Ryan Alexander is president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a nonpartisan federal budget watchdog. www.taxpayer.net

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Snake-Oil Deficit Savings

Snake-Oil Deficit Savings

Like things you spot in your side-view mirror, many of the budget numbers flitting around the debt talks are larger than they appear.
Rebuilding Resilience

Rebuilding Resilience

We have to stop subsidizing people to live in harm's way.
Armed with Irony

Armed with Irony

If lawmakers really want to stop blank checks for spending binges, they should start with the Pentagon.
The Drought Lottery

The Drought Lottery

Our lawmakers should spend the next month figuring out how to reduce our $16 trillion debt instead of showering special interests with even more wasteful subsidies that have nothing to do with the drought.
Green Scissors for Congress

Green Scissors for Congress

The United States can't afford giveaways for mining and oil companies anymore.
Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

Drinking MOX-Laced Lemonade

The government is spending $15 billion to create a nuclear fuel derived from plutonium that we have to bribe companies to take.

We Can't Afford Energy Subsidies and Tax Breaks

Energy subsidies are obsolete, ineffective, and a huge waste of valuable public resources at a time when we are rummaging through the couch cushions to find loose change to pay for our ballooning deficits and debt.
Defending Bloated Military Spending

Defending Bloated Military Spending

The Pentagon is scrambling to protect its flank in these budget-cutting times.
Solyndra’s Implosion Burned Taxpayers

Solyndra's Implosion Burned Taxpayers

We need to put the brakes on the Department of Energy's flawed loan guarantee program before taxpayers lose billions.

Nuclear Power Rips off Taxpayers

Whether you support nuclear power or not, subsidizing and thereby artificially lessening the nuclear power industry's financial risks is just plain fiscally irresponsible.

Uncle Sam Shouldn't Bankroll Lawmaker Libraries

A $10 million earmark in another bill would stick out like a sore thumb, but in the defense bill it fits right in.

Last Call for Ethanol

It's well past time for the ethanol industry to grow up and stand on its own.

Spilling Subsidies to BP

BP's claim that taxpayers will pay nothing is likely to be little more than doublespeak.

Taxpayers Are Getting Nuked

If the nuclear industry is a solid investment, then it should be able to receive the backing of Wall Street.

In the News

Snake-Oil Deficit Savings

The Albany Tribune | December 5, 2012

Rebuilding Resilience

Progressive Charlestown (RI) | November 11, 2012

Rebuilding Resilience

The Albert Lea (MN) Tribune | November 9, 2012

Armed with Irony

The San Antonio Express-News | October 3, 2012

The Drought Lottery

The Liberty (TX) Vindicator | September 17, 2012