cordoba) Read more at Washington Post

  • - Trump Aide Says He Won't Release Tax Returns, Claiming Most People Don't Care
    January 24, 2017

    President Donald Trump speaks during a White House senior staff swearing in ceremony at the White House on Sunday Read more at NPR

  • - Obama Family Spits in Face of Taxpayers
    March 31, 2016

    The Obama family has a long history of spending taxpayer money as if it was just play money, which, of course, to them, it is. Most recently the family spent millions sightseeing in Argentina.  But what the Hell, it's only your money. 

    Read more at White House Dossier

  • - Why doesn't everyone do this?
    March 31, 2016

    Los Angeles international airport, better known as LAX, has taken the radical, and excellent, step of putting their expenses online so taxpayers can see where the money really goes.  Every government agency should be required to do this. 

    Read more at Wall Street Journal

  • - New Jersey Hides Christie's Expenses
    March 14, 2016

    The New Jersey government is refusing to release info on how over half a million dollars was spent by the governor's office and charged on Amex. Food? Drink? Call girls? 

    Read more at New Jersey Spotlight

  • - How Much Do you Owe?
    February 2, 2016

    Think you're debt free? You're wrong. One way or the other, you're on the hook for your country's national debt. In the US this just passed a staggering 19 Trillion, and growing fast! A great info graphic from Sovereign Man on trying to make sense of this figure. Read more at Sovereign Man

  • - $100 Million for White House Ballroom?
    February 2, 2016

    Will Donald Trump only take on the White House as new digs if it includes a new ballroom? On the positive side, he's willing to pay for it. But he's always been a tough negotiator for real estate, and that includes his dream house.

    Read more at Lawyer Herald

  • - Government Paying for Unused Phones
    January 27, 2016

    How much waste is there in government? An almost unfathomable amount, including taxpayers on the hook for hundreds of phones, including data plans, never used at all.

    Read more at Federal News Radio

  • - House Finally Tries to Stop Ex-Presidents Gouging Taxpayers
    January 12, 2016

    House approves bill to cap expenses for ex-presidents. Former President Bill Clinton received $950,000 from taxpayers in 2014, while George W. Bush received $1.3 million, mostly for office space. Both Clinton and Bush have earned millions in speaking fees since leaving office.


  • - Swiss Government Asks Citizens to Delay Payments
    January 12, 2016

    You know you're living in a bizarre time in history when governments start asking their citizens to delay sending in tax payments. Such is the case in Switzerland, where negative interest rates mean that the government has to pay banks to store the tax payments it receives.

    Read more at Sovereign Man

  • - US Government, Master Media Manipulator
    December 27, 2015

    According to a new report by a non-profit research group, the US government spent over $4.5 billion to manipulate media and public opinion in the period from 2007-2015.

    Read more at Pravda

  • - SEC lies on it's own Numbers
    November 5, 2015

    The US Security and Exchange Commission is the agency charged with keeping business honest and making sure publicly traded companies report honest results. But it doesn't do the same for itself, vastly exaggerating it's own effectiveness. This is why you can't trust government numbers, and citizens need to look directly at government spending to prevent fraud and waste.

    Read more at Yahoo

  • - A Dump to be Proud of
    October 29, 2015

    Not all government leaders show the sort of wild extravagance in lifestyle lived by the president of the United States.  In fact, our Canadian neighbors' version of the White House is a fixer-upper. And maybe Americans can learn something from the fact that those to the north have found better uses for taxpayer money than building and maintaining fancy mansions for their leaders.

    Read more at Wall Street Journal

  • - The Latest on Queen Michelle's Extravagant Taxpayer Funded Lifestyle
    August 27, 2015

    During the Obama's reign, Michelle Obama has always milked the system as lavishly as possible, taking her daughters on taxpayer funded trips around the world that have nothing to do with government business, but which are funded by US taxpayers. This article has the latest update on this ongoing party.


  • - No, Not All Presidents Live Like Kings
    July 23, 2015

    The president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, drives his own car, a 1998 Nissan Pathfinder, to the office.

    Read more at Facebook

  • - Obama's Wild Spending Orgy Continues
    July 23, 2015

    On a single day, Earth Day, Obama spent over $866,000 to fly to the Florida Everglades, not to mention the environmental damage of his multi-plane flying circus. 

    Read more at Judicial Watch

  • - Queen Michelle Spends $363,000 of taxpayer money on China Trip
    July 23, 2015

    Read more at Sputnik News

  • - Limiting Ex-President's Subsidy
    July 23, 2015

    Presidents cost taxpayers millions, even after they leave office. Ex-Presidents like Bill Clinton earn millions from speaking engagements and books, and yet taxpayers pay for a whole host of their living expenses, as well as a pension. 

