Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

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

Fixing What Ails the VA


Thursday February 23rd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:27am PST   •   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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First on the Chopping Block


Monday February 20th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PST   •   0 Comments

There is a draft memo circulating around the White House’s Office of Management and Budget that identifies the first federal government spending programs that the Trump administration is targeting for cuts on Capitol Hill as part of its first budget proposal. The New York Times reports: The White House budget office has drafted a...
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Why Not Replace Bureaucrats with Robots?


Thursday February 16th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:28am PST   •   0 Comments

Over the years, MyGovCost has told many stories of bureaucrats behaving badly, but technology may have finally advanced enough to provide a real solution for bad bureaucrats: we can replace them with robots! That possibility is now being discussed in the United Kingdom, where one think tank believes that up to a quarter million...
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The Cost of Building a Border Wall


Monday February 13th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:36am PST   •   0 Comments

During the 2016 election campaign, President Donald Trump called for the construction of a wall along the 1,954 mile border with Mexico for the purpose of minimizing “the illegal flow of drugs, cash, guns, and people across our border.” During his first week in office, one of President Trump’s first executive actions was to...
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Federal Funds and Sanctuary Cities


Thursday February 9th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:14am PST   •   0 Comments

On January 25, 2017, President Trump followed up on his campaign promises to fight illegal immigration and issued an executive order that threatens to stop federal funds from being spent in the 300 U.S. jurisdictions that have established official policies that bar their local law enforcement officials from cooperating with federal immigration law enforcement...
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The Federal Government’s Big Bet on Student Loans Goes Bad


Monday February 6th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:36am PST   •   0 Comments

With the flurry of executive actions that President Trump has taken since coming into office on January 20, 2016 that has dominated the nation’s news coverage, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the deteriorating condition of the U.S. government’s student loan portfolio under President Obama’s administration, which became news in the days just...
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Accountability Begins to Arrive at the VA


Thursday February 2nd, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:40am PST   •   0 Comments

After years of absence, some semblance of accountability may have finally begun to return to the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs with the reported firings of two of the VA’s most ethically challenged employees. Luke Rosiak of the Daily Caller News Foundation reports on the Inauguration Day firing of the VA’s most notorious bureaucrats....
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The New 10-Year Forecast for the Public Debt


Monday January 30th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:32am PST   •   0 Comments

Every January, the Congressional Budget Office releases its Budget and Economic Forecast for the next 10 years, which in January 2017 covers the period from 2017 through 2027. The following chart shows what the CBO foresees for the portion of the U.S. government’s total public debt outstanding that is held by the public, which...
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The 2017 Wastebook Is Out!


Saturday January 28th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 10:47am PST   •   0 Comments

In his second year after having taken over production of the annual Wastebook from former Senator Tom Coburn, Senator Jeff Flake has highlighted 50 ways in which the U.S. federal government’s bureaucrats have squandered taxpayer dollars. Here are five items that stood out from the pack, which we selected just because they involved animals....
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President Obama’s Greatest Achievement


Wednesday January 25th, 2017   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:43am PST   •   1 Comment

From the time when George Washington was sworn into office on March 4, 1789 as the first U.S. President under the U.S. Constitution through February 25, 2008 when George W. Bush was 11 months away from concluding his term in office as the 43rd U.S. President, it took nearly 219 years for the U.S....
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