Author Archive: Craig Eyermann

Craig Eyermann is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute.
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Updates to 2016 Presidential Candidates Budget Proposals


Monday September 26th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:40pm PDT   •   0 Comments

As we’re on the cusp of the first debate between the two major candidates for U.S. President in 2016, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, it’s a good time to consider how each candidate’s proposals for spending and taxes would affect the fiscal future of the U.S. government, and by extension, U.S. taxpayers....
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VA Deploys Golden Parachutes for Badly Behaving Bureaucrats


Thursday September 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:25am PDT   •   0 Comments

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill that would make it easier for managers at the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs to fire the employees and supervisors at the VA who have engaged in misconduct by a vote of 310 to 116. The House voted 310-116 Wednesday to arm the Department...
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U.S. National Debt Grows Past $19.5 Trillion


Monday September 19th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 7:02am PDT   •   0 Comments

Visual Capitalist Jeff Desjardins has a new take on how to visualize the sheer size of the U.S. government’s $19.5 trillion total public debt outstanding. In the chart below, you’ll discover that: The U.S. national debt is bigger than the value of the S&P 500. The U.S. national debt is greater than the combined...
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U.S. Taxpayers’ Cash to Iran Buys Worsening Behavior


Saturday September 17th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 1:56pm PDT   •   0 Comments

According to recent news reports, the Obama administration may have far more to answer for with respect to the $1.7 billion in U.S. taxpayer cash it has paid to Iran. The Wall Street Journal reports that after the U.S. first sent Iran equivalent of $400 million in foreign currency, loaded on wooden pallets in...
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The Cost of the War on Terror


Sunday September 11th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 9:00am PDT   •   0 Comments

The U.S.’ War on Terror has endured for 15 years and has cost U.S. taxpayers over 1.75 trillion dollars. MyGovCost is marking the occasion by illustrating its accumulating cost from year to year along with a timeline of the major events that have defined it. Timeline of Key Events in War on Terror from...
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Reforms Failing at the VA


Friday September 9th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:12am PDT   •   1 Comment

In 2014, the Phoenix branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs became ground zero for the national health care rationing wait list scandal that rocked the federal agency. In response, both President Obama and the department’s bureaucrats pledged to implement reforms that would fix the problems that led to thousands of the nation’s veterans...
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U.S. Taxpayer Cash to Iran


Tuesday September 6th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:55am PDT   •   0 Comments

In January 2016, the Obama administration transferred $1.71 billion to Iran from the U.S. Treasury. Of that money, the equivalent of $400 million in cash was directly flown to Iran in an unmarked Iranian cargo plane, predominantly in the form of small denomination Euros and Swiss francs that had been bundled and stacked on...
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Bureaucrats Working in Pajamas


Monday August 29th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:17am PDT   •   0 Comments

Six years ago, the U.S. Congress passed the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, which permitted eligible bureaucrats who work in the civilian portion of the executive branch of the U.S. federal government to telecommute to work. When the law was passed, lawmakers expected to realize several benefits, particularly in the nation’s capital: Less traffic...
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CBO: Bigger Than Expected Budget Deficit in 2016


Thursday August 25th, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:55am PDT   •   0 Comments

The CBO has issued its mid-year update to its Budget and Economic Outlook, which covers the years from 2016 through 2026. Here’s their summary of the main change in what they project for the next 10 years. CBO’s estimate of the deficit for 2016 has increased since the agency issued its previous estimates in...
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Taxpayer-Financed Stadium for Sale!


Monday August 22nd, 2016   •   Posted by Craig Eyermann at 6:22am PDT   •   0 Comments

In 1996, construction began on a brand new major league ballpark in Phoenix, Arizona, which became the home of the Arizona Diamondbacks when it was completed and opened in 1998. Originally called Bank One Ballpark, the stadium is now known as Chase Field. The stadium cost $349 million to complete, of which, $238 million...
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