Oct 7, 2009

Teapot Dome Revisited: Dereliction of Fiduciary Duty at the Interior Department

The Department of Interior is responsible for managing over 500 million acres of land and 1.8 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf. This territory and its resources, which are held in trust for the American people by the federal government, are worth trillions of dollars and generate over $22 billion in annual revenue to the federal Treasury. The Interior Department, however, has shirked its duty as a steward of these resources. Over the past 25 years, there has been a rebirth of the ...

Sep 28, 2009

Oversight Status Report: Creating Accountability and Transparency Under One-Party Rule

Despite President Barack Obama's commitment to transparency, as well as the promises of countless Administration officials, the growth of the federal government through such countless Administration officials, the growth of the federal government through such programs as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Troubled Assets Relief Program has led to an even greater need than usual for the Committee's oversight activities.

Aug 13, 2009

Medicare Experience Suggests Americans Should Expect Massive Fraud with Nationalized Health Care

The government-run “public option” plan may mirror another government-run health care program: Medicare. Medicare – a federal entitlement program established in 1965 to provide health insurance to individuals 65 and older – has been expanded over the last four decades to cover certain individuals under 65, and now covers 45 million people at a cost of $492 billion per year.

Jul 23, 2009

Is ACORN Intentionally Structured As A Criminal Enterprise?

Emerging accounts of widespread deceit and corruption raise the need for a criminal investigation of ACORN. By intentionally blurring the legal distinctions between 361 tax-exempt and non-exempt entities, ACORN diverts taxpayer and tax-exempt monies into partisan political activities.

Jul 22, 2009

Justice or Avarice: The Misuse of Litigation to Harm Consumers

The problem is not arbitration. The problems consumers face in debt collection arbitration have nothing to do with arbitration. Arbitration provides a service; if businesses use that service and customers are injured as a result, the remedy is to target those businesses, not dispute resolution providers.

Jul 1, 2009

The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008

Ironically, some of these same Washington officials were, all too recently, advocates of the very mortgage lending policies that led to economic turmoil.

May 11, 2009

Census History: Counting Every Person Once, Only Once and in the Right Place

This report details the results of a historical analysis of attempted political manipulation of the Census spanning a timeline from before the U.S. Constitution was ratified to the present. The overall conclusion of this analysis is that the political manipulation of the Census or within the Census Bureau has consistently rejected throughout the course of American history.

Apr 28, 2009

Comprehensive Staff Analysis of the Economic Impact of the Waxman/Markey Cap-and-Trade Legislation

Cap-and-trade is a regressive tax: Cap-and-trade is the largest tax increase proposal since the income tax. According to the Congressional Budget Office, cap-and-trade would cost the average American household an extra $1,600 per year.

Apr 15, 2009

De-Targeting the Stimulus: States Diverting Medicaid Funds Away from Helping Poor, Protecting Health Care Job

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provided $87 billion to states to support their Medicaid programs. However, early reports indicate that instead of using the stimulus funds to supplement state Medicaid spending to protect medical services and healthcare service jobs, some states are effectively diverting Medicaid stimulus funds for non-healthcare related purposes.

Mar 19, 2009

Friends of Angelo: Countrywide’s Systematic and Successful Effort to Buy Influence and Block Reform

With Countrywide-originated loans serving as fuel and Government-Sponsored Enterprises Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac acting as a furnace, the alliance of the companies created an enormous fire that eventually consumed the American economy.