    Read more at PJ Media

  • - How much will immigration reform cost?
    February 19, 2015

    There's a lot of evidence pointing to the economic benefits of adding more legal immigrants to the economy. What's less clear is how much a comprehensive immigration overhaul would affect the federal budget.

    Read more at Washington Post

  • - The Environment And Health Care
    June 2, 2014

    John F. Groom is a writer and publisher with multiple credits in a variety of media. One of his latest projects is entitled The 1.8 Billion Dollar Man, and is currently available as an e-book*.

    However, the book is far from a partisan screed. Instead, the work provides an introduction into just how large and often wasteful the federal bureaucracy has become. Among many other findings, Groom discovered that even after adjusting for inflation, the entire Palace of Versailles could be completely rebuilt every single year for what it costs to support the current US President.

    The environmental angle here is really quite simple. No organization can be Green, or even claim to support such a notion if it is this big and bloated. Moreover, under these rubrics, there cannot be some sort of exemption for the White House, just because it is the White House. Either the future of the planet is at stake, or it isn't. Of course, Obama's is by no means the first profligate White House.


  • - Lawmakers' Global-Warming Trip Hit Tourist Hot Spots
    May 30, 2014

    When "10 members of Congress wanted to study climate change, they did more than just dip their toes into the subject: They went diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef. They also rode a cable car through the Australian rain forest, visited a penguin rookery and flew to the South Pole."

    Read more at Wall Street Journal

  • - W.H. makes CEOs pay for lunch
    May 30, 2014

    Four of the most powerful business leaders in America arrived at the White House one day last month for lunch with President Barack Obama, sitting down in his private dining room just steps from the Oval Office. But even for powerful CEOs, there’s no such thing as a free lunch: White House staffers collected credit card numbers for each executive and carefully billed them for the cost of the meal with the president."


  • - Fed ral Rec rds Mi sing Imp rtant Data
    May 30, 2014

    Subsidyscope is turning its attention to the transportation sector, and as they've dug into government spending data the've found everything from an extraordinarily expensive ham to a shipment of tigers bound for Iraq. But the real story is what the data doesn't show


  • - Economist article on Transparency
    May 30, 2014

    In several countries more official data are being issued in raw form so that anybody can use them. This forces bureaucrats and creative types to interact in new ways


  • - CBO warns of deep recession if Congress fails to avert 'fiscal cliff'
    May 30, 2014

    “The stakes of fiscal policy are very high right now,” CBO Director Doug Elmendorf said.

    Read more at The Hill

  • - Durable-goods orders sink 13.2% in August
    May 30, 2014

    Orders for long-lasting goods sank in August after a big drop in bookings for airplanes and autos.

    Read more at Market Watch

  • - South Africa's president accused of personal extravagance
    May 30, 2014

    The president's critics say all of the profligate spending is a sign that Mr. Zuma is out of touch with the hardships facing many impoverished South Africans. "How can a leader ask the country to make sacrifices, and tighten belts in hard times, when he leads such publicly funded extravagance," said Ms. Mazibuko, the opposition politician

    Read more at Wall Street Journal

  • - Billions in Italian Aid Money Stolen by Mafia
    May 30, 2014

    This is why taxpayers in all countries need a way to track down government spending - government money is often simply stolen. This is just one of many examples around the world.

    Read more at New York Times

  • - Who Pays a Higher Tax Rate, Obama or Romney?
    May 30, 2014

    The Obamas pay less than 1% in taxes when their income is calculated to include what would be taxable benefits for other citizens

    Read more at White House

  • - Spending on White House dinners soars under Obama
    May 30, 2014

    "It just kind of takes your breath away to see the expenditure of money that has occurred since 2009 ..."

    Read more at The Washington Examiner

  • - JP Morgan makes over half a billion dollars off food stamps
    May 28, 2014

    Has made at least $560,492,596 since 2004 processing EBT cards; potentially toxic brew of corporate cronyism and government inefficiency.


  • - Official resigns after report finds VA spent $6.1M on lavish conferences
    May 28, 2014

    Included $49,516 to produce a parody video of the late-Gen. George S. Patton.

    Read more at The Hill

  • - South Africa's president accused of personal extravagance
    May 28, 2014

    The president's critics say all of the profligate spending is a sign that Mr. Zuma is out of touch with the hardships facing many impoverished South Africans. "How can a leader ask the country to make sacrifices, and tighten belts in hard times, when he leads such publicly funded extravagance," said Ms. Mazibuko, the opposition politician.

    Read more at Wall Street Journal