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Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson

Drew Johnson is a columnist, editorial writer and government waste expert at The Washington Times. Mr. Johnson founded and served as president of Tennessee's free-market think tank, is the former opinion page editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press and serves a Senior Fellow at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance.

Articles by Drew Johnson

The Golden Hammer

Army Corps dumps $7M into defective Afghan plant

According to a report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the United States has shelled out more than $7.2 million to construct a defective power plant and wasted another $1.3 million building two gas stations that have never been used. Published January 8, 2015

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Lost stock, unused space plague EPA warehouses

The Environmental Protection Agency spends more than $5.1 million a year to lease partially filled warehouse space stocked with items the agency doesn't even keep track of, according to a critical internal review released this week. Published December 11, 2014

The Godspeed, a re-creation of one of the three ships that brought AmericaÕs first permanent English colonists to Virginia in 1607 has sailed up from the Jamestown Settlement History Museum and docked near the Alexandria City Marina, adjacent to Founders Park and will be open to the public from October 4-9, Old Town Alexandria, VA, October 4,  2011. (Andrew Harnik / The Washington Times)

For a real Thanksgiving story, look to Virginia

After Sir Thomas Dale implemented a system of private property to take the place of communal farming and equal distribution, the colony flourished. By the time he left Virginia three years later, the colony had grown by hundreds of people and the settlers were well-fed and in good spirits. Published November 26, 2014

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

At FAA, bigger budgets for less work lead to waste

The Federal Aviation Administration's budget demands continue to grow, even though air traffic has dropped in recent years and the agency's productivity has significantly declined, according to a damning internal audit. Published November 20, 2014

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff.

Hospitals pocketing taxpayer cash for free devices

Hospitals across the United States may be pocketing millions of dollars in taxpayer money annually by charging Medicare for replacement cardiac medical devices they received for free, a new inspector general's audit has found. Published November 13, 2014

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Millions misspent on AIDS relief in Africa, audit finds

Recent audits showing that at least $2.6 million in federal AIDS relief funding to Africa was misspent raises concerns about how effectively nearly $1 billion in taxpayer funds intended to combat Ebola in the region will be used. Published October 30, 2014

The most egregious examples of government waste, fraud or abuse from TWT staff. (Golden Hammer cropped logo)

Tax dollars wasted on humanities projects, critics charge

It takes a lot of taxpayer dollars to subsidize a culture. American taxpayers are spending tens of millions of dollars this year funding National Endowment for the Humanities grants that, among other things, finance research projects that look into the lives of pets during Victorian England, consider the history of black Americans in golf and study the culture of tea consumption in India. Published October 23, 2014

A woman smokes a cigarette during a break from work in downtown Chicago. (Associated Press)

U.N. approves increased global tobacco tax during secret session

The U.N.'s World Health Organization on Tuesday approved a measure committing countries around the world to sharply raise excise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products, a key step to what critics warn will be a push for a global tax on tobacco. Published October 14, 2014

A tobacco flower waves in a dew-covered field outside Rolesville, N.C., on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Researchers are using a relative of this smoking leaf to grow medicines for the flu and even, perhaps, ebola.  (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

The WHO’s secret tobacco tax

The U.N.'s health agency secretly passed the world's first ever global tax — an outrageous scheme requiring nearly 180 countries to apply a minimum tax on tobacco products. Published October 14, 2014

Many of the pumpkins that are the cornerstones of festivals and events financed by tax dollars were grown with the assistance of pricey farm subsidies. (Associated Press)

Halloween windfall: Taxpayers subsidize pumpkin patches, fall festivals

Fall is in the air and local governments across America are celebrating by using tax dollars to help subsidize everything from pumpkin patches, hay rides and haunted corn mazes to an event that would make "Modern Family's" Cameron Tucker proud: launching Halloween pumpkins thousands of feet into the air. Published October 9, 2014

Illustration on the hypocracy of wealthy environmentalists by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Stop taking environmentalist hypocrites seriously

Tom Steyer, the hedge fund billionaire-turned-environmentalist, just launched a multimillion-dollar attack-ad blitz that takes political dishonesty to a whole new level. Published September 26, 2014

Reel tender Mo Laussie watches fiber-optic cable as he helps install the cable onto telephone poles in 2001 in Louisville, Colo.

Golden Hammer: Chattanooga chokes on too much fiber

Chattanooga’s government-owned fiber optic cable, telephone and high-speed Internet scheme has been hailed as a revolutionary example of publicly-funded broadband. The Internet service, which officials claim can reach speeds of a gigabit-per-second, even led Chattanooga officials to attempt to rebrand the town as “Gig City.” Published September 25, 2014

When the 49ers play their home opener Sept. 14, they will christen their new home, Levi's Stadium, that drew $114 million in taxpayer support. For sacking taxpayers and improving their bottom line with public subsidies, the San Francisco 49ers win this week's Golden Hammer. (Associated Press)

Golden Hammer: Many NFL stadiums built on the backs of taxpayers

The start of a new professional football season Thursday night provided a stark reminder that taxpayers have contributed heavily to the success of the National Football League, with billions in subsidies for new stadiums and even more construction projects on the horizon. Published September 4, 2014