Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Medicare’s Willful Blindness to Its Own Waste


Thursday March 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:42am PDT   •   0 Comments

Every year for the past four years at least 40 billion dollars has gone to waste because the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has declined to audit its own expenditures to ensure that unintentional medical billing errors are caught and corrected. That is a stunning claim being advanced by Kristin Walters of...
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The Hysterical Reaction to the Skinny Budget


Monday March 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:51am PDT   •   0 Comments

Since President Trump released his “skinny” budget last week, there has been a lot of political posturing, if not outright hysteria in the media, from the advocates of the various government programs targeted for reduced levels of federal spending. And perhaps more remarkably, there have been widespread accusations of spending cuts where none have...
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Getting Skinny


Thursday March 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

Before he became president, Donald Trump perhaps made his biggest impression on Americans in his role on the reality TV game show The Apprentice. Today, with the release of the president’s so-called “skinny” budget, he looks to be in the starring role for a government-version of The Biggest Loser. Reuters reports on President Trump’s...
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VA Loses Lawsuit for Denying Timely Health Care


Wednesday March 15th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:37am PDT   •   0 Comments

On Monday, March 6, 2017, a federal judge awarded $2.5 million to a military veteran who was denied timely medical care at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. The Arizona Republic‘s Jacques Billeaud reports on the results of the civil trial in federal court. A judge on Monday awarded $2.5 million...
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The Debt Ceiling and the Skinny Budget


Monday March 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:34am PDT   •   1 Comment

For the U.S. national debt, the date of March 16, 2017, marks the day when the statutory debt ceiling, which limits how much money the U.S. government can borrow, will go back into effect for the first time since it was suspended back on November 2, 2015, as part of former President Obama’s last...
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Big Government’s Off-the-Books Bureaucrats


Friday March 10th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:01am PDT   •   0 Comments

George Will has an interesting column about how the number of people employed by government at all levels has grown since 1960. Here are the leading paragraphs: In 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected president, America’s population was 180 million and it had approximately 1.8 million federal bureaucrats (not counting uniformed military personnel...
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Federal Cuts to the Arts No Big Deal


Monday March 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PDT   •   0 Comments

The day before his inauguration, The Hill

The Return of the Debt Ceiling


Thursday March 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:38am PDT   •   0 Comments

On March 15, 2017, the U.S. government’s statutory debt ceiling for its total public debt outstanding will go back into effect at whatever level of accumulated national debt is on the books as of that date. CNBC has marked the date on their calendar. After a 15-month hiatus, Congress is once again warming up...
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President Trump on the Budget and the Debt


Monday February 27th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 4:12pm PDT   •   0 Comments

Last week, on February 22, 2017, President Trump spoke to the press for the first time about the budget and the national debt while attending an informal federal budget meeting at the White House. Here are some quick quotes that stood out during his introductory remarks, first off, covering his impression of the overall...
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Fixing What Ails the VA


Thursday February 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:27am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last week saw two significant developments at the scandal-ridden U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: The U.S. Senate voted unanimously to confirm President Trump’s selection of David Shulkin to assume the top leadership post of the VA, replacing the often out-of-his-depth Robert McDonald. The U.S. Government Accountability Office released a 700-page report on federal government...
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