Critical Waste Issues By Our Government


I am a proud supporter of this group and what they stand for. I received this email and thought I would share with anyone who reads my blog:

The next few months are going to shape this nation as few others in history.

I hope that when you consider the unprecedented spending and tax battles we are facing right now, along with the tens of billions of tax dollars CAGW saved last year, that you will decide that the most important thing you can do today is to become a Charter Member of CAGW.

Working with CAGW and our top allies in Washington, like Senator John McCain, is the most powerful way you can make your voice heard on the bailouts, stimulus package, tax increases, government-run healthcare, and other economic policy issues that will determine our nation’s financial future.

Here’s why I say that.

Thanks to you, we are the most recognized and powerful voice for less wasteful spending and lower taxes in America today.  The effectiveness and influence in Washington that you have helped CAGW achieve was highlighted by the fact that Senator McCain singled us out and referenced our important work in ALL THREE of the nationally televised Presidential Debates.  What’s more, throughout last year’s elections, we became the “go-to” source for nonpartisan information on candidates’ tax and spending records.

Let me review for you just a few of the victories that you made possible in 2008:

  • Using thousands of Citizen’s Demands from our members to demonstrate overwhelming public support, CAGW derailed an attempt by some powerful lawmakers to block the nationwide rollout of Medicare’s Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC) after a limited RAC pilot program operating in just three states exposed and recovered $357.2 million in improper payments by Medicare;

  • CAGW blocked the proposal known as “cap-and-trade,” which would have rationed energy use, dramatically increased the size and power of the federal bureaucracy, and raised Americans’ energy costs by $1.2 trillion over the next decade; and;

  • CAGW rallied public opposition and worked with our ally, Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), to stop the Advance America’s Priorities Act, a collection of 36 special-interest programs that would have cost taxpayers more than $10 billion.

And these are just a few of the battles we waged and won in 2008.  In fact, these and other documented victories bring the total CAGW has helped save taxpayers since 1984 to $1.04 trillion!

In the coming days, with your support, we will build on our proven track record of success.

CAGW is right now waging an all-out battle to offset as much as possible of the financial bailouts and new stimulus package with cuts in documented wasteful spending. As America’s #1 Taxpayer Watchdog organization, CAGW knows where the government waste is and how to cut it, and we are the nationally recognized leader of this drive.  Without offsetting cuts, the Congressional Budget Office has predicted that the deficit will reach a stunning $1.2 trillion this year – even before the enactment of the economic stimulus plan!

What’s more, we are at the forefront of the effort to stop the plan to create 600,000 new government jobs under the economic stimulus package.  This plan would add roughly the same number of employees to the government payroll as now work in the entire U.S. Postal Service, dramatically and permanently expanding the size and cost of the federal bureaucracy.

At the same time, we are preparing for a bruising healthcare battle since many in Congress want to go far beyond President-elect Barack Obama’s plan and put government in control of your doctor and what healthcare treatments you can receive.

And we are also spearheading the effort to combat those in Congress and the new Obama Administration who are advocating recession-deepening tax increases.

We are building powerful coalitions, publicizing the dangers of higher taxes to the economy, rallying public opposition, and targeting for ridicule the most extreme advocates of massive tax increases as we did by naming Representative Jim Moran (D-Va.) CAGW’s November 2008 “Porker of the Month.”  This senior member of Congress articulated the feelings of many of those who want to use the tax system to redistribute wealth when he claimed it is a “simplistic notion that people who have wealth are entitled to keep it.”

Believe me, the coming battles against those who want to spread your wealth will be among the most difficult and important battles in history, and to succeed, we urgently need your support.

That is why I want to urge you in the strongest terms possible to please take a moment right now to become a Charter Member of CAGW by making your largest possible membership contribution of $25, $35, $50, or even $100.

With your help today, CAGW will play a central role in many of the upcoming fights, but we need you!  Please join today and be as generous as you can.

As you decide how much you want to contribute to become a Charter Member, I think it is important for you to remember that unlike many of our opponents, CAGW does not receive a penny in government funds.  Our ability to fight the tax-and-spend politicians all depends on your financial support today.

Ariane, the next several weeks and months will be among the most challenging we have ever faced.  To block massive new wasteful spending, stop those who want to spread your wealth through tax increases, counter the government-run healthcare advocates, and slash the number of costly and corrupt pork-barrel earmarks that are hollowing out our nation’s defenses and other vital programs, we urgently need your support in 2009.

When you consider the $1.04 trillion in savings we have won for taxpayers, which amounts to more than $9,000 for every dollar contributed to CAGW, I think it is fair to say CAGW is one of the best investments you can make in America’s future.  That’s why I urge you to join us by becoming a Charter Member of CAGW today.  This is a historic moment.  We need your help.


Thomas A. Schatz

P.S.  Our battle plan for the critical days ahead depends very heavily on whether I hear from you today.  If I don’t hear from you, it will be a major setback to our ability to wage the incredibly important battles that we face right now.  Please make your largest possible CAGW membership contribution of $25, $35, $50, or even $100 today.

Citizens Against Government Waste is the nation’s largest taxpayer watchdog group with over one million members and supporters nationwide.  It is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.  For more information about CAGW, visit our website at www.cagw.orgBecome a Charter Member by making a tax-deductible contribution today!

Help spread the word about CAGW and our war on waste.

Published in: on January 16, 2009 at 05:00  Leave a Comment  
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