Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
Full biography and recent publications

The FBI’s $70,000 Conference Table


Tuesday May 29th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:10am PST   •   1 Comment

One of the stranger side stories to come out of the FBI’s secret investigation of then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s election campaign back in 2016 came out in the news last week, where the FBI apparently chose to redact (or black out) a portion of a text message sent between FBI agents Lisa Page and...
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Where Do the U.S. Government’s Bureaucrats Work?


Monday May 21st, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:24am PST   •   0 Comments

As of the end of 2017, there were over 2 million bureaucrats who directly work for the U.S. government. That amazing number doesn’t include the 503,103 people who work for the U.S. Postal Service or any of the 1.3 million active duty members of the U.S. military services or the nation’s 800,000 reservists. Nor...
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Baby Steps Toward Healing Corrupt VA


Friday May 18th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:09am PST   •   0 Comments

The scandal-plagued U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs does not currently have a congressionally approved leader. At the same time, the VA’s bureaucrats also appear to have little interest in providing timely health care to America’s veterans, nor do they appear to take the business of maintaining safe and clean medical facilities for their patients...
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White House Attempts to Claw Back $15 Billion


Monday May 14th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:30am PST   •   0 Comments

Two weeks ago, the White House was floating a trial balloon for using rescission to cut $25 billion worth of spending. Last week, the White House moved forward with what appears to be a down payment on that plan, where they are initially seeking to surgically claw back some $15 billion worth of spending...
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Record Budget Surplus for U.S. Government in April


Friday May 11th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:45am PST   •   0 Comments

April is the one month in which the U.S. government can be expected to run a budget surplus, thanks largely to the annual filing of personal income taxes that are due during the month. According to the U.S. Treasury Department, April 2018 saw the biggest budget surplus ever recorded in the nation’s history of...
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White House to Try Rescission to Cut Federal Spending


Monday May 7th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:42am PST   •   1 Comment

In a sign of how badly the increased spending contained in the 2018 omnibus spending bill that he signed into law on March 23 is going over with many in his political party, President Donald Trump is planning to try an almost never-used legislative procedure to try to retroactively cut $25 billion of spending...
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Pensions for Bureaucrats Crowding Out Essential Services


Thursday May 3rd, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:04am PST   •   0 Comments

State and local governments across America are increasingly strapped for cash. One major culprit is diverting money away from the essential services they provide, including police, fire, school, road repair, and emergency services. That culprit is the excessively generous pensions and other benefits for public employees. Mary Williams Walsh of the New York Times...
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The EPA’s Cone of Silence


Monday April 30th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:26am PST   •   0 Comments

When I was a kid, I would often come home in the afternoons after school to old reruns of episodes from the 1960s comedy Get Smart airing on a local TV station, which featured the misadventures of Maxwell Smart, a secret agent who fielded an array of high-tech spy gadgets that, aside from a...
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Waste in Federal Spending


Friday April 27th, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:57am PST   •   0 Comments

Every year, the General Accountability Office issues a report identifying areas where the U.S. government wastefully spends money because it has too many departments stepping all over themselves to spend money to do the same things. 2018 is no different. This year’s report highlights several opportunities to save money without any negative impact to...
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Time for New Budgeting Rules


Monday April 23rd, 2018   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:03am PST   •   0 Comments

The process for setting a sound fiscal budget for the U.S. government is badly broken. So much so that the chair of the Senate’s budget committee, Mike Enzi, is suggesting that his congressional committee should be eliminated altogether. Alexander Bolton of The Hill reports on the provocative proposal: Enzi’s seemingly radical suggestion comes as...
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