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Follow the Pork | Disciplining DeLay | Toll-Road Inflation | Primetime Perp Walks

by WS Editors | May 1, 2005 | Economy, Politics

Whole Hog—The Washington watchdog group Citizens Against Government Waste keeps a sharp eye on the under-reported phenomenon of pork barrel politics. That’s the antiquated system used by members of Congress to invisibly slip a total of billions of taxpayer dollars into legislation that steers big chunks of cash back to projects in their states and […]

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A Family’s House Is Its Castle—Without a Moat

by Perry L. Weed | Mar 1, 2005 | Economy

The real-estate market seems to have become so unreal that we asked a clear-sighted interpreter of the economy, Perry L. Weed, to explain what’s happening. Weed is a retired Washington economist and lawyer whose 30 years in the nation’s capital included Senate and House staff assignments and a position at the U.S. Commerce Department. His […]

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Family Business at the Watergate

by Margie Burns | Feb 15, 2005 | Economy, Politics

Not many, if any, news reports have focused on the unpublicized connections of this Bush administration’s family members with politically—and financially—sensitive operations. Business Week recently noted that “dads and sons and other relatives reign so widely in this administration that there have never been so many family combos in an administration at the same time.” And the […]

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Social Security Piratization | Dr. Dean’s New Job

by WS Editors | Feb 15, 2005 | Economy, Politics

Social Insecurity—President Bush keeps pushing his Social Security privatization plan, but with a declining chance of passage. Democratic opponents call it “Bushonomics” and a “piratization scheme” that fits what George W.’s father once called “voodoo economics.” The debate has spurred a new vocabulary among Democrats—”chicanery,” “deception,” “subterfuge” and “trickery” that they say is designed to […]

